Feel-Good Therapy From India – Our Movie Review of Dear Zindagi


Films From India – Our Movie Review of Dear Zindagi


2017 is already on a roll with us completing the first week of the New Year. In a world half-divided over religion, politics, Donald Trump’s candidacy, technology, etc., movies are still a good escape — especially in India.

The big stars like Amitabh Bachchan are around and going strong, while a newer generation powered by guys like Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan are finding their feet under the sun.

As for Shah Rukh Khan? Well, as usual, he’s managed to bring both generations together.

Shah Rukh’s latest film sweeps audiences off their feet by marrying old world charm with youthful, restless energy, making the world seem like a better place.

Here’s why Khan’s latest, Dear Zindagi, will be remembered in times to come given its plot, interesting cast of characters, and a storyline beaming with brilliant acting.


Movie: Dear Zindagi (2016)

Director: Gauri Shinde

Producers: Red Chillies Entertainment, Dharma Productions and Hope Production

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan (as Dr. Jahangir Khan); Alia Bhatt (as Kaira)

Review: From the way they communicate, opine and convey dissent, young people have witnessed a sea change in relationships in the 21st century.

And it’s really thanks to the Internet — where connections, perceptions, and conflicts can form in an instant.

That does not necessarily imply that our younger generations don’t reach out by other means when dealing with angst, love, and desire.

And it’s those heart-to-heart moments that are perfectly captured in Dear Zindagi, in which we find the talented Alia Bhatt playing Kaira, a beautiful workaholic who’s struggling with love.

Bhatt is charming and blissfully confused and quite the hero of Dear Zindagi. She brings promise, unfulfilled potential and a whole lot of loving in this moving tale about souls who feel shy in reaching out and the people who are there to answer.

A chance knock on the door of clinical psychologist Dr. Jehangir (played avidly by Shah Rukh Khan) brings a young and confused Kiara to the friendly counselor who guides her toward safer seas.

Dear Zindagi isn’t your magnum opus to decoding conflicts and contrived human emotions. Rather, it is a mature push toward telling parents that young adults are far more capable than they were thought of and that needlessly ignoring fertile minds can lead to disasters in the making… that self-control, humility, and compassion can (or should) go a long way in tending to our youth.

The groundwork for a touchy subject — in a society that is quick to label and judge those who go for that odd thing called “counseling” — is dealt with in strokes of calmness and clarity in purpose. For that director Gauri Shinde needs to be lauded and Shah Rukh Khan thanked.

This is a stand-out film for Shah Rukh, who allows his brilliance and honesty to come to the fore. On a stage where he’s pretty much done everything, he doesn’t always show a restrained self. And implicit in the heart of this film is a levelheaded approach to helping our younger generation without sacrificing anyone’s dreams or ambitions.

Here you will find back-and-forths between counselor and patient – but they don’t drain your energies, and manage to convey the point.

The world can be a miserable place if you are misunderstood. The people closest to you may ignore you and overlook the good you carry. But you must deal with your shortcomings, find the root of your pain, and heal with patience and gratitude. That is Dear Zindagi’s effective message… even though it could have been said in less than two and a half hours.

Still, it’s a great film. All in all, go for this.

Rating: (one to five whistles, five being the best): 3.5 Whistles


Contributor Dev Tyagi can be contacted at dev@newswhistle.com


Lead-In Image Courtesy of Red Chillies Entertainment, Dharma Productions and Hope Productions




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