We have to be self sufficient emotionally to be in any kind of relationship with anyone. Dear Zindagi doesn’t preach you anything rather it shows you how you could go about your problems all by yourself. The movie is about Kaira a cinematographer by profession and being a female technician in a man’s world isn’t her problem, living all by herself in Mumbai where overnight her landlord asks her to vacate the house just because she is single is also not her problem, she is strong enough to handle all this. Her problem is very internal, very emotional and very Humane, she fears abandonment.
We all have our insecurities and fears which is so deep rooted that with over the period of time settles under a thick layer of dust and to move on in life we need to clear the dust and face our fears to beat it in the face.
In this movie Shah Rukh Khan plays Jahangir Khan, a shrink who helps Kaira recognize her problems helps her solve them.
This is Gauri Shinde’s only second outing as director but she has continued from where she left in English Vinglish. She doesn’t believe in the regular rules of script writing, so if you are expecting the regulars you won’t find it here in Dear Zindagi. It’s more of an enriching experience than a regular masala entertainer. I loved the casting, every character big or small has been cast to perfection. Talking about the main leads, this is Alia Bhatt’s movie hands down. She plays the protagonist Kaira and shows how riveting an actor she is, she is brilliant in every scene not a single false note, she is an absolute delight. SRK as Jug is one of those characters you dream about. He is the perfect mentor we all need at some point in our lives. His chat sessions with Alia is the soul of Dear Zindagi. There is one thing that SRK says to Alia which has stuck with me and I would like to conclude my review with that line.
“Do not let your past blackmail your present to ruin a beautiful future”