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The charm is inescapable, surely. Despite Shah Rukh Khan's character being played by Shah Rukh Khan. But the question is, when does charm become too much? Is it possible to watch 2+ hours of it? We could've blamed Alia Bhatt's cuteness for the OD, but not after Highway and Udta Punjab, right?
I am all for romance and the “aawwww” that comes with the honemoon period and the “aawww shucks” that goes with the heartbreak thereafter. But, this one sounds too upbeat even when Alia Bhatt's character asks, “Why are romantic relationships so irritating?”
Bollywood Life – "3.5/5"
Filmfare - "3/5"
Milliblog - "Not so dear, zindagi."
Music Aloud – "3.5/5"
The Quint - "Dear Zindagi doesn’t score high and remains yet another underwhelming effort by the composer who is capable of much more. "
Times of India - "3/5"
- meeta, a part of the audience
You are writing a letter to life. You start, “Dear Zindagi,” (Dear life). Obviously, you are going to end up philosophizing a lot. And that's exactly what the film does too. It tries to weave that into a story of a young, confused, urban girl. But, we know it is all a metaphor and Dear Zindagi actually wants to talk to you. Ironically, this is where it loses all connect with you.
Given Shah Rukh Khan is doing a lot of the pep talk, you'd think the connect is lost because of is all-knowing smirk.
Given Shah Rukh Khan is doing a lot of the pep talk, you'd think the connect is lost because of is all-knowing smirk. It's not. In fact, for most parts you look at him and hear him as Jehangir Khan. And it really is great when this happens. Alia Bhatt too is her usual refreshing self, even when her character is reflecting on the big doses of philosophy being thrown her way.
However, the confused, urban girl and her problems are only as interesting as a confused, urban girl's problems can be. Sure, I want her to sort herself out and see her life beyond her problems. But, I don't want to sit with her through her therapy sessions. This is not apathy, it is a response to jerky screenplay and a protagonist whose problems that I understand but don't engage with.
At first glance, you could say you feel the disconnect because Kaira seems to be living a pretty decent life - good at her work, good friends, romantic attention from the kind of guys she likes. “She has no problem”, you might want to say, “What do I root for?” Herein lies Dear Zindagi's agenda. It is ok for you to be unhappy even if most things are going your way. There is no need to be hard on yourself, it says.
It is a noble enough cause, one that propagates – we ought to be comfortable with ourselves even when we are unhappy. Unfortunately, to make a fictional film, it needs solid characters with an engaging story that binds them together. And to acknowledge that a poor joke is poor or a deep philosophical quote is a too deep, doesn't make either of those less tacky.
Kaira's character is totally imaginable as a girl you'd know, the kind who uses her rudeness on her sleeve while it actually is a coping mechanism of sorts. She has her reasons to be that way, but Dear Zindagi shows them to you too late to be able to fit the complicated puzzle that Kaira makes herself out to be.
I am glad that we know very little about Jehangir Khan. He's a therapist who seems to know what he is doing. And that is pretty much all we need to know. And the unique chemistry between Kaira and Jehangir is played out well by the two actors too.
It is a noble enough cause, one that propagates – we ought to be comfortable with ourselves even when we are unhappy.
The disoriented feeling then comes from the breaks into Kaira's life, her friends, etc. It is a little too plain, a little too long, a little too repetitive. A crisper, even if not a more enticing, slice of her life would have had a better impact. Dear Zindagi is one of those very few films that start out drab and pick up steam in the second half. While it is nice to have a well-founded set-up, if it is dull it becomes even more difficult for the story to hook you.
