There are some good movies and there are some bad movies. Then there are some movies like “Dear Zindagi”, which fits in the middle category i.e memorable, understanding but could have been better.
The movie does a good job handling Mental Health issues. For someone who has gone through anxiety many times, I can totally understand, relate and feel for all that Kaira (Alia Bhatt) went through in the film. Mental Health is a serious issue and it is not an easy thing to go through. The movie has some wonderful dialogues that are inspiring and would make you feel just good about yourself. Some of my favourite quotes were:-
“Don’t let the past blackmail your present … to ruin a beautiful future”
“Kabhi kabhi hum mushkil rasta sirf is liye chunte hai … kyun ki humein lagta hai, important cheezein paane ke liye humein mushkil rasta apnana chahiye … apne aap ko punish karna bahut zaroori samajhte hai … but why, aasaan rasta kyun nahi chun sakte … kya burai hai us mein … khaas karke jab us mushkil ka saamna karne ke liye hum taiyaar hi nahi hai” (Sometimes we choose a difficult path only because … we feel that to attain important things we need to choose a difficult path … we think that it’s important to punish ourselves … but why can’t we choose a simple path … what’s wrong with that … especically when we are not ready to face that difficult path)
“Jab hum apne aap ko achchi tarah samajh lete hai … toh doosre kya samajhte hai, it doesn’t matter … not at all” (When we understand ourselves well enough … then it doesn’t matter what others think about us … not at all)
“We are all our own teachers in the school of life”
“Agar hum apni zindagi ka steering wheel apne haath mein nahi lenge na … toh koi doosra driver seat par baith jayega” (If we don’t take the steering wheel of our life in our own hands … then someone else will sit on the driver’s seat)
I liked the cinematography of the film. They captured the beauty of Goa wonderfully. I also liked Amit Trivedi’s music. The music totally fits into the movie’s storyline.
But what I was mainly upset about was the plot. There were so many scenes in the movie which were unnecessary. The movie had a simple storyline, but to come to the main point, they kept on dragging. Some scenes where cliched too. The movie would have been a masterpiece if the movie just stuck to its main storyline.
Alia Bhatt, who is one of the finest actresses in the generation, has proved it again that she is versatile and can act. Her performance is something you should watch out for. Even Shah Rukh Khan and the other actors did a good job too. Gauri Shinde’s direction was a good effort, but probably not as good as her previous film “English Vinglish.”
All the positive points of the film, such as the inspiring quotes, the beautiful cinematography, Alia’s performance etc. will make you feel good. But the way the movie was made, it was quite disappointing and could have been a lot better.
My Rating:- 3/5