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Dear Zindagi

Sanjukta Sen | December, 01 2016

Dear Zindagi Cast & Crew:


Dharma Productions Pvt. Ltd. Red Chillies Entertainment Hope Productions

Release Date

25 Nov 2016





Gauri Shinde

Star Cast

Alia bhatt
Ali Zafar
Aditya Roy Kapur
Kunal Kapoor
Angad Bedi
Shah Rukh Khan

Executive Producer


Media Relations

Publicity Designs



Music Director





Laxman Utekar






Music Company



Production Designers

Dear Zindagi (English: Dear Life) is an upcoming Indian romantic drama film directed by Gauri Shinde and produced by Gauri Khan, Karan Johar and R Balki under the banners of Red Chillies Entertainment, Dharma Productions and Hope Productions respectively.It stars Alia Bhatt alongside Ali Zafar, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor and Angad Bedi in lead roles, while Shah Rukh Khan in playing a brief but important character in the film. Principal photography on the film was completed in May 2016.The film is scheduled for release on 25 November 2016.

Movie Review

Rating :

Verdict : Good watch

Story: Kaira is a young cinematographer who always seems to be on edge. She flits from one relationship to the other, is rude to everyone around her, and can barely look beyond herself. When her land-lord asks her to vacate her apartment, she moans to her friend, “I am going to be homeless in this city” - completely trivialising what being homeless really means.

She moves to her parent’s house in Goa and all her repressed anguish comes to the surface again. A chance meeting with Jehangir “Jug” Khan, a psychologist who, by his own admission, doesn’t always play by rules, prompts Kaira to seek therapy. Khan is effortlessly charming in his role, channelling his “Chak De” persona – a father figure who is silently rooting for his young charge as she negotiates rough waters.

What’s hot: The highlight of the film is Alia Bhatt, who pulls off her second brilliant performance of the year after “Udta Punjab”. The focus is entirely on her and she doesn’t shy away, facing even tough scenes with a natural confidence and maturity that belies her age. “Dear Zindagi” might not be a love letter to life it was intended to be, but Bhatt and Khan make this one worth watching.

What’s not: Shinde gives us many poignant moments between the two, but she also feels the need to punctuate the narrative with punch lines, which ends up making the narrative ring false. In a telling scene, Kaira and her friends tell each other “Hamein apni baatein record karni chahiye” (we should record our conversations) because they are so taken with how brilliant their conversations are. The need to explain every moment and articulate every emotion pulls down “Dear Zindagi”; even the brilliant chemistry between the two leads cannot save the film from this fatal flaw.

Overall, if you’re in the mood to do some soul-searching this weekend, this film could be good for you.


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