English Vinglish director Gauri Shinde, who has now helmed Dear Zindagi, is back with another women-centric movie that talks about our judgemental society. Starring Alia Bhatt as the lead and Shah Rukh Khan as her psychiatrist, Dear Zindagi is about young Kaira (played by Alia) – an aspiring cinematographer and her emotional therapy with Shah Rukh Khan. In a nutshell, the movie is all about how Dr Jehangir Khan (SRK) brings about a change in Kiara’s life who do not have a handle on her life, especially her relationships.
The best part of the movie is the chemistry between Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan. Both actors’ performances are career best. Shah Rukh Khan puts out oodles of charisma. This is the superstar’s best performance since Chak De! India. Shah Rukh Khan will make you go wide-eyed with his astounding performance and his dialogues, especially in the climax. His character teaches us a lesson that nobody is perfect, including your own self. After proving herself to be a champion of playing broken girls, in Highway and Udta Punjab, Alia Bhatt has absolutely nailed it in Dear Zindagi as well. The scenes where Alia Bhatt, presenting a professionally strong and clear female protagonist, who doesn’t shy of telling her boyfriend that she cheated on him and even apologizes to him is mind blowing. After the ‘last class with Dr Khan’ you will definitely don’t want the film to end. The fact that the movie features Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar, Angad Bedi and Aditya Roy Kapur in supporting roles adds an extra level of charm. Gauri Shinde flaunts her excellence in her second film as well. Gauri Shinde’s writing is the soul of this film. She had given many poignant moments between the two, at the same time she also ends up narrating in a weak pace. The dialogues happen to be too long and unreal, and the writing is slightly weak until Kayra meets Dr Khan. With that said one cannot stop raving about Amit Trivedi’s stellar musical score that had infused Dear Zindagi with so many jests.
RATING : 3.5 – 5