Dear Zindagi Movie Review

‘Dear Zindagi’ is Gauri Shinde’s second directorial venture after the much-acclaimed Sridevi starrer ‘English Vinglish’. The slice of life film stars Alia Bhatt in the lead, supported by Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor and Ali Zafar. The movie grabbed eye balls owing to the innovative promotional strategy, what with the makers releasing four teasers (no trailer) to give the audience an essence on what the film is all about. Does ‘Dear Zindagi’ live upto expectations? Let’s find out:

Like most youth slice-of-life films, ‘Dear Zindagi’ too is about a confused young teenager. The one-line idea revolves around a psychiatrist aka Dr. Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) helping Kiara (Alia Bhatt) to stand tall against all the internal conflicts in her life.

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Review: There are two major issues with ‘Dear Zindagi’. The film is too lengthy for its genre and the presentation fails to establish an emotional connect with Alia’s character. You don’t feel the pain that Kiara (Alia’s character) is going through in her personal life because the screenplay is all over the place and her character is poorly written. After a confident debut, Gauri Shinde’s direction is as confused as the lead character of her film. She tries to explore the various facets of today’s youth, but fails in both.

‘Dear Zindagi’ does have some brilliantly executed sequences which include Alia’s first interaction with Shah Rukh Khan, her emotional break-down at a family dinner recalling her disturbed childhood. A few life lessons (Don’t let your past blackmail your present to ruin your beautiful future) are worth pondering over. Unfortunately, such moments are few and far in between. After a point, the film gets too preachy and tries too hard to establish the phrase ‘life is all about living those small moments’.

In terms of performances, inspite a limited screen-time, Shah Rukh Khan delivers the most likeable performance in the film. He is phenomenal as Kiara’s life mentor and slips into the character with utmost ease and conviction. He lights up the screen with his charisma and screen-presence. SRK is a casting masterstroke in a film like ‘Dear Zindagi’. Alia Bhatt is brilliant in her emotional sequences and stands tall in her scenes with SRK. That apart, there is a bit of ‘Highway’ hangover in some of her scenes. Kunal Kapoor and Ali Zafar don’t get enough scope to perform, but they do well.

Overall, Dear Zindagi suffers because of the script and fails in an attempt to narrate ‘The Same Old Story’ in a rather ‘Hatke’ manner. The film has nothing novel to offer apart from a few life lessons by SRK.

Pros:

  • Shah Rukh Khan’s brief appearance (around 45 mins of screen-time) is the shinning point in the otherwise dull story.
  • Few well executed sequences in the second half, which the urban youth might connect with.
  • Alia Bhatt yet again proves that she is one of the finest actors from her generation and is here to stay.

Cons:

  • The lead character lacks depth. There are many loose ends even in SRK’s character wherein the director fails to dwell into his back story.
  • The writing is pretty inconsistent and the prolonged run time ensures a slow narrative with repetitive sequences.
  • The first half results in an instant disconnect with Alia Bhatt’s character, the audience might lose interest by the time the director justifies her ‘moody behaviour’.
  • Ali Zafar as a passionate musician does nothing in taking the story forward but just adds onto the runtime.
Rating: ★★½☆☆
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67 Comments

  • @MYANMAR YANGON, Why are you trying to filth everywhere you go. BTW, Are you really from Burma or just sucking blood of innocents???

  • “Dispite srk’ limited appearance” @ indicine its fact that srk has big role in these film its bigger than Akki’s ddd and bhooolbulaya and as far as i remember they were concidered Akshay films. Yoh know these film won’t collect much that is why you are lebelling as cameo.

  • It’s no secret that I do not like SRK, in principle, (but I’m not a hater and recognize his talent), but in the event of a clash RAEES – Kaabil I wish Kaabil victory, but only for SRK and his fans if Kaabil will flop and Raees hit so much dirt will be from Hrithik’s fans, I do not envy the fans of SRK.checked on Rustom and MD. We must help the weak, let us help Kaabil that was not paid by the negative trend from the creators of the film and the PR team Hrithik

  • So before release all were parsing DZ bcoz of gauri shinde last release….. but DZ has failed miserably …..4th flop for srk …too much fun….where is javed,sss,xzone….ohhh they r busy hiding their faces….their a*** must b burning….hahahahaha…cooolllll…

    Waiting for Kaabil ……superhit!!!!!

  • Srk fans reactions:

    Before diwale: it will crush BM inshaallah
    After dilwale flopped : wait for Fan…its rich content movie will create records worldwide inshaallah
    After fan flopped : wait for raees it will crush sultan easily inshaallah but it got postpone… hahahaha…
    Before DZ : its niche film will be superhit inshaallah….. now DZ will too get flopped..

    Now again they are waiting for raees release and saying it will thrash kaabil inshaallah.
    Poor srk fans making fool of themselves… hahahaha….but im loving it….way too much fun….

    Waiting for Kaabil ….superhit!!!

  • Lol.. m from London, New York, Paris, Dubai etc. No one is watching this movie in theatre. All theatres are empty, owners want to cancels shows….

  • Lol…. acclaimed films of srk ain’t crossing 85 crs mark, & whereas Salman’s Crap films crossing 300 & 200 crs… Difference Between Fake Paid Media Created Star of Dwarf Planet Pluto and Megastar Of India Salman Khan…….

    @indicine, one more anti comment in moderation Lol….

  • @sss

    Lol…. srk has limited screen space ??? Don’t try to save srk by writing like this… we know how much screen space he has! no excuses will be accepted to save srk. We know that srk has more screen space in Fan than what he had in Dilwale…. u have written like this so others might think that srk is in Cameo… lol we aren’t fool like u.

  • @Tiger – The Real Donkey

    Dude , u need immediate treatment….Absolutely no other job then spitting your venom against SRK…Pathetic…Get a life loser

  • in reality, there is more of Shah Rukh Khan in
    Dear Zindagi than there was in Rohit Shetty’s
    Dilwale and there’s more of Shah Rukh Khan in Dear Zindagi than there was of Aamir Khan in Taare Zameen Par.
    Once he’s there in Dear Zindagi, Shah Rukh is all there. He takes over the show, as only he can. He is in almost every frame

  • Indicine: U gave 4 stars to crap Happy new year and 2.5 for this??
    after reading this review it looks like u being very critical this time around

  • @blacky, I’m from Myanmar (Burma) Yangon. Btw, why are sucking PRDP review here? Lekin dear zindagi toh FLOP hoke rahega.

  • Indicine , as always ur moderation thing sucksssss!!!!! Atleast stop the biasedness & foot licking of that deshdrohi srk now or else u will become the Arvind kejriwal of Bollywood sites :D :D I hope u understand what I mean.

  • @noam

    Your tinystar doesn’t have any stardom. That’s why his content rich movies are struggling to get enough screens.

    Hahaha…. Calling Bhai a non actor! FYI in fear of non actor Bhai your tinystar runs away from Eid. Just imagine, if Bhai would be a good actor tera bhagoda toh kabka khudkhushi kar chuka hota!

    @rej

    Yes, I’m a loser & frustrated….bcz our Bhai is struggling to surpass 80cr mark while your galaxy ka sabse bada gigastar is delivering 300cr grossers….LOL

  • @Burmese from yangon, I don’t care who is lost or who is gain, koi interest nahin hai in cheezon pe. Good & entertain movies is what i am looking for.. I was concern your comments because you’re spreading hate everywhere you go. I complement where it is deserve & I keep my mouth mum when i don’t like. Not necessary to criticize all the time & barking like a mad dog.

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