Dear Zindagi- Movie Review

by , Tuesday November 29, 2016
Dear Zindagi- Movie Review




Alia Bhatt AS Kaira

Shah Rukh Khan AS Dr Jehangir Khan


When I first saw the trailer I wasn’t really excited about the movie. The trailer didn’t reveal much, of course, in order to bring about curiosity among the audience especially Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt fans. I wished the trailer would have shown us a bit more about the movie because my first assumption was that we were going to witness the presence of another Bollywood movie with the usual romance and drama where the girl falls in love with her therapist… But we can’t really do anything about the trailer now because now that I have watched the movie, I know my assumptions were completely wrong.

It is an amazing movie with a great storyline shot in the beautiful land of Goa along with wonderful songs. What else do you need?

 The movie is about a girl named Kaira (Alia Bhatt) who feels herself falling apart in a situation where nothing goes according to her requirements. Her love life is awful, her landlord kicks her out and she is unsatisfied with her job. She has to go to Goa where her family lives and the odd thing is that she doesn’t like Goa (a place that is heaven for many) just because her family lives there since she has her own family issues. While shooting an advertisement for a restaurant in Goa, she accidentally meets a therapist, Dr Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), in a seminar after which she contacts him. This was her life’s turning point.

“Don’t let the past blackmail your present into ruining your future.”

The concept of the film is unique compared to the usual Bollywood films- it is about love, belonging, happiness and acceptance. Kaira’s character was nicely portrayed, was relatable and her thoughts and situations are somewhat similar to what every person has gone through at one point in their life. It shows how your childhood could affect your future and that at times we need to let go of the past in order to have a wonderful future. She learns to say hello to Zindagi (life) and goodbye to all the miseries which were hindering her path to happiness. The dialogues are powerful and I really admire the work of the script writers here. I love Dr Jehangir’s character even though we don’t get to know everything about him since he is not the lead character. He is one of the best supporting characters I have seen in a Bollywood movie. His dialogues are witty, deep and really funny. I love Alia Bhatt’s acting and choice of roles are amazing especially after her hit films Highway and Udta Punjab.

“Life is like a jigsaw puzzle… I can help you find the pieces but you’ll have to complete the game.”

I like that they covered the issue of mental illness in this movie, as to how people see mental illness and how they react towards it. Especially in India where people don’t really know about mental illness and feel that whoever visits a psychologist is ‘crazy’. They have shown that mental illness is just another illness we have and you can be mentally unsound at any point of your life so visiting someone specialised to treat your illness, to provide you with solutions can make your life easier.

“We consider so many options before buying one chair. Then what is the problem in considering various options before we choose a life partner?"

Another issue highlighted in the movie is related to feminism. Kaira is seen with many boys in the movie and we obviously know that some people consider it odd to see a girl ‘testing all her choices’ since it is against a girl’s ‘morals values’. Kaira is told by her therapist that the only person who should care about who you go out with is yourself, one shouldn’t care what others think. We come across many people in our life and in this quest our main aim is to find who we are comfortable with. He compared it with shopping for a chair: You sit on many chairs, test all of them before you get to that one chair which gives you the comfort that you always wanted.

Apart from that we have family issues and I won’t go further into the details so I don’t spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it yet.

I loved it and didn’t want it to end but sadly, everything has an ending.



4 and half out of 5 stars


(Watch the trailer with English subtitles :) )

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