Dear Zindagi (2016)

Hindi 2 hrs 30 mins Romance, Drama
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Total Reviews: 82
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Review Summary: It is a case of perfect casting and a very 'Bollywood' solution to the youthful restlessness. 'Dear Zindagi' keeps things interesting through its running time with charming performances.

Average Critic Rating: (3.05)
Cast: Alia Bhatt , Shahrukh Khan , Ali Zafar , Aditya Roy Kapoor , Kunal Kapoor , Angad Bedi
Director: Gauri Shinde
Release Date: 25 Nov 2016
Est. Budget: 22.0 CR
Est. Box Office Collection: 67.0 CR

Plot: The film is set in Mumbai and Goa. Kaira is a promising cinematographer. Fatima, Jackie and Ganju are her three best friends. Her cheerful life becomes a nightmare when the guy she loves, a film producer, Raghuvendra ends up engaged to someone else, and for whom she breaks up with Read more

Dear Zindagi - Top Reviews

Honestly, it’s a slog
Rajeev Masand, Rajeev Masand
For two hours you put up with too shiny, too happy people holding hands and you're fed up with the hokey counseling sessions. The last half hour actually touches you but it is too little too late.
Manisha Lakhne, Now Running
So Dear Zindagi is a bumpy ride but, all things considered, it’s still one worth taking — especially for the sheer pleasure of watching Alia soar.
Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times
Who better than the flag bearer of celluloid romance to inspire a depressed, desolate heart?'
Sukanya Verma, Rediff
Alia Bhatt continues to impress while Shah Rukh Khan takes it easy in this lovely, thoughtful little film
Raja Sen, Rediff
Alia Bhatt's Work Is This Film's True Treasure
Rajeev Masand, News 18
Feel good film with fabulous performances
Rachit Gupta, Film Fare
For two hours you put up with too shiny, too happy people holding hands and you're fed up with the hokey counseling sessions. The last half hour actually touches you but it is too little too late.
Manisha Lakhne, Nowrunning
Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan film is a kitchen sink talkathon
Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Shah Rukh Khan, Alia Bhatt's Film Is Superbly Acted

