Dear Zindagi-A Movie Reflecting A Child Hidden Fears Impacting Her Future Life!
By Neha Thakur
CAST: Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt, Kunal Kapoor, Angad Bedi, Ali Zafar
DIRECTION : Gauri Shinde
GENRE : Drama
DURATION :2 hours 30 minutes
Kaira (Alia) is a smart cinematographer who is unconventional in her approach to life. Enter Dr Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh), a top-notch therapist (an unconventional one too ), who helps her pacifying her childhood fear which is impacting her present and teaches her how to move forward with her life.
A passionate, gorgeous Kaira knows of her ability in professional life but is very reluctant in committing in her private life to the man she loves. This is a very common problem nowadays about the commitment the partners seek. However, this story is different in the aspect that there is a part of her life when she was a kid which had a very severe impact on her memory living her restless.
The young cinematographer Kaira (Alia Bhatt) is restless and ambitious. She is not able to settle with her boyfriend Sid (Angad Bedi), a restaurateur and has a liking for her colleague Raghuvendra (Kunal Kapoor). Raghuvendra gets an exciting project in New York and suggest her to join the team. Kaira was extremely excited with this opportunity where she can prove her wits in cinematography. However, there is a problem and the problem is that Raghuvendra ex is also on the team as the financers wanted. Kaira having heard of this went berserk but doesn’t show on face to Raghuvendra. She is in love with him but doesn’t want to commit. After a week or so she heard from a friend about Raghu’s engagement. At the same time, she had to leave her flat in Mumbai because the society has stopped taking bachelor’s. She had to move to Goa. To her family and wasn’t really happy about it. She was extremely depressed and wasn’t able to sleep and do anything.
Enter Dr. Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh) who she heard in a conference and was impressed. She took his appointment and he explains that she need not take difficult path and let go of the situation. Choose a simple path rather and live happily. Rahuvendra enters her house upon her arrival after the appointment with Jehangir and she accepted the fact that she will have to leave this opportunity as she is not prepared for this situation. She asked Raghu to “Get the hell out of her house”
The next thing she realizes after meeting with a musician lover is that she can’t accept him and feels safe with her friends but not with her family or boyfriend. Jehangir having realized that she has a bitter past asks her about that. She opens herself to him and revive her with simple things that she can do to let go of that feeling which is troubling her present. Her family also supports her and so does her friends. She feels good about having overcome her fears and move on with her life.
The dialogues are simple yet effective and the direction is good enough to having explained a difficult and out of the league movies in a simple yet effective way. Alia has done a tremendous job and the role very well suits her. Shahrukh Khan has also done a good job as her therapist. Kunal’s charming endeavors and mature behaviour is also well spotted.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5