Dear Zindagi Reviews by Critics : The Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt film will open well at the box office but reviews and word of mouth will determine how far the film can go at the box office.
To sum up, it is difficult to imagine the director of English Vinglish writing a subject like Dear Zindagi as it is too niche and lacks the authentic Indian Emotions. While there are some occasional sparks from the English Vinglish director, Dear Zindagi falls quite short of expectations. Just like the lead character, the film has a confused approached on a rather mature subject. Baring SRK’s interaction with Alia Bhatt and their superb performances, there is nothing novel that the film has to offer.
CNN News 18 Review (Rajeev Masand)
Kaira is what one might describe as emotionally stunted. She clearly has commitment issues, she can’t decide what (or who) her heart wants, and she puts up a wall the moment any of the young men in her life seek genuine attachment. Plus there’s a stack of unresolved issues with her parents.Alia’s performance, in fact, may be the best thing about this indulgent film that has little by way of plot and way too much talking.But these are small gifts in an overlong, disappointing film that misses its mark. I’m going with two out of five for Dear Zindagi. Honestly, it’s a slog.
NDTV Movies Review
Dear Zindagi is as good as, if not better than, all the Hindi films with female ‘heroes’ that we have seen in recent months. Dear Zindagi pulls at the heartstrings. It is also loaded with genteel humour. But what works above all is that the pop philosophy/psychology that underlines the drama at the film’s core isn’t the least bit pulpy. Recommended without reservation.
Rediff Review (Sukanya Verma)
If English Vinglish appealed to youngsters to be more gracious of their parents’ disadvantages, Dear Zindagi points out the impact of callous parenting in the long run.As do the final 15 minutes devoted to winding up every single plot point, down to the last rambling detail, which deprive Dear Zindagi of a lyrical finish.
Rediff Review (Raja Sen)
Dear Zindagi is a lovely picture, made with finesse and heart, and one that not only takes some stigma off the idea of seeking therapy, but — in the most natural of ways — goes a long way in making a viewer think of the people who matter most. The single smartest trick in this film, however, may well be the primary casting decision. Because a good therapist is a superstar.
India Today Review
What it is all about, therefore, is as good as anyone’s guess. The magic lay in the execution. For most of its parts, Dear Zindagi has its moments, but there are those stray notes that don’t necessarily fit properly in the scheme of things.Genius is about knowing when to stop,” says Jug in one of the film’s best scenes. Maybe Gauri Shinde should have taken his advice and stopped before Dear Zindagi began taking a toll on people’s patience. Watch the film for Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan. It’s an emotional joyride which won’t harm you when watched once.
Bollywood Life Review
Dear Zindagi will definitely appeal to you if you love slice of life film. A little bit of trimming here and there would have been good, and it is not a typical Bollywood movie. However that shouldn’t stop you from not witnessing one of Alia’s best performances and SRK being his charming best.
The Indian Express Review
Finally, despite Alia Bhatt’s clear and present spark (she keeps disappearing into the construct of the Fragile, Vulnerable Little Girl, coming up for air only once in a while) and Shah Rukh’s raffish charm (he keeps reaching out for the right `sur’, a mix of gravitas and lightness, and catches it only occasionally, letting us notice the white in his beard: hey, look, there’s a superstar playing his age!), ‘Dear Zindagi’ comes off as a film which could have done with less preciousness, and more plot.
Bollywood Hungama Review
On the whole, DEAR ZINDAGI comes across as a slow-paced cerebral and contemporary slice of life tale about the challenges today’s generation of girls face in a rapidly shifting landscape. At the Box-Office, it will appeal only to a niche segment of the multiplex audience on account of lack of entertainment value as well as its abstruse and esoteric treatment. It will therefore find the going tough at the box office.
The Times Of India Review
But unlike her first film English Vinglish that hit the bulls eye subtly, here the message is hammered. Of course some of the writing has merit. There are funny and clever one-liners. There are numerous analogies drawn to explain the innumerable relationships one encounters in today’s fast-flirting urban life. Some of this makes you chuckle, some of it makes you cry. So far so good. However, the first half of the film meanders, making you restless. Feisty Alia, one of the better actors of the current generation, turns in a nicely nuanced performance. And SRK in his sober-avatar possessing infinite gyaan tempts you to seek out a therapist. If you’re in the mood to do some soul-searching this weekend, this film could do it for you.
The tale of a twenty-something cinematographer, Kiara (Alia Bhatt), who’s undergoing a crippling quarter-life-crisis, is joyously entertaining. While Khan offers sturdy support in this film, it’s Bhatt’s film all the way. Their relationship seems effortless. If you are looking for a heartwarming, sensitive film about troubled twenty-somethings, then make a date with Dear Zindagi. You won’t live to regret it.