Here are 7 flaws that keep Dear Zindagi from achieving the great heights that it aimed to reach
Shah Rukh Khan fans can let out a sigh of relief. After the shocking debacle of FAN, It was good to see Dear Zindagi get some really good reviews and reports, with a very decent box opening for the Gauri Shinde film. Dear Zindagi, jointly produced by both Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan, has Alia Bhatt in the main lead, with Shah Rukh Khan playing an extended cameo of her therapist (that the promotions purported as ‘life coach’). Apart from these two, the movie also had cameos from Ali Zafar, Kunal Kapoor, Angad Bedi and Aditya Roy Kapur. This was Gauri Shinde’s second movie, after she won a lot of plaudits from designing a brilliant comeback from Sridevi in English Vinglish.
In my small personal opinion, Dear Zindagi does not catch up to the awesomeness of English Vinglish, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad film. The movie is filled with a few sweet moments, some well-executed scenes, a brilliant performance by Alia Bhatt and formidable support by Shah Rukh Khan. While people are loving the stars in the movie, Dear Zindagi, as a whole, was a pleasant one time watch for me. But yeah, it did have the potential to be our answer to Robin Williams and Matt Damon’s wonderfully crafted 1997 drama Good Will Hunting (for which actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won an Oscar for Best Screenplay), but flounders at milking that opportunity. After all, nice performances and a few good moments doesn’t mean great cinema.
1. The pacing
This is something everyone would agree – the biggest villain that halts Dear Zindagi from being a fine piece of entertaining cinema is the long and indulgent screenplay. Some say the first half was lagging, others say it’s the second half that’s the culprit. The common consensus is the movie is too stretched out at two hours 29 minutes. Dear Zindagi is a movie that would have been best enjoyed with a runtime of two hours. An extra half an hour of Alia Bhatt moping around, despite her brilliant brilliance, only makes us too impervious to what she is going through.