#DearZindagi film reviews

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So, the long awaited #DearZindagi has finally been released and for those who have not caught the first day first show, the thoughts are – “how is it”? Has it lived up to expectations or has it not? One can makeup one’s own mind after watching it, but here is what critics think:

Needless to say : SPOILERS AHEAD

NDTV – 3.5 stars.

Coming in the wake of a string of Bollywood back numbers unleashed with new covers (Rock On 2, Tum Bin 2, Force 2), Dear Zindagi is a whiff of fresh air that could blow away the suffocating mustiness that was threatening to settle around us.

A girl interrupted several times over and at a loose end as a consequence finds a saviour in the form of a suave,
sweet-talking shrink who pulls her out of the psychological trough.

That might sound like an overly simple logline for a film about a psychoanalyst and a comely patient with serious relationship issues.

But with Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan – yes, that is the order in which their names appear in the opening credits – delivering a delightful on-screen duet, you simply cannot take your eyes off the screen.

 

Click here to read the complete review on NDTV.

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Indian Express – 1.5 stars

Dear Zindagi movie cast: Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Yashwasini Dayama, Ira Dubey, Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar, Angad Bedi
Dear Zindagi movie director: Gauri Shinde

When we meet Kaira aka Koko (Alia Bhatt) in Dear Zindagi first, she is working. On a set. Looking at the world through a lens, constructing pretty images. We know, from her smile, and from the appreciative comments of her co-workers, that she is good at what she does.

To have a female lead presented as possessing a profession from the get-go, and excelling at it, still feel like a significant step for a Bollywood movie. And to have Kaira declare to a current love that she has had a fling with another feels nothing short of a revolution.

And then, just as suddenly, the film gets becalmed. It stops moving.

Click here to read the complete review on Indian Express.

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Times of India – 3.5 stars.

DEAR ZINDAGI HOLDS UP A MIRROR TO LIFE

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, silly fears and frailties all part of the life process. So brave it we must. This kind of sums up the life lesson writer-director Gauri Shinde’s second directorial film imparts.

Feisty Alia, one of the better actors of the current generation, turns in a nicely nuanced performance. And SRK in his sober-avatar possessing infinite gyaan tempts you to seek out a therapist. If you’re in the mood to do some soul-searching this weekend, this film could do it for you.

Click here to read the complete review on Times of India.

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Hindustan Times – 2 stars.

Dear Zindagi review: Shah Rukh Khan is charming but this life is unreal

Four years after her much-appreciated debut with English Vinglish, filmmaker Gauri Shinde is back with another female protagonist-centred story that aims to unsettle cliches in our judgemental society – Dear Zindagi.

Starring Alia Bhatt as the lead and Shah Rukh Khan as her psychiatrist, Dear Zindagi is about Kaira (Alia) – an aspiring cinematographer who does small ads and projects but wants to shoot an entire feature film. The introductory sequence – with Kaira’s confident banter and hands-on body language – assures us that she is truly talented and knows her job well. However, when she is offered a big break in a feature film, she is not sure if it is because of her talent or because one of the co-producers finds her hot. This co-producer, Raghavendra (Kunal Kapoor), is also the one with whom Kaira is cheating on her current love, Sid (Angad Bedi).

If only Gauri brought better-etched characters and delved more into the emotional turmoils of her lead, this could have been a wonderful “slice-of-life” film with several messages to be lauded for. What she ends up with is a “could-have-been-amazing” film..

Click here to read the complete review on Hindustan Times.

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India Today – 3stars.

Dear Zindagi, from the way it looked, felt, came across as, right from its title, was known to be a slice-of-life film ever since its first poster was released. What it is all about, therefore, is as good as anyone’s guess. The magic lay in the execution. For most of its parts, Dear Zindagi has its moments, but there are those stray notes that don’t necessarily fit properly in the scheme of things.

Kiara (Alia Bhatt), a budding director, is stuck in a rut. Her dream job is out of her reach, her love life is in a mess, her landlord asks her to vacate her Mumbai apartment because she’s a single woman. Relatable much. Kiara’s parents are based in Goa. Kiara is like any of us right after a break-up. When a guy leaves you for someone else, you continue with life like nothing ever happened.

Dear Zindagi scores a few brownie points on the emotion front. However, when the film has emotions as its driving point, it comes as an unpleasant surprise when it can’t even do much there.

Click here to read the complete review on India Today.

Alia Bhatt

Filmfare – 4 stars.

Alia Bhatt is the champion of playing broken girls. She did it with Highway and Udta Punjab, she absolutely hits the nail on the head with Dear Zindagi. This film is all about Alia’s character Kiara’s tryst with emotional therapy. She goes from being temperamental to all sorted out over a span of two-odd hours and her journey serves up some phenomenal moments. Director/writer Gauri Shinde crafts a sublime film. Shah Rukh Khan puts out oodles of charisma. Dear Zindagi is that rare brand of cinema that makes you cry and laugh all at one go.

The story deals with Alia Bhatt’s Kiara not having a handle on her life. Mostly just her relationships. This spirited young girl has great friends and a killer job but she just can’t keep her head straight when it comes to romance. She’s even worse while dealing with her parents. That all too familiar feeling of taking your parents for granted and not giving them respect continues from Gauri Shinde’s last movie English Vinglish. Of course, the involvement of Dr Jehangir Khan (SRK) brings about a change in Kiara’s life and relationships. Their Woody Allen type conversations add some veritable spunk to Dear Zindagi.

Dear Zindagi scores a few brownie points on the emotion front. However, when the film has emotions as its driving point, it comes as an unpleasant surprise when it can’t even do much there.

 

Click here to read the complete review on Filmfare.

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