Kho Gaye Hum Kahan review: Swipe right for a meaningful take on life in these ‘digital’ times

"Kho Gaye Hum Kahan" hits hard on various counts on the current mindsets that loom large on instant gratification and an unreal world.

ByShashiprasad S M

Published:Dec 26, 2023

A poster of the film Kho Gaye Hum Kahan
A coming-of-age tale

Kho Gaye Hum Kahan (Hindi)

  • Cast: Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Adarsh Gourav, Kalki Koechlin, and Rohan Gurbaxan
  • Director: Arjun Varain Singh
  • Producers: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar
  • Music: OAFF–Savera, Ankur Tewari, Sachin–Jigar, Achint, Karan Kanchan and Rashmeet Kaur
  • Runtime: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • OTT platform: Netflix

There is a hundred percent chance of you reading this review on your smartphones, laptops, iPads, or similar gadgets.

We all live in an age where a majority feel handicapped if they are away from their smart communication gadgets and have not used them even for an hour. Now, imagine the situation if the Internet breaks down for a day!

Admit it: The first thing most of us do in the morning is check our smartphones!

Arjun Varain Singh, who has directed, and co-written Kho Gaye Hum Kahan along with Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, and Yash Sahai, has managed to tell a compelling story that mirrors how the present generation has lost itself in a digital world where likes, followers, views, and comments matter more than most things.

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Arjun Varain Singh directorial Kho Gaye Hum Kahan

Arjun Varain Singh directorial ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’. (Supplied)

This coming-of-age tale revolves around three platonic friends who have been the best of buddies since their boarding-school times.

It opens with Immad Ali (Siddhant Chaturvedi), a stand-up comedian, performing and trying to be funny. He even gives a brief glimpse of his two friends and their lives.

Ahana (Ananya Pandey) is also a flatmate of Imaad but is in love with her boyfriend Rohan, and finally, Neil (Adarsh Gourav) is a fitness trainer.

As a person, Imaad is a lively guy who often uses online dating applications for some fun time and not long-term relationships.

Meanwhile, Ahana, an MBA, wishes to settle down with Rohan. But soon, Rohan takes a break from her.

Neil is in love with an influencer who has a million followers on social media. Imaad visits therapy sessions for a reason.

What follows in Kho Gaye Hum Kahan is a relevant take on what most present-day youngsters are facing in their lives that is heavily based on the influence of instant gratification in the age of social media.

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Want versus need

Kho Gaye Hum Kaha streaming on Netflix

‘Kho Gaye Hum Kaha’ streaming on Netflix. (X)

In a scene from the film, Neil’s father says that the current generation doesn’t know the difference between “want” and “need”.

The larger picture of Kho Gaye Hum Kahan is the difference between real and reel.

Imaad’s character is a representation of how many people run away rather than facing themselves. They usually take solace in things which do not have a sense or meaning to them in the end. It only lasts for some time, with loneliness striking back immediately.

Though one might have millions of followers on social media, each one of them aspiring to live their life. No one is aware of how unreal everything is about the same person!

Kho Gaye Hum Kahan hits hard on various counts on the present mindsets that loom large on instant gratification and the unreal world.


How badly the modern tools of communication have adversely impacted not just young minds but also their take on life is certainly a worrying aspect.

Arjun Varain Singh’s film comes at the right time when everything and anything is being shared in the public domain without realising that it may backfire. There are several instances, in the film that talk reality in a language that many can easily understand and connect to.

The three main leads fit perfectly and speak their minds very clearly and help resonate the burgeoning issue.

While Siddhanth and Adarsh put up an impressive act, it is Ananya Paday who surprises as a lover, friend and sensible thinker in the end.


When was the last time you wished your friend in real on his/her birthday than posting your wishes on Facebook or putting a status on WhatsApp and so on? Not anytime soon! Hmm…, well you are not the only one but one among the millions.

Watch Kho Gaye Hum Kahan for its relevance and riveting tale that makes a meaningful take on the real and unreal world.

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(Views expressed here are personal.)