Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Ali Zafar, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunal Kapoor, Ira Dubey
Director: Gauri Shinde
What’s Good: Shah Rukh Khan’s role as the ‘cool’ shrink is easily likable. A surprisingly good second half pulls this film up.
What’s Bad: Gauri Shinde’s film truly picks up only in the second half.
Loo Break: Pre-interval and during the interval is a good time.
Dear Zindagi Story: Kaira (Alia) is an astute cinematographer who is bohemian in her approach to life. Enter Dr Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh), a top-notch therapist, who helps her lay her innermost demons to rest.
Dear Zindagi Review: In a scene from the film, Alia who is heartbroken, bites into a green chilli. As her eyes cloud over, she looks at her best buddy Fatima (Ira Dubey) and says — “the chilli is pungent.’’ Tears, senseless feelings of dread and frailties all part of the life procedure. So overcome it we should. This sort of wholes up the life lesson essayist executive Gauri Shinde’s second directorial film bestows.
In any case, not at all like her first film English Vinglish that hit the bullseye inconspicuously, here the message is pounded. Obviously a portion of the composition has justify. There are interesting and cunning jokes. There are various analogies attracted to clarify the countless connections one experiences in today’s quick short lived urban life. Some of this makes you laugh, some of it makes you cry. No issues up to this point. Be that as it may, the primary portion of the film winds, making you eager. In all honesty, things really start to look into just before break when SRK, without his trademark outstretched arms, shows up.
As said before, the hero played by Alia flutters like a butterfly from Raghuvendra (Kunal) to Sid (Angad) and later to Rumi (Ali). What’s more, there is a back story to show why she is so messed up. Truly, her tension chomps to some degree however not by any stretch of the imagination.
To break down why she is how she is, Alia makes a meeting with SRK a DD (dimaag ka specialist) in Goa. It is on his lounge chair that she can voice her feelings of trepidation. As he carefully gets the bits of her past and “pieces” her together, the film permits the viewer too to go up against some of their own tensions. So it isn’t all futile.
Feisty Alia, one of the better on-screen characters of the present era, turns in a pleasantly nuanced execution And SRK in his sober-avatar possessing infinite gyaan tempts you to seek out a therapist. In case you’re in the mind-set to do some spirits looking this end of the week, this film could do it for you.
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