Director– Gauri Shinde
Cast– Alia Bhatt, Shahrukh Khan, Angad Bedi, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunal Kapoor, Yashwasini Dayama, Ira Dubey
Story– Young and talented cinematographer Kaira (Alia Bhatt) is unable to decide whether it’s important to be a part of the clichéd world that expect a woman to marry at a certain age, not to try multiple relationships and even dictates their career choices or to accept oneself with all good, bad and ugly. It is then she decides that she needs a Dimag ka Doctor aka DD, Shahrukh Khan who helps her to get over her cloistered self and fight her demons.
Review– The movie begins with Kaira shooting a scene of a film but not being happy with her career growth. Soon the plot shifts towards her love life where she wants to be loved but is unable to sustain a relationship for a long time. Her messy love life and troubled family life seem to be exaggerated to a point that one soon begins to lose interest.
Jahangir Khan (Shahrukh Khan), an established shrink is suave and dishy and carries his role with panache. He captivates you through his eyes and witty one liners. His sessions with Alia were compelling and sustain the interest of the audience. SRK has delivered a powerful performance and has once again proved that he can woo anyone in a deep and philosophical act.
Kaira (Alia Bhat) seemingly a little irrational and a stuck-up girl performs her role to the perfection. She carries out the confusion, chaos and her emotional turmoil with a dab of realism. While her acting is praiseworthy, she also mesmerizes us with her charm and sense of style.
Rest of the actors such as a little boy who comes to Jahangir to get his cycle repaired seems to be misplaced. Even the other actors, Angad Bedi, Kunal Kapoor and Ali Zafar, do not seem to be justifying their role. Although no complaints with their acting but they could have been given a stronger plot.
‘Dear Zindagi’ has a story line that may be true for many struggling in their twenties. The theme is urban, contemporary and can dispel the stigma connected with taking psychological help or following one’s heart without giving damn about the rest of the word. While we appreciate the thoughts behind the movie, we felt that the plot was too lose and attempts were not knit properly. It also seemed to be progressing sluggishly. The movie could have let the audience spell bound with better execution.