It is a shame then that a film that had all the right things to say; that had capable actors to say them the right way; that had characters who could have kept your thoughts from going astray doesn't do it all too well. It is a film different from the norm which by itself wins some points, but not quite enough.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...Standing ovation and slow-clap for director Gauri Shinde and Alia Bhatt. They are the bravest most beautiful duo of women in our cinema today. Can’t wait to see what they do next. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...Dear Zindagi will definitely appeal to you if you love slice of life film. A little bit of trimming here and there would have been good, and it is not a typical Bollywood movie. However that shouldn’t stop you from not witnessing one of Alia’s best performances and SRK being his charming best. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Maulin Parmar, Desi Martini : ...Cinematography is perfect. Set-ups, locations of Goa, costumes - everything just comes to the place perfectly, and that's why the film looks so fresh and engaging. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...this film has some fantastic moments. Some soul searching philosophy and some heart crushing realities on offer. Dear Zindagi is a feel good film. An experience that will make you feel alive.... full review
Thumbs up, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...All said and done, DEAR ZINDAGI is an impeccably performed touching if not everlasting adage on life and relationship with some soul stirring moments hailing the power of Alia Bhatt as a super performer and SRK as the irresistible cool charmer minus the super star's 'arm spread' we all know. - See more at: http://www.glamsham.com/movies/reviews/dear-zindagi-movie-review.asp#sthash.z4eLDnD4.dpuf... full review
Thumbs up, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...But that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this feel-good drama. If you are looking for a heartwarming, sensitive film about troubled twenty-somethings, then make a date with Dear Zindagi. You won’t live to regret it. ... full review
Thumbs up, by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia : ...The central conflict does not seem very convincing and there were several scenes that could have done away with or trimmed for a stronger impact. Despite all these shortcomings, 'Dear Zindagi' boasts of a strong central performance and several heart-warming moments, which makes for a comfortable watch.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...This film, at its core, is very much an 'indie', as it were — a very talkie/ conversational sort of feature, perhaps preachy, or overladen with 'gyanpatti', but mostly quiet, even indoorsy. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...We are not saying that this film is one of the best to have come out this year, but if you are in the mood for something different than the 'run of the mill' fare dished out every week, Dear Zindagi should not disappoint you... ... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Dear Zindagi pulls at the heartstrings. It is also loaded with genteel humour. But what works above all is that the pop philosophy/psychology that underlines the drama at the film's core isn't the least bit pulpy. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Shomini Sen, News18.com : ...Gauri Shinde already had everyone’s attention when she cast Alia Bhatt and SRK together in a film but with such a simple yet poignant story, she gives us a film that stays with you for a long time. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...Alia is remarkably perceptive and there's a catchy rhythm to her interactions with SRK neither ever forgetting she is principal, he is peripheral. The breakthrough she makes, the healing he offers, the bond they form extends across the screen. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Dear Zindagi is a lovely picture, made with finesse and heart, and one that not only takes some stigma off the idea of seeking therapy, but -- in the most natural of ways -- goes a long way in making a viewer think of the people who matter most. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...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. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall : ...There is not much to be critical about Dear Zindagi. It is a frothy film, but it is not frivolous. It pointedly addresses an important issue about our society that usually goes unspoken. When it does, it is unflinching and honest without being melodramatic. Watch it for the intelligence that shines through – in the writing, the performances, and the direction. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...Watch ‘Dear Zindagi’, for the beauty of subtlety, for its insight into contemporary relationships and to understand that talking to a therapist can be as simple as trying to get some sleep. There’s no shame in seeking help for emotional issues, just like we do for physical ailments. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raghav Jaitly, Zee News : ...'Dear Zindagi' is a new age script that will do well with the youth. By moving ahead of romantic relationships, the movie also teaches important life lessons on how to deal with your family and how to bury the baggage of past. The flick is more like a therapy that the modern generation needs today in order to live a stress-free life. It is hard to comment whether it will work wonders in the single screen and rural areas but, if you need some freshness and a break from Bollywood clichés, then straightaway head to a theatre closest to you to grab a slice of 'Dear Zindagi' ... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vertticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Above all, it is nice to see a film making an effort to destigmatise patient-therapist interactions, in a portrayal far removed from the “paagalkhanas (lunatic asylums)” of an earlier Bollywood era. ... full review
So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Do films on issues senstitise us to them? Or do we just watch films as entertainment, make clucking noises for a couple of hours, and return to our homes, to our default settings? If you believe the former, Dear Zindagi is a quiet little revolution.... full review
