Review Dear Zindagi- Alia, SRK and Goa to charm you!

Last fortnight was indeed the tough one with lots of uncertainty around and that calls to love our Zindagi much more! Jaipur Beat thought to make our Sunday the Happy One 🙂 and we head for the movie on a Sunday evening at INOX Pink Square.

Here’s our take on the recently released movie- Dear Zindagi 

Direction: Gauri Shinde

Actors: Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt, Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar, Angad Bedi, Ira Dubey

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With a team of Gauri Shinde, Shahrukh Khan and Alia Bhatt, Dear Zindagi has every thing going for it even before the titles start to appear. Kaira uff Koko (Alia) is a cinematographer who is supposed to be great in her job. Her producer Raghu (Kunal Kapoor) has hots for her although she is dating Sid (Angad Bedi). She breaks from Sid by disclosing that she slept with her producer. Now Raghu offers her great job for a film to be shot in New York and also proposes her which she some how ignores.

The first one-hour of the movie moves real fast and rapidly. You like the pace as too much is happening too soon. It’s after that, that the movie begins to slip a bit. So Kaira is forced to leave Mumbai and come to Goa to stay with her parents. And like all the parents, her parents start to preach her about life and marriage. Kaira realises that she is losing her mental peace and is unable to sleep. Enters Jehangir Khan (SRK), her therapist. Dr Khan has a perfect bungalow in Goa with old age charm; he is witty and wears different shades of linen shirts.

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Their sessions start inside the four wall and slowly the rules are broken and the outdoor sessions at beach, while cycling etc also takes place. Kaira opens up with Dr Khan, she starts to trust him and she feels good just to be with him. She shares her secrets and fears with him. Over here we come to know about her traumatic childhood,reasons for her stressful relationships with parents and failed romantic relationships. Dr Khan teaches Kaira to live for today “Don’t let the past blackmail your present”. He develops her self-confidence, asks her to forget her past and also let her cry. “Agar tum khul ke roegi nahin to hasogi kaise ?

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This part of the movie is very slow, full of gyaan, drags and misses the point. This is where Gauri Shinde does injustice to the script and lead characters. The foundation of Dr Khan and Kaira’s relationship is not very convincing and it rather looked fake. And while this relationship was developing in comes Rumi (Ali Zafar) whose contribution to the script is singing few songs.

A take on today’s generations multiple relationships was put up very aptly in the movie with a very fine example of comparing it to choosing a chair. You try multiple chairs but buy just one and the same goes with choosing a partner so there is nothing wrong if you get in and out multiple times to find that perfect partner.

 The movie carries a message, which is so relevant in today’s world. What memories from the past we should carry with what and us we leave is a very important decision and hence one must not carry excess baggage in their life. The entire movie rests on Alia’s tiny shoulders and it’s delight to see King Khan agreeing to play second fiddle to her. Alia is terrific and simply excels in emotional scenes. Shahrukh Khan’s is an extension to the role in Chak De. But the sad part is that out of all the three Khans (Aamir, Salman and him) he is now the oldest looking Khan for sure. Probably those packets of cigarettes are beginning to play a role now. The balance and control shown in the relationship between Dr Khan and Kaira is surely the best part of the movie. No over the top emotions yet subtle and strong bond. Like in English Vinglish, the music is very good.  Would suggest one time watch as it is a very brave movie in lot of respects.

Rating : 3.5/5

Review posted by Gaurav Hajela

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