Kho Gaye Hum Kahan follows the story of three best friends who are navigating career, love, and personal crises in the digital age and is currently streaming on Netflix
A still from Kho Gaye Hum Kahan
The latest addition to Netflix’s films about friendship and relationships is Kho Gaye Hum Kahan. Starring Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Adarsh Gorav – It follows the story of three best friends who are navigating career, love, and personal crises in the digital age. Even after two weeks of its release on the OTT platform, Arjun Varain Singh’s directorial film is souring high at the top 3 spots in India. Featuring three Gen Z leads, the film strikes a contrast with the 90s generation people (Millennials) and the former. Let’s reflect on the five times it screams Bob Dylan’s, ‘’The Times Are A Changin...”
You feel the times have changed when the lead characters are not chasing engineering and medical career fields but rather are opting for new additions. For instance, Imaad as a standup comic or Lala as a social media creator/influencer highlights the career advancements of Gen Zs.
Earlier dating was like young love and sweet gestures with a slight fear of parents as they kept the love affair a secret. Calling someone boyfriend/girlfriend wasn’t free of risks and dating intended to settle down with that person. However, nowadays having a partner is all about showing off on social media that you’ve someone. The excitement of loving someone special is replaced by having anyone to satiate their physical needs. Dating is now situationships or casual night-out stands on online apps like Tinder.
Voicing against stalking
One of my favorite scenes is when Neil takes the stand for Lala against stalking her creepy neighbor. Be it social media stalking or physical stalking- Creeping into someone’s life is a crime. Another aspect that gave it a Gen Z turn is taking therapy sessions with a professional therapist to listen to your twisted life can slowly heal the wounds of personal crisis.
Startups are the new normal
The previous generations’ one of the worst fears was to quit their job, despite toxic colleagues and work culture – Millennials would stick to their jobs and lose their passion, while the Gen Zs strive for success and take risks to follow their passion. For Instance, Ahaana quits her job to help out her friend and do something of her own where her credit is not swept away by some senior manager.
Gender dynamics in friendship
We all have heard the dialogue, “A boy and girl can never be friends”- Well it’s time to trade the age-old saying for a newfound dynamic in friendship. Despite having two boys and a girl in their friend's squad, none of the three falls for the other, which is something new to the cinematic approach of Bollywood where one friend always falls for another like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or Dil toh Pagal Hai.
Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’s Ahaana, Imaad, and Neil value their friendship and never blur out the line for any romantic or sexual advances.
Arjun Varain Singh’s Kho Gaye Hum Kahan is streaming hot on Netflix since December 26.