Dear Zindagi movie cast: Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Yashwasini Dayama, Ira Dubey, Kunal Kapoor, Ali Zafar, Angad Bedi
Dear Zindagi movie director: Gauri Shinde
Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut English Vinglish beautifully highlighted Indian’s obsession for the English Langauge. With her second film, Dear Zindagi, which releases on Friday, it attempts to understand the millennials, and their lives.
Featuring Alia Bhatt in the central character, Dear Zindagi narrates the story of a 20 something working girl called Kaira who, after a series of heart breaks meets Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), a shrink. The slice-of-life film has been generating a lot of buzz ever since its first teaser came out, partly because of its interesting, quirky dialogues and also because of the uncanny pairing of SRK and Alia Bhatt.
Within a few minutes of the opening of ‘Dear Zindagi’, director Gauri Shinde has us intrigued. We want to know more about Kaira, about what makes her tick, what she wants to do, because she wants to do something, be someone.
What could have been a solid drama with emotional heft—the qualities that made Shinde’s debut ‘English Vinglish’ such an engaging watch–built upon the exploration of the fact that our adulthood is shaped by our childhood in ways we don’t really understand, turns into a kitchen sink talkathon, where all the characters are given lines which are meant to be deep, but come off mostly banal and obvious.
The vehicle through which, or should we say whom, Kaira Learns Life-Lessons, is a dishy shrink played by Shah Rukh Khan. Dr Jehangir Khan has her sit across him in his cosy consultation room, takes her off for long walks on the beach, and teaches her that playing with waves is not just a game. It is Life Itself.
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