So-So, Bollywood Hungama : ...Even though DEAR ZINDAGI does not have any superlative music (Amit Trivedi), the songs are not thrusted and do not act as a roadblock in the scenes. The film’s background score (Amit Trivedi) contributes decently to the film’s progress. The flip side of DEAR ZINDAGI is that the movie is devoid of chartbuster music, romance and action. And this absence will be felt in small town and cities where the audience will find the movie bereft of any entertainment. ... full review
So-So, by SUPARNA SHARMA, Deccan Chronicle : ...Worse is its Bollywood-eqse devotion to its stars which means that it pays little attention to other characters, turning it into a flat film — like a long pop-up book where only two characters keeps popping-up page after page.... full review
So-So, by Shefali Saxena, Desi Martini : ...Dear Zindagi is a one-time watch, but not for the massy audience. You’ve got to love philosophy to understand this movie. It’s a little deep. I wish Gauri took her own dialogue seriously, “Genius is about knowing when to stop.” ... full review
So-So, by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini : ... This movie is likely to appeal to a young audience that has to deal with relationship and career issues. It does touch a nerve once in a while but too much love can kill you and too much talk will numb you. Watch if you are an Alia Bhatt and/or SRK fan or if this kind of “talk” movie is your cuppa. The rest can use the therapist’s couch to snooze. ... full review
So-So, by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Despite this, Dear Zindagi is immensely watchable thanks to Alia and SRK. Their unconventional pairing works magically , a mentor and mentee , a therapist and patient , they compliment each other's energies well. SRK is the calm suave controlled foil to the unnerved energy of Alia and it is a delight to watch him let her take centre stage. ... full review
So-So, by Yatharth Chauhan, Desi Martini : ...Dear Zindagi has almost everything going for itself but it’s never a good feeling to even remotely attach the term ‘boring’ to an otherwise healthy spirit of a movie. ... full review
So-So, by Tushar P. Joshi, DNA : ...Dear Zindagi feels like a long, unending conversation that leaves you feeling exhausted. We wish Dr. Jehangir's character had more appeal than the texture of his facial scruff. ... full review
So-So, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ...As we pondered the disconnect we felt for Dear Zindagi, for a while we considered the possibility that it is a gender thing. Perhaps a Kritika Deval or a Zehra Abbas may have drawn more out of this film than a Josh. Perhaps, they might have been better able at communicating Kaira's pathos to us. But that circumvents the fact that firstly Shinde failed at that communication. She is still the sensitive director who can compose wonderful frames, command her music director and editor's talents, and extract lovely performances from her cast. She can still touch your heart. Only, for reasons we couldn't fathom, she does it at an arm's length. ... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...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. ... full review
So-So, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Clocked at 149 minutes, Dear Zindagi stretches unnecessarily and should have been wrapped up in two hours considering its content. A lot of portions in the first half could have been chopped off for this.... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Anyway the film still deserves ‘a minus one’ for the unrequired, awful versions of the cult Illayaraja song “Aye Zindagi Gale Laga Le”, when the makers could have easily used the original avoiding the pathetic damage. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Gauri Shinde seems to shy away from the ugliness and searing agony of real mental illness, perhaps because audiences would not have been able to bear it. So she opts for the light and trite, which is such a pity.... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Gauri Shinde’s second directorial effort has the stars- Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt, but loses out on credibility and sustenance.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...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.. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...Dear Zindagi has its heart in the right place but its approach is meandering and sluggish. Relying far too much on the two leads and fragmented introspective moments, Dear Zindagi doesn't have the emotional clarity and punch.... full review
Thumbs down, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...Despite the presence of Shah Rukh, there is just no emotional connect with Alia and you want to reach out and say, 'Enough!' to her. They try so hard to 'be cool'. It's not the fault of the young actors at all. Even Ali Zafar, who is perfect as the rebound boyfriend comes across as one-dimensional and easy to dismiss. The story just doesn't have enough meat. It's so Aalia-focussed, there is no room to develop the other characters. They're all there to show how 'kewl' Aalia is. ... full review
_purplesmurf: Reading all the bad things about Dear Zindagi but I absolutely loved the movie.
zeal_ghia: Dear Zindagi thanks for telling my story in better organized way
zalia28_: cant get over dear zindagi
vjshanks: Dear Zindagi is a terrific film.Very first-world-problems in it's milieu...and @aliaa08 captures the angst of a generation so powerfully
VishRathi1: Go fore Dear Zindagi Again Especially SRK FANGIRLS
urmilamahanta: Watched "Dear Zindagi".....loved it.....Aliyaa & SRK rocks.
TweetDarshJain: You will love it ! BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI
syedirfanali22: Just now I saw the movie dear zindagi.really heart-touching and a pure now-a-days life living style story alia and srk
SunaynaSharma5: Just saw d film "Dear Zindagi" Mind blowing..... Very touching message Congratulations to @gaurishindeshahruhkkhan&aliabhatt
Suhannia_1209: Dear Zindagi. A movie that all parents should watch. Especially mine.
shruthivee: Dear zindagi ❤ Im not saying anything, just watch it. Just O_O WATCH IT Okbye
shivkharbale: #Dear_Zindagi What an amazing movie it is..!! Really loved it.. Lovee you zindagi... — feeling refreshed
seikh_sahir: Dear Zindagi an unusual Bollywood movie that explores the inner life of a troubled women#dearzindagi#simply awesome.
saumya_thakur: Dear Zindagi was a really good movie.