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Dear Zindagi - All Reviews

Amit-Kausar team deserve standing ovation for coming up with an excellent audio
Rafat, Glam Sham
Dear Zindagi' is a half-hearted soulful film. It starts on a tediously boring note and after a whiles gets on its right but perfect track.
India Glitz
टी-20 के जमाने में टेस्ट मैच जैसी है 'डियर जिंदगी'
R J Alok, Aaj Tak
Watch ‘Dear Zindagi’, for the beauty of subtlety, for its insight into contemporary relationships and to understand that talking to a therapist can be as simple as trying to get some sleep. There’s no shame in seeking help for emotional issues, just like we do for physical ailments.
Rumanna Ahmad, Yahoo!
Brat Alia Doesn't Evoke Empathy & SRK's Charm Is The Only Saving Grace Of The Film
Shubha Shetty Saha, India Times
Shah Rukh Khan is charming but this life is unreal
Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times
€œDear Zindagi'€ might not be a love letter to life it was intended to be, but Bhatt and Khan make this one worth watching
Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters India
Alia Bhatt makes Dear Zindagi watchable
Devanshi Garg, Daily O
Not just a relationship saga, here's why Dear Zindagi is easily one of the finest gender-bender films in Bollywood!
Nayandeep Rakshit, DNA India
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.
Times of India
In fact, she can barely make telephone conversations with them.
Komal Nahta, KomalsReviews
Incredibly cute Alia, Shah Rukh Khan need a more consistent script
Anna MM Vetticad, First Post
Alia Bhatt gives her best performance while Shah Rukh Khan blows you away with his charm
Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life
‘Dear Zindagi’ Lights Up With SRK’s Gyaan, Alia’s Charm
Stutee Ghosh, The Quint
Gauri Shinde, once again presents us with a feel good film, which makes you laugh and cry
Sajid, Cinema Glitz
The Film Belongs to Alia Bhatt and Not SRK
Shomini Sen, News 18
Despite all this, one has to give her full credits for having extracted the best performances from the entire star cast of the film
Bollywood Hungama
This album is as lively as the film'€™s trailers that have released so far
A Kameshwari, Indian Express
An impeccably performed soul stirrer
Vishal Verma, Glam Sham
Kunal Guha, New Indian Express
A little bit of trimming would have made it a better, but still the movie is a good ‘soul-searching’ exercise.
आपको पता चल जाएगा की 'जिंदगी' आखिर 'डीयर' क्यों है
Shinde may not be on top of her game in Dear Zindagi but she wins a good bit of the battle by casting Bhatt and SRK in pivotal roles
Dear Zindagi is about more than just the romantic relationships
Rashmi Daryanani, Miss Malini
Some Over-The-Counter Remedy For Matters Of The Heart!
Madhuri, Filmi Beat
Trivedi once again delivers for Shinde, like he did the first time, with a bunch of feel-good tracks that don'€™t always sound fresh but are definitely engaging
Vipin Nair, The Hindu
Diligently crafted and emotionally engaging, Gauri Shinde's Dear Zindagi is a sparkling little gem with a big heart.
Deccan Herald
Feels like group therapy
The Hindu
Watch this movie with your 'Top 5' closest bunch of buddies
Sujatha Narayanan, Mumbai Mirror
Shah Rukh Khan shines as her dishy therapist given to dispensing WhatsApp-style wisdom.
Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.In
'Dear Zindagi' could have been a lively, fun film albeit with life lessons, rather than the long-winded slice of life it is
Source, Santa Banta
Dear Zindagi' will leave you with more questions than answers about life
Lamat R Hasan, Catch News
Dear Zindagi primarily has a series of situational songs that should sound good in the film's narrative
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Hungama
Once in a blue moon, there comes a film like Dear Zindagi that literally takes a small piece out of your life and re-plays it right back at you
Jay Mamotra, Bolly Brit
SRK’s Film Is A Love Letter To Everyone’s Life
Movie Mutants
Alia Bhatt is the lifeline of Gauri Shinde's film
Suhani Singh, India Today
Director Gauri Shinde has once again hit it and the film is in and out a winner
Source, Business of Cinema
Arijit Singh owns this quirky Amit Trivedi soundtrack
Swetha Ramakrishnan, First Post
A feel good movie that stays with you for a while after the credit roll
Asok, Studio Flicks
A beautiful frame, but
Divya P, Manorama Online
DEAR ZINDAGI Is Rare Combo Of Philosophy And Entertainment
Box Office Capsule
The movie is about our life
Aravind, Andhra & Telangana Wishesh
In ‘Dear Zindagi,’ a Conflicted Woman in Search of a Truer Life
Andy Webster, NY Times
Dear Zindagi meanders through many nothings to say something
Surabhi Redkar, Koi Moi
Second Film From ‘English Vinglish’ Director Doesn’t Disappoint
Anisha Jhaveri, Indie Wire
We have seen Imtiaz Ali and Aamir Khan deal with the same topic in Tamasha and Taare Zameen Par, but Gauri Shinde gives it her signature and links it rather well with romance. It’s painfully slow but has some beautiful moments. Definitely makes for a good one-time watch!
Lokesh Dharmani, Masala
This Shah Rukh-Alia starrer has moments of brilliance amidst its faltering narrative
Tushar P. Joshi, DNA India
Dear Zindagi Is Indeed Dear, SRK & Alia In Top Gear
Vickey Lalwani, Spot Boye
Dear Zindagi starts off on an intriguing note, but slowly turns into an endless talk show.
Latha Srinivasan, IB Times
Gauri Shinde's Dear Zindagi is a youth-centric cathartic film which gives you a glimpse of how they deal with life, relationships and the issues that bog them down
Alia Bhatt is electric in Gauri Shinde’s Goa-set sophomore film
Uday Bhatia, Live Mint
Lengthy life lessons sans drama
Business Standard
Shah Rukh Khan lights up the film with his charm
Hindustan Times
Much ado about nothing
Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle
Shahrukh Khan and Alia Bhatt starrer’s a pleasant watch; could have made history
Ketakee Gondane, Financial Express
The Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt starrer is a heartwarming, sensitive film about troubled twenty-somethings
Last but not least, the choice of southern Goa as the backdrop for Kaira’s slow healing is a cinematographic victory. Particularly breathtaking are the shots of Bhatt and Khan strolling along on an empty beach – the kind of location that is usually home to Bollywood dance sequences. There is hope yet.
Christine Iyer, The National
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
Source, Sen City
The album, like the movie'€™s takes and video songs, are refreshing and will surely cheer you up at the end of a tiresome day
Gaurang Chauhan, Bollywood Life
SRK and Alia are to watch out for
Ananya Bhattacharya, India Today
Four years after her much-appreciated debut with English Vinglish, filmmaker Gauri Shinde is back with another female protagonist-centred story that aims to unsettle cliches in our judgemental society.
‘Dear Zindagi’ Is A Therapy Session We Desperately Need
Megha Mathur, The Quint
Dear Zindagi” might not be a love letter to life it was intended to be, but Bhatt and Khan make this one worth watching.
Dear Zindagi will definitely appeal to you if you love slice of life film
Aarti Iyengar, Bollywood Life
SRK-Alia's chattathon is a party that ends up as a jagrata!
Pink Villa
Dear Zindagi is a delightful watch you cannot miss, plus, it has SRK in a never-seen-before avatar
Aditi Santhmayer, BookMyShow
‘Dear Zindagi’ makes you go ‘Dear Movie’
Vikram Mathur, American Bazaar Online
Director Gauri Shinde Is The Hero Of This Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan Film
Piyasree Dasgupta, Huffington Post
More Powerful Thought, Less Powerful Story!
Diksha Sharma, In Tabloid
Alia Bhatt is the HERO and Shah Rukh Khan complements her beautifully!
Preeti Kulkarni, India.Com