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Dear Zindagi: Lengthy life lessons sans drama


Entertainment Live: Gauri Shinde’s “Dear Zindagi” is a youth-centric cathartic film which gives you a glimpse of how they deal with life, relationships and the issues that bog them down. Perhaps, it is only the youth who will relate to – the heartaches, seeking their dream job, problems with parents, et al.

Kaira aka Koko (Alia Bhatt) is a 25-year-old Mumbai based cinematographer, who is independent, busy shooting ad films and longing to shoot her first full length feature. Carefree, happy-go-lucky, she is in and out of relationships, some unrequited, others unfulfilled.

Alia as the free-spirited, emotional youngster, craving love shines all the way. The film belongs to her and she does full justice to her character, emoting effortlessly, making the audience empathise with her highs and lows. Whether it is venting her pent-up pain or playing kabaddi with the waves on a beach, she is a treat to watch.

In fact, she almost single-handedly carries the film with a weak plot on her fragile shoulders.

Shah Rukh Khan as Dr. Jehangir Khan aka Jug, the “Dimaag-ka-Doctor”, lights up the screen with his charisma and persona, in an immensely likeable character he portrays, but has limited scope. He is still SRK and not the character on screen and his dialogue delivery still remains very Shah Rukh Khanesque.

Amit Trivedi’s music too fails to make an impact and is almost lost. The film expectedly has good production values and the ethos of Goa is beautifully captured through the lens of Laxman Utekar.

“Dear Zindagi” could have been a lively, fun film albeit with life lessons, rather than the long-winded slice of life it is.

Dhaka, 25, Nov. ( // IH


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