SanimaNahiDekhe: Dear Zindagi is an amazing movie! Must watch everyone! You rock @aliaa08 ! Love you! And @iamsrk aap to hai hi baadshah _/\_ #DearZindagi
sachissanket: Dear Zindagi, a movie with a nice cool way of storytelling & gyaanbaazi. Wish to meet my Jug in real life #DearZindagi @iamsrk @aliaa08
Ritwikxm: Dear Zindagi is pretty good.
RITESHJAGTAP10: #dear zindagi owsome movie. ❤ @aliaa08 @iamsrk
rihan3012: #Dear_Zindagi... #Jahangir_Khan... Really A Amazing story...... Thanks #gaurishinde
rehanaplanet: Seriously nid a therapist like u jehangir Khan @iamsrk #Dear zindagi
rdx_28: Everyone have a great Sunday and to make it enjoyable go and watch dear zindagi. great work @aliaa08 @iamsrk
rahulDROSH: Thank u to @gauris & to all who acted in Dear Zindagi for giving us an amazing & a special film to remember. @iamsrk @aliaa08 @SRKCHENNAIFC
PutriSuffiah: Dear Zindagi was so goooood. I rate 9/10 for its content!!! So deeeep
priyanka_raya: DEAR ZINDAGI is more than BEAUTIFUL ♥ Relatable to everyone! @iamsrk need to fix a session wd Mr Khan @aliaa08 YOU ARE A SUPERSTAR! ✨☺❤
pratkkk: Alia's best performance till now. SRK with the various lessons of life. Dear Zindagi is Happiness :D
pepper_smoker: Dear Zindagi is full of much needed lessons for younger audience. Loved it. ☺
PamBoughan: Dear zindagi is an amazing movie that helps challenge the stigma of mental health problems. I was already a fan of @iamsrk but now @aliaa08
ohhsnapitssonia: Dear Zindagi was so comforting.
Narendra7Mhatre: Watched #dear zindagi... @iamsrk and @aliaa08 nailed it with Speechless performance. @gauris you made an amazing feature film..ty all
nandurianusha: Dear Zindagi ❤
nancy_punjabi: Just watched #Dear zindagi it's touch your heart and yes I want a person like jug in my life too @iamsrk love u in the movie
Mr_WhackJob_: Loved every bit of Dear Zindagi. Real, simple, story of millions of people! #DearZindagi
MrSomeBody21: Most beautiful scene of #DearZindagi, when Alia tells SRK her childhood memory. What an expression by SRK Beautiful Dear Zindagi
mirzatausif02: Dear zindagi..jitna khubsurat naam utni khubsurat film..thank u for giving us sch a beautiful mvie @iamsrk @aliaa08 wrds r nt enuf 2 dscribe
MikaeelMohammad: Finally I watched. A wonderful but not words has remains to describe or praise that film marvellous. @iamsrk @aliaa08 BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI
meghananikade: Saw Dear Zindagi film.. brilliant film and very good performance by Alia bhatt
masum219: Wached 2nd time, Big mouth, small talk can speak not only about the movie classic It's a tremendous clap BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI @iamsrk
makaylaspersaud: Dear Zindagi, a new Indian movie starring Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhaat , was an amazing and eye tearing movie that will make you emotional.
MaheshToradmal: Dear Zindagi teaches how to deal with life.....## Hats off to SRK ......## Best actor as regular...#
lovesrkwithlife: I think that Dear Zindagi has captured the sensitivity and sensibility of Indian cinegoers. A profound message so simply put. @gauris
laxmanssajiyal1: Watch dear zindagi
lahvanya_: Dear zindagi is amazing
KothaiKirthi: Dear Zindagi - gud one,nice dialogues without being heavy. Alia rocks. SRK - matured act. Thanks Gauri Shinde for another neat entertainer.
