Dear Zindagi

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quick review:

Such a shame that a warm, cushy ambiance with interesting characters don't blend together to make an engaging film.

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Director: Gauri Shinde
Running time: 150 minutes
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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?”

The brightest lining around this skepticism is that these are exactly the thoughts I had when I first saw English Vinglish's teaser. So, fingers crossed

Music Reviews:
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

41 reviewers(?) - 17 yays 15 so-so 9 nays

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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, ZEENEWS.COM : ...'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, by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today : ...Watch the film for Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan. It's an emotional joyride which won't harm you when watched once... 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

So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...This one is a mood film. No surprises, no revelations mid-way, but if you have a mushy-minded mate, this would make for quite a date. ... full review

So-So, Sify Movies : ...Dear Zindagi could have been a lively, fun film albeit with life lessons, rather than the long-winded slice of life it is. ... 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 Rahul Deo Bharadwaj, Desi Martini : ...Dear Zindagi despite its moments of brilliance is a disappointment. It tries to be a feel good movie but comes a cropper. ... 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 Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...But these are small gifts in an overlong, disappointing film that misses its mark. I’m going ... 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

Thumbs down, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Dear Zindagi doesn’t tinker with this basic quality of the Bollywood romance, it’s all good.... full review

111 tweeters(?) - 95 yays 4 so-so 12 nays

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henaljasani: SRK's performance was enjoyable, Alia was pretty and shots taken were pleasing to the eye however overall Dear Zindagi was just 'alright'.

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amaninheaven: An actually a dear film DEAR [email protected] awesome work as always Sir.. Huge huge huge respect..

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

dpanjana: Speaking of film reviews, my review of Dear Zindagi is here. Not bad, some lovely bits, but altogether not great. https://t.co/bkCEqzBdr9

WAbhijit: Movie: Dear Zindagi, My Rating 1/5. it seems the Khans era in Bollywood is over now!! https://t.co/D28FxUUiD1

RudrakeKP: Even after casting two of the best actors from the mainstream films Gauri Shinde manages to keep Dear Zindagi... https://t.co/3gkOvQdmQr

Proud_Odia: "BEAUTIFUL DEAR ZINDAGI" Movie Review in Odia : (1/5) https://t.co/Nb0zrlE0pl https://t.co/D4OOfSdxOt

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.

DrShobha: The script of #DearZindagi is like game of Chinese Whispers,mostly garbled and incoherent https://t.co/3BvYhcQWJY

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.

7 readers - 4 yays 2 so-so 1 nays

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 Subh Sandhu : Nice movie.

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Fan

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  • Violence: None
  • Language: Derogatory language muted
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Mention of sex and a lip-to-lip peck
  • Concept: coming of age of a girl who had a troubled childhood
  • General Look and Feel: A warm, cushy feeling.

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ANuP

@meeta- "In fact, for most parts you look at him and hear him as Jehangir Khan"
didnt find anything special with SRK'S performance. He acted same as he reacts in shows like KOFFEE WITH KARAN or KAPIL SHARMA SHOW. Infact the way he scratch his beard , reminded me of his interview , the only diff was that , he was the person asking question this time..

Anup

The movie had a lot of conversation , which is not exactly a bad thing. I myself is a big fan of BEFORE TRILOGY (before sunrise , before sunset and before midnight) . But those conversations should have to be interesting.
Why English Winglish was such a good film is that it was most relatable to life. But all the Therapy talks in Dear Zindagi were either unrelatable or things which anybody already knows. Its not atall a must watch film . Not even at home. Can be use for burning time. Not even worth for SRK fans. FAN was better then this. May be a little bit for Alia Fans.
This movie can neither satisfy the Intellectual audience neither the commercial audience.
Only persons who can relate to this movie are those who are frustrated with their life and don't know what else to do..

Anuj

Dear Zindagi is a 1 woman equivalent of ZNMD. A mushy, juvenile yet enjoyable urban metropolitan film on the issues relating to urban Indians alone. This is another one of those movies teaching life lessons on juvenile issues usually faced by the rich & the elite metropolitan population of our's for whom failed relationships seem to be the end of the world. Alia does well and SRK's restraint performance provides a refreshing change from his recent misadventures. However, the philosophical talk would not be related to by a vast majority of the audience outside the urban metros.

http://thesimplebollywoodreviewer.blogspot.in/2016/11/dear-zindagina-milegi-dobara.html

A simple story of a young lady and her struggles as she grows up and learns to accept and forgive! Very well written the script and enacted by Alia and Shahrukh. Gauri Shinde shines once again with this one. Here is more nice review of Dear Zindagi which I found

Awesome work done by SRK and Alia in the movie Dear Zondagi. Every song and composition of this movie is Awesome, Checkout all the song and lyrics from http://lyricswish.com/

SRK looks much better in this movie than his typical hero looks. Alia is also impressive. Movie is excellent.

Alia was impressive in her role and SRK have nowadays changed his image from this movie as well as FAN.

SRK rocks. I like this movie, Alia and SRK did a great job. 7/10 from me.

Fan

After making the immensely likeable and down to earth English Vinglish, this one is a let down of a film.

Nothing worse than a person / filmmaker having pretensions of being intellectual and able to do philosophical reflections. In today's day and age where many people are flooded with philosophical messages each day via Whatsapp, if what you have to offer is not far superior than the whatsapp philosophical message that was deleted instantly then the film also will be deleted from the memory.

The film was a bore, characters were horrendous (star power allowed to stay glued to proceedings), story was pathetic, the reasons for Alia's psychological problems were infantile to say the least (seemed contrived and forced to provide the pretext for making the film), other happenings like the dislike for a single working woman in a heavily rich cosmopolitan Mumbai suburb is hallucination. And the solutions to all these problems, simplest of simple, work overnight and heavily soured relations become sugary sweet in an instant - come on guys just wake up and see how ridiculous the proceedings are.

Worst of all was the performance of the Pakistani import, even in normal avtars he is a massive pain to watch but in this film continuously singing his third grade song, he was simply intolerable.

Nothing works at all in this film, only the star power ensures that it gets a few footfalls.

For your Dear Zindagi's sake stay far away from it.

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