Movie Review: Dear Zindagi (2016)

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dear-zindagiGauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi is a youth-centric cathartic film which gives you a glimpse of how they deal with life, relationships and the issues that bog them down. Perhaps, it is only the youth who will relate to – the heartaches, seeking their dream job, problems with parents, et al.

Kaira aka Koko (Alia Bhatt) is a 25-year-old Mumbai based cinematographer, who is independent, busy shooting ad films and longing to shoot her first full length feature. Carefree, happy-go-lucky, she is in and out of relationships, some unrequited, others unfulfilled.

She cringes at the very mention of Goa where her parents live as she does not enjoy a great relationship with them. A heartbreak leads her to the couch of a therapist Dr. Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) and her life changes.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “Dear Zindagi is a wonderful, self-assured gem”
Rediff: Raja Sen
4.0 “Forget Shah Rukh, It Is Alia Bhatt Who Shines Throughout”
4.0 “Dear Zindagi is a feel good film. An experience that will make you feel alive.”
3.5 “If you’re in the mood to do some soul-searching this weekend, this film could do it for you.”
Times Of India
3.5 “Looking for a decent time with your near ones this weekend then DEAR ZINDAGI is your ticket.”
3.5 “Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt’s Film Is Superbly Acted.”
NDTV Movies
3.5 “Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt present a delicious slice of life!”
3.0 “Dear Zindagi’s high on sublime Alia, splendid SRK!”
Rediff: Sukanya Verma
3.0 “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.”
3.0 “Some Over-The-Counter Remedy For Matters Of The Heart!”
3.0 ” It’s an emotional joyride which won’t harm you when watched once.”
3.0 “Don’t know whether the script’s been through several redrafts, or there were too many second thoughts while shooting or editing this film. “
Average Reviews
2.5 “t’s incredibly hard for a filmmaker to depict any sort of mental demons without making it seem as dramatic as a “disorder”. This is where Gauri Shinde struggles.”
2.5 “DEAR ZINDAGI comes across as a slow-paced cerebral and contemporary slice of life tale about the challenges today’s generation of girls face in a rapidly shifting landscape.”
2.5 “Dear Zindagi could have been a lively, fun film albeit with life lessons, rather than the long-winded slice of life it is.”
2.5 “Dear Zindagi feels like a long, unending conversation that leaves you feeling exhausted.”
2.5 “Dear Zindagi meanders through many nothings to say something.”
2.5 “Dear Zindagi is definitely a one time watch this weekend but enter the theatre at your own risk.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Shah Rukh Khan is charming but this life is unreal”
2.0 “The last half hour actually touches you but it is too little too late.”
1.5 “Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan film is a kitchen sink talkathon.”

Video Reviews Here:
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Video Review By: Lehren
Public Review By: Bollywood Hungama
Public Review By: Public Spy

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