Before Gehraiyaan, Watch These Movies Showcasing Complexities In Marriages/ Relationships

Before Gehraiyaan, these film dived into estranged marriages and extramarital affairs.
Krati Purwar

The trailer launch of Gehraiyaan a few days back has all of us hooked to the screens waiting for its arrival on the OTT platform. However, people had mixed reactions because the movie appears to have a story revolving around adultery.

While cheating in a relationship is a moral crime, it lies in the grey area, between the boundaries of black and white. Gehraiyaan appears to be exploring the shades of grey with its amazing cast and striking direction. 

Did you know that it is not the only Bollywood film that is exploring the complex emotions of people in a marriage or relationship? Let’s see what other Bollywood films in the past have dived into the depths of estranged relationships, strained emotions and arduous marriages.

1 Gumrah (1963)

Starring Sunil Dutt, Nirupa Roy, Shashikala, Mala Sinha, Ashok Kumar and Deven Verma, the story deals with an extramarital affair along the lines of long-lost feelings. It has a plot of love, sacrifice and forgiveness directed by B. R. Chopra. 

While the film starts with two sisters Meena and Kamla. Kamla is married to Ashok, and Meena is in love with Rajendra. When Kamla dies, Meena gives up on Rajendra to marry Ashok and becomes a loving stepmother to her sister’s kids.

10 Haseen Dilruba (2021)

It is a romantic mystery thriller movie directed starring Taapsee Pannu, Harshvardhan Rane and Vikrant Massey. It is available on Netflix and ranked among the top 10 most-viewed content in more than 20 countries.

The plot has Rani and Rishab living as a couple in an arranged marriage. Over time, their marriage starts to dwindle, with Rani finding comfort in Neel Tripathi's company, who also happens to be her husband's cousin. The story has many twists and turns that keep the viewer hooked.

2 Guide (1965)

Directed by Vijay Anand, Guide stars Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. It is said to be based on the 1958 R. K. Narayan’s novel ‘The Guide’. The two actors received high critical acclaim for their performances.

The plot explores a guide named Raju falling for a married woman named Rosie. He initially gets to know her, saves her from committing suicide and struggles to make Rosie a singing and dancing star. It explores the boundaries of selfless love that a person can feel for another human being.

3 Silsila (1981)

Silsila is the last movie starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha together. Directed by Yash Chopra, the movie also stars Jaya Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Sanjeev Kumar and Kulbhushan Kharbanda. Though the film flopped at the box office upon its release, years later, the audience showed love to this cinematic piece. Its song tracks are famous till today.

The story of the movie starts with two brothers, Shekhar and Amit, who love Shobha and Chandini, respectively. After the death of Shekhar, Amit marries Shobha, but their marriage becomes estranged. On the other hand, the marriage of Chandini with her husband Anand is also riding a difficult road. The plot explores adultery between two long-lost lovers who are not happy in their marriages.

4 Astitva (2000)

Astitva is a bilingual film directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. It stars Sachin Khedekar, Smita Jaykar, Tabu, Sunil Barve, Mohnish Bahl, Namrata Shirodkar, Ravindra Mankani and Smita Jaykar. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Marathi.

This is the story of Aditi Pandit, a married woman who felt lonely, abandoned and frustrated as a newlywed. She had an extramarital affair with her music teacher Malhar Kamat while her husband Shrikant went on official trips and established physical relations with other women. It also demonstrates the double standard of society towards men and women.

5 Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006)

Karan Johar directed the movie, and it bagged positive reviews from the audience. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukherji and Shah Rukh Khan, the film is based in New York.

The plot has Maya married to Rishi, and Dev is married to Rhea. However, the marriages are far from being ideal relationships. The two couples seem to have arduous marriages. While Rishi and Rhea try to make their relationships work, Maya and Dev indulge in an extramarital affair. The story unfolds in interesting leaps.

6 Life In A Metro (2007)

Directed by Anurag Basu, Life In A Metro has many stories unfolding. It has plot lines of nine people in Mumbai dealing with love and adultery. It has beautifully explored the topic of an extramarital affair and was critically acclaimed for music, screenplay, performances and story.

It is a must-watch if you like to delve into the complex dynamics of relationships and emotions. The story is praise-worthy in exploring people living in troubled marriages and experiencing heartbreaks.

7 The Lunchbox (2013)

Starring Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nimrat Kaur, the movie was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. Ritesh Batra directed the movie and was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

It explored the emotions that often make a person feel distant, lonely and less valued in a relationship. It emphasised that marriage works between two parties who invest emotions, respect and empathy equally into the relationship.


8 Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015)

This romantic drama film was directed by Mohit Suri. It starred Emraan Hashmi, Rajkumar Rao, Vidya Balan and Madhurima Tuli. It received mixed reviews from critics; however, its music gained popularity among people.

The plotline has Aarav falling for the married Vasudha, who was married to Hari, a terrorist. Both Aarav and Vasudha fall in love and begin to imagine a happy life when a terrible twist separates the couple forever.

9 Manmarziyaan (2018)

Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the film stars Taapsee Pannu, Abhishek Bachchan and Vicky Kaushal. It is set in Amritsar, Punjab and was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018. It is set in Amritsar, Punjab and was premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018.

The story starts with Rumi and Vicky in love and enjoying the wilderness of their relationship till reality hits. Rumi’s family waits for Vicky to show up for marriage proposed between the two lovers. But he gets cold feet and immaturely runs away. Rumi marries Robbie, played immaculately by Abhishek Bachchan, and she starts to find comfort in her husband. In a twist, Vicky shows up unannounced and brings a whole lot of turmoil in Rumi's life. Consequently, both the ex-lovers end up getting physically proximate with each other, leading to a world of chaos and disharmony in the lives of Rumi, Robbie and Vicky.