Dear Zindagi
Really Unreal

Gauri Shinde
Writer - Director

Movie Review
Dear Zindagi:Not Near Zindagi

Really Unreal


Written & Directed by: Gauri Shinde

Rating: 3 / 5

“Dear Zindagi” is a story of a 20 something insomniac whose complications in life over rule her love life, her professional life and her relationships. She finds peace in buying random things on EBay and in running away at the first glimmer of seriousness in her relationships… So much so that she realizes its high time she took professional help to help her deal with her issues.

Writer and director, Gauri Shinde has crafted a very unpredictable yet predictable, complex character in Kaira, played magnificently by Alia Bhatt, who is surrounded by woefully one dimensional support characters including her “to good to be true” therapist Jehangir Khan, played by Shahrukh Khan.

The story takes us through the life and times of Kaira, where her deep sated complexities get revealed as she flounders in one relationship after another. We see her making choices and taking decisions without any solid reasons behind them and makes us wonder, whether there is any real problem here other than just a temperamental personality. It exposes the view of our society towards anything or anyone that’s out of ordinary and quickly branded as crazy!

Gauri Shinde takes a bold step towards addressing the stigma of mental health and very simply telling us that issues great or small… do mould our present and our future and that they can be addressed and resolved. Kudos to the superb dialogues and well timed one liners of Jehangir Khan!!

The simplicity of the narrative and screenplay is the best part of the film. The characters try to be as real as possible but somewhere sometimes the synthetic base of the whole story does creep in. This makes one compare Dear Zindagi with Shinde’s earlier work “English Vinglish” which was so real… right from the characters… to its world and to it’s yummy looking boondi laddoos! In comparison to that Dear Zindagi seems a little convoluted and artificial and its difficult to find problems with Kaira’s life when she has a dream job, awesome best friends and such good looking people falling for her all the time!

But yet… the performances by the lead actors keep the whole film together along with the awesomely in sync lyrics by Kausar Munir.

The film in totality might be a niche film, not really convincing all across the audience… but it still is a must watch for Alia Bhatt, Shahrukh Khan and Gauri Shinde!!

Mitali Mahajan

   Mitali Mahajan

Writer, Hopeless Movie Fanatic, Eternally Filmy..

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