KhanAhmadIrfan: Must Watch BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI #Live On -bd/. Network :)
KavithaRocks: Dear Zindagi - A nice movie
i_angrydude: Bollywood desperately need movies like #DearZindagi BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI
i_amnikita: Dear Zindagi is so deep that u just cant put its awesomeness into words, u can just feel its beauty and say really Love u zindagi for SRK :)
its_prashantrai: Watched DZ It's Nice Movie simply awesome wid a message @aliaa08 u nailed it
iShaharyar_MD: Dear Zindagi is a fabulous experience. A must watch for everyone. Alia Bhatt is more than outstanding. SRK highly adorable.
ipromise03: Heart Touching #BEAUTIFUL_DEAR_ZINDAGI.... Must Watch.. @iamsrk & @aliaa08 Rocking performence
imwakkar: Lovely dear zindagi
Iluvbeingindian: Dear Zindagi is really a nice movie,didnt know that Alia bhat can act really well, SRK should do more roles likes this #highlyrecommended
ibu_zak: Just watched dear zindagi n it's wow.... U just rocked it @iamsrk n @aliaa08 u both r amazing in the film Best film I watched in while
iamshubhSRK: Dear zindagi will stay with me for quite a while...specially that last scene between SRK and alia followed by that chair incident
Iamharry007: Movies Like "FAN" & "DZ" Comes once in Decade .Don't miss it !! BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI
henaljasani: SRK's performance was enjoyable, Alia was pretty and shots taken were pleasing to the eye however overall Dear Zindagi was just 'alright'.
GandhiMihirMr: Dear Zindagi , one of the very good movies ever seen after long. Thank you @iamsrk , @aliaa08 and the crew of the film. Kudos !
FightingFatin: So many life lessons from Dear Zindagi. Good movie to watch
DrSRKsFan: Ek sukoon se feel hota h movie dekhne k baad.. BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI
dpkgwl23: DEAR ZINDAGI HOLDS UP A MIRROR TO LIFE .. Go Watch it @iamsrk @aliaa08
dips1511: Wtchd Dear Zindagi.Vry refreshing and full of zindagi movie.Brilliant work by Alia. So matured & immaculate performance. Lovd hr character.
dino161180: Dear zindagi, a must watch movie.
deepsrkian: Love u zindagi BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI
DannuMohd: I love dear zindagi
damani_mehul: The awesomeness of the movie is too damn high @iamsrk @aliaa08 #DearZindagi BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI
bharadwaj_isha: Just watched dear zindagi n m still crying .....one of the best movie from @karanjohar ....love u zindagi
BeSameerKapoor: You just hav to feeel it.. Its the most beautiful feelin in the worldd !! || BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI ||
AsfiyaMemon: Dear zindagi nice movie
AryushiaurVirat: Aliaa Bhatt's acting in Dear Zindagi is fkn awesome. She has slayed it. I love her. And I lovveeeeed the movie.
Ankur_Gunjariya: Go and watch Dear Zindagi BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI
aneekarma: Dear Zindagi, Why so beautiful?
A23P8: Dear Zindagi..A beautiful movie with some dull moments..but when @iamsrk enters, it becomes even more enjoyable.
3dancelover: Just watched Dear Zindagi and it was amazing. Made me feel warm at heart and consider everything that was said #DearZindagi @aliaa08 @iamsrk
loku_mahathaya: Dear Zindagi the movie was good but too much of talking that I fell asleep.
KharoBangdo: Dear Zindagi. Alia Bhatt with the performance of the year too. Her volatility was endearing. Disappointed with the end though. 3/5
fanofsrk575: Finally watched dear zindagi. 1st half was boaring till srk didnt took entry but then film was on another level . Kudos @iamsrk #DearZindagi
katslayinn: Dear Zindagi's biggest weakness is that it makes mental illness about sex! it treats it very lightly very disappointing take from Gauri !
Jyotijangid11: flop movie Dear Zindagi ...
Farisky: Watched Dear Zindagi. Now, fear Zindagi. Need truckloads of beer, Zindagi.
chonmore: Dear Zindagi. Sorry to torture you for 2.5 hrs. Only good thing is that I will get ₹200 cash back from @Paytm
Chaits_: Dear Zindagi tries to tackle new age problems of the young n restless of urban India without preaching. Good at times, but not much heart.
Bolly_drama: Dear Zindagi was BORING
BeLikeBilla: The movie Dear Zindagi is like my Zindagi totally waste of time... #DearZindagi
AkkuKulhari: Dear Zindagi should actually be called Fuck You Zindagi because that’s exactly what they are saying to the audience.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anuj : Watchable for the urban multiplex youth audiences. Silly & juvenile for the rest.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Lyricswish : Awesome work done by SRK and Alia in the movie Dear Zondagi.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Mahesh : Go and Watch new way of Looking towards life
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rakesh : Excellent movie
So-So, by Anup : Philosophical as much as Fortune cookies goes
So-So, by Narin
So-So, by Subh Sandhu : Nice movie.
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Fan
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