Gauri Shinde’s directorial debut English Vinglish beautifully highlighted Indian’s obsession for the English Langauge. With her second film, Dear Zindagi, which releases on Friday, it attempts to understand the millennials, and their lives.
Featuring Alia Bhatt in the central character, Dear Zindagi narrates the story of a 20 something working girl called Kaira who, after a series of heart breaks meets Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan), a shrink. The slice-of-life film has been generating a lot of buzz ever since its first teaser came out, partly because of its interesting, quirky dialogues and also because of the uncanny pairing of SRK and Alia Bhatt.
The film is centered around Alia and it would be interesting to see if the young actress would be able to carry the film on her shoulder. The suppporting cast is also impressive as it boasts of actors Kunal Kapoor, Angad Bedi and Ali Zafar.
Conversations are entertaining and engaging when they end before they become white noise. Dear Zindagi suffers from some really long, drawn out monologues and verbal exchanges between Kaira and Dr. Jehangir. There is a scene where he compares trying out chairs to moving from one boyfriend to the other, another attempt at humour to talk about taking the easy way out rather than choosing the more obvious difficult path comes across as an exhausting attempt to build up a forced narrative.
Dear Zindagi feels like a long, unending conversation that leaves you feeling exhausted. We wish Dr. Jehangir’s character had more appeal than the texture of his facial scruff.