Dear Zindagi – A new perspective to mental health and zindagi but fails to create impact!
Critic’s rating: 3/5
Star cast: Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar
Director: Gauri Shinde
Running time: 151 minutes
Kaira (Alia Bhatt) is a budding Cinematographer who runs away from long term relationships and commitments. During one such break up with Raghuvendra (Kunal Kapoor), Kaira leaves Mumbai and goes to her hometown in Goa. Kaira becomes insomniac due to muddled relationships and decides to meet a psychiatrist. Enter Dr. Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) who is apparently a psychiatrist in Goa. The story slowly unfurls with Kaira and her deep fears.
Is Kaira able to put her innermost demons to rest? To find the answer to this question, one should watch the movie.
The movie sheds light on the stigma still attached with mental illnesses. The initial denial of a patient, the slow opening up and later falling for the therapist is portrayed in an engaging manner. However the unconventional methods adopted by the psychiatrist do not look real or convincing. The movie fails to create a lasting impact on our minds. It does not appeal to the audience to break the shackles of mental illness taboo.
Gauri Shinde hit the nail in her first movie English Vinglish. The precise story telling seems to be lacking in Dear Zindagi. The movie actually takes momentum after interval. The first half has unnecessary songs which could have been avoided.
The acting by Shah Rukh Khan and Alia save the movie. It is good to see Shah Rukh Khan in such a mature role and not romancing women half his age. His face gives off his age now and this role suits him perfectly. Not to mention he does a fantastic job being Dr. Khan. The analogies drawn by Dr. Khan to explain most difficult phases in life make you wonder about your own life’s decisions.
Alia is the show stealer with her astute acting and her screen presence. She blends well in different shades of Kaira and makes you fall in love with her. She depicts the myriad of emotions inside her in a powerful manner.
Not to forget the old Goa landscapes which warm up your heart. The beaches, the old rustic buildings, the ferry and the bridge just soothe the eyes.
Overall Dear Zindagi is a movie to watch once and maybe do some soul searching.