Dear Zindagi (HINDI)

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Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Alia Bhatt, Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar and many more
Editing : Hemanti Sarkar
Music : Amit Trivedi
Cinematography : Laxman Utekar
Directed by: Gauri Shinde

Four years after her much-appreciated debut with ‘English Vinglish‘, filmmaker Gauri Shinde is back with another female protagonist-centered story. This time she has got the youngest actor for the lead role along with support from a popular actor. Lets see what the movie has to deal with life.

Kaira (Alia Bhatt), a cinematographer by profession is seeking an opportunity to shoot a full length feature film. As she tries to move on with her producer-colleague Raghu (Kunal Kapoor), memories of her recent messy break-up with Sid, a restaurant owner, hold her back. She thinks that she is in love with Raghu but he gets engaged to someone else. She leaves to Goa and meets Rumi (Ali Zafar), singer and musician. Kaira fails to get her emotions together feel the same for him. Feeling depressed, she meets Dr.Jehangir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) for counseling. What happens next forms the major crux of the story.

To have a female lead presented as possessing a profession from the get-go, and excelling at it, still feel like a significant step for a Bollywood movie. But does not hold for long as the movie progresses. The movie only picks up just before the interval. The second half is way better and more interesting than the dull and boring first half. Right from Shahrukh’s entry speech to his therapy sessions with Alia very scene involving them are the best thing to happen in this tedious film.

Alia Bhatt ends up giving one more path breaking performance. She is so natural in the movie. Shahrukh is fantastic in his calm and natural character and supports well in the movie. Cameos by Kunal Kapoor, Angad Bedi, Ali Zafar and Aditya Roy Kapur are great as all of them manage to charm us and add presence to the story. Movie is fantastic, but only in parts and is lethargic in most. The concept of the movie is superb, but fails in its execution over the silver screen. Overall its a half-hearten soulful film..!! 🙂

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