Films are films, some are good, some are not. Some are entertaining, some are time pass. But then there are few movies which connects to you like none other & stays with you forever! Dear Zindagi is one movie which teach you many life lessons & inspires you & at the same time makes you emotional & connected! Although the plot can be written in just few pages, it's the astonishing direction & cinematography along with some strong performances which make this film way too gorgeous to dislike.
Plot - Kaira (Alia), a talented cinematographer, who is depressed and suffering from insomnia due to her past & current relationships, meets Psychologist Jug (Shah Rukh Khan) who helps her to overcome her depression!
Direction - Gauri Shinde is one women who knows exactly how to use feminism correctly! Her last & debut movie, English Vinglish had hit the bulls eye. Although Dear Zindagi is, according to reviews, not as refined as English Vinglish and falls short of being exceptional, it has its own importance & charm! You can not make an English Vinglish repeatedly, specially when you have a much more serious topic to deal with. Gauri Shinde's direction is the biggest plus point of the movie which makes you keep going, although the story seems to be out of the place in the beginning. She proves she is one director to look out for!
Performances - I always thought Alia is a good actress. After Dear Zindagi I believe it! Although she had an immensely charming Shah Rukh Khan sitting right opposite her, but never for a moment he seemed to overshadow her; and that's of course itself is a big achievement! She was just amazing in her emotional scenes & her performance is one reason why Dear Zindagi can not be missed. Srk in his charming best, but honestly, the role was a cakewalk for him. He needed to just play himself, the utterly charming and attractive guy, just what he is. Of course he is eye pleasing & worth your penny if you are a Shah Rukh Khan fan. Rest all are also fantastic as a supporting cast.
Music - Amit Trivedi is the most underrated composer, but his music in Dear Zindagi is good and situational in the movie. Tu Hi Hai, sung by Ali Zafar, stands out amongst the rest.
1. Direction of Gauri Shinde.
2. Alia Bhatt's extraordinary performance.
3. All scenes featuring Srk-Alia, I.e the therapy classes. Chemistry between them is just too good.
4. Dialogues of the movie stands out! Thanks to Srk's commendable dialogue delivery in his rough, yet attractive, voice. Dialogues are inspiring and beautiful.
5. Cinematography is top notch. You will definitely want to have a Goa trip after watching Dear Zindagi.
7. The climax of the movie is although simple, yet it is very well directed. It shows why Gauri Shinde is a brilliant mind!
8. Emotional scenes in the second half are all heart touching, yes of course if you can connect to them.
9. The constant humour in the movie never lets you to be bore.
Honestly I can not recall any negative points. Maybe only negative factor is that this movie needs your patience to connect! The first half is all about developing Alia's character. First half is not as interesting as the second one which has all the drama including all Srk- Alia scenes except the first meeting. One thing I am unable to understand is that many reviews saying DZ is boring in parts, dragged & slow etc, and I thought there will be many dull moments. but movie really had nothing of that sort. Don't know which were the dull moments they are talking about. Even DZ being a bit dragged is something I don't agree. It was perfect running time.
Overall, Dear Zindagi is a movie you can not skip! It's a must watch for every youth, and also families. Although not everyone can relate to it, but if this movie connects to you, then I promise you'll love you Zindagi ever more after watching it! Rating 4/5. Don't miss this, & yes.... Love your Zindagi!