Review By : Release Date : Nov 25,2016 Movie Run Time : 2 hours 30 minutes Censor Rating : U/A

Production: Dharma Productions, Red Chillies Entertainment Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan Direction: Gauri Shinde Screenplay: Gauri Shinde Story: Gauri Shinde Music: Amit Trivedi Background score: Amit Trivedi Cinematography: Laxman Utekar Dialogues: Gauri Shinde Editing: Hemanti Sarkar

Dear Zindagi (Dear life), is about the life of Kaira (Alia Bhatt), her forgettable childhood, her hopeless relationships, the pressure she feels from her stereotypical parents, her passion for cinematography and in short about her life.


Alia Bhatt has a meaty role to play. With a character filled with varied emotions that demand a solid performance, she has done a great job playing Kaira, a talented cinematographer struggling to find the break she needs to make it big. Her variations and expressions are commendable.

Shah Rukh Khan shows us why he is King Khan. The film has him playing a therapist Jehangir, who helps people out with their problems using his unique ideas. He has a subtle yet strong character that becomes likable by one and all, thanks to the skill he holds.

The film is a visual treat and cinematography by Laxman Utekar is mesmerizing. The music is apt and so are the cuts. The strength of the film is the realistic approach it holds right from the first frame. There is barely any exaggeration and this is apt for a film which is about life.

Dear Zindagi throws a lot of questions at the way women are written off for choosing more than one man for their entire life and the chair theory by Shah Rukh Khan has a lot of depth and meaning attached to it. The climax has an SRK special, expert dialogue about how one can have any kind of a relationship with another and romance is just one of them.

Towards the end, the film becomes slightly philosophical. All the same, Dear Zindagi is fairly engaging with a few good scenes backed up by very good performances. The film’s flipside may be the engaging factor for a few section of the audience who might not get what exactly they should feel for. 

On the whole, Dear Zindagi can be called a life rather than a film and does fair justice to the title. It questions well, makes us ponder, gives an answer to life’s problems and fears and ends up doing it all within it’s run time of 140 minutes.

Verdict: Brilliant performances make Dear Zindagi a delightful watch


( 3.0 / 5.0 )


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Dear Zindagi (aka)

Dear Zindagi (aka) is a Hindi movie with production by Dharma Productions, Red Chillies Entertainment, direction by Gauri Shinde, cinematography by Laxman Utekar, editing by Hemanti Sarkar. The cast of Dear Zindagi (aka) includes Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan.