Dear Zindagi: Intended to be thought-provoking but turns out very obvious

Dear Zindagi Story

Kaira (Alia Bhatt)is a budding cinematographer in search of the perfect life. A chance encounter with Jug, an unconventional thinker, helps her gain new perspective about life , as she discovers that happiness is all about finding comfort in life’s imperfections. Shah Rukh Khan helps Alia Bhatt gain a new perspective on life.

Director: Gauri Shinde, Producer: Gauri Khan,Karan Johar, Gauri Shinde
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan

Dear Zindagi Movie Review

Here are reviews of the movie by top film critics.

Ratings:3/5 Review By:Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
If English Vinglish appealed to youngsters to be more gracious of their parents’ disadvantages, Dear Zindagi points out the impact of callous parenting in the long run.As do the final 15 minutes devoted to winding up every single plot point, down to the last rambling detail, which deprive Dear Zindagi of a lyrical finish.

Ratings:4/5 Review By:Raja Sen Site: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. The single smartest trick in this film, however, may well be the primary casting decision. Because a good therapist is a superstar.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Meena Iyer Site:Times Of India
But unlike her first film English Vinglish that hit the bulls eye subtly, here the message is hammered. Of course some of the writing has merit. There are funny and clever one-liners. There are numerous analogies drawn to explain the innumerable relationships one encounters in today’s fast-flirting urban life. Some of this makes you chuckle, some of it makes you cry. So far so good. However, the first half of the film meanders, making you restless. If you’re in the mood to do some soul-searching this weekend, this film could do it for you.

Ratings:3/5 Review By:Ananya Site:India Today
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.Genius is about knowing when to stop,” says Jug in one of the film’s best scenes. Maybe Gauri Shinde should have taken his advice and stopped before Dear Zindagi began taking a toll on people’s patience. Watch the film for Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan. It’s an emotional joyride which won’t harm you when watched once.

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:SreejuSite:BollywoodLife
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.

Ratings:1.5/5 Review By:Shubhra GuptaSite:Indian Express
What could have been a solid drama with emotional heft — the qualities that made Shinde’s debut ‘English Vinglish’ such an engaging watch –built upon the exploration of the fact that our adulthood is shaped by our childhood in ways we don’t really understand, turns into a kitchen sink talkathon, where all the characters are given lines which are meant to be deep, but come off mostly banal and obvious.

Ratings:3/5 Review By:Mayank Shekhar Site: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.Why do things seem slightly wishy-washy and laboriously long then? As I said before, it just appears as if the film’s unable to find a point, place a nail there, and just hammer it in.

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Manjusha Site:Gulfnews
The tale of a twenty-something cinematographer, Kiara (Alia Bhatt), who’s undergoing a crippling quarter-life-crisis, is joyously entertaining. While Khan offers sturdy support in this film, it’s Bhatt’s film all the way. Their relationship seems effortless. 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.