Review: Dear Zindagi ‘I Love You’!

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I know it’s been a while I reviewed any of the new releases, however, I was busy with the release of my new book Alfie The Elf. Anyway, at no cost I wanted to miss out on Dear Zindagi that released this week starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan and directed by Gauri Shinde of ‘English Vinglish’ fame. Let me directly dive into the plotline of the movie.

Kaira aka Koko (Alia Bhatt) is an ambitious cinematographer (wait aren’t they called DOP these days?) who like many millennials has a messy love life and a yet to bloom career. She falls in and out of love instantly. She parties and also cheats on her boyfriend (Angad Bedi)  with another man. However, her entire world comes crumbling down first with a heartbreak when the guy of her dreams Raghvendra (Kunal Kapoor) dumps her and gets engaged to someone else. And, then her landlord  slaps her with an eviction notice and our cutie-pie Kaira processes this cumulative assault while biting into green chilies. Throughout you are subjected to a slight hint of her strained relationship with her parents.

Enter Jehangir Khan aka Jugs (Shah Rukh Khan) who is a DD – Dimag Ka Doctor, who tries to help Kaira with her problems and to love her Zindagi. In his ‘out of textbook’ ways, Jug helps Kyra open up about her on the surface problems and further digs into the bigger ones. With his ‘cool’ stories, he wins over Kyra’s fears and teaches her to embrace life. Alas, our baby-faced Kaira falls head over heals in love with Jugs. Now, what? Would Jugs reciprocate to her love or leave her like her previous crushes? Find out by watching Dear Zindagi at a theater near you!

Coming to the script and screenplay, which seems to be good, however, Gauri seems to have gone on a trip of her own. She tries to weave in multiple issues into one story for the character. The parental issues, love life issues, career issues etc. and in that process losses track. The sparks she showed with Sridevi starrer English Vinglish is missing. The dialogues though initially interesting tends to be very preachy and boring in the second half.

Performance wise, this is Alia’s best. She rises above the screenplay and gets perfectly into Kiara’s character making it more believable. Shah Rukh Khan as Jugs is impressive, however, the dialogues let things down. As the entire focus of the movie is on Kaira’s character, the characters supporting hers viz; Raghu (Kunal Kapoor), Sid (Angad Bedi) or Rumi (Ali Zafar) get no background whatsoever.

The music is average only the title song ‘Love You Zindagi’ and a rehash of yesteryear superhit song ‘Ae Zindagi’ from Sadma composed by maestro Illayaraja stands out. Editing in the second half could have been crisper.

On the whole, Dear Zindagi is a great watch for all Alia Bhatt and SRK fans.

My Verdict:***

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Movie Review: ‘PINK’ Is The New Black!

This week apart from the sloppy horror fest Raaz Reboot, one also witnessed the release of a small but dark movie by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury – PINK. Produced by Rashmi Sharma and Shoojit Sarkar, starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu, Kriti Kulhari, Andrea Taring, Angad Bedi and Piyush Mishra, PINK is a gritty and dark take on crimes done on women in a city like Delhi.

Three girls – Minal Arora (Taapsee Pannu), Falak Ali (Kirti Kulhari) and Andrea (Andrea Tariang) are staying together as tenants in a posh South Delhi locality and are normal working professionals in their respective fields. One night, after a rock concert they accept a dinner invitation from Rajveer (Angad Bedi), who is a relative of a powerful politician, and two others to a resort in Surajkund, Haryana. Rajveer is known to Minal through a common friend and therefore they go with the boys. Rajveer and his friends get drunk and try to molest Minal and her two roommates. Minal in the heat of the hour smashes a bottle on Rajveer’s face hurting his eye, leaving him bleeding.

In retaliation, Rajveer and his friends try to vacate the girls from their houses, threaten them over the phone and also abduct Minal and physically assault her. Minal is forced to file a FIR against Rajveer and his friends. Upon realization Rajveer lodges a wrong FIR against the girls, labeling them as prostitutes, using his powerful connections. Minal is charged for ‘Attempt to murder’ and for soliciting, where she could face imprisonment for more than 10 years if convicted.

Deepak Sehgal (Amitabh Bachchan) is a lawyer suffering from bipolar disorder who experiences frequent mood swings and has an ailing wife. He is also a neighbor of the three girls and witness their troubles & agrees to represent the girls in the court. The film revolves around how Deepak fights the girls’ case against these influential boys in the court.

Performances in the movie are a highlight. Every actor justifies their respective characters. Among the girls Tapsee Pannu and Kriti Kulhari do a wonderful job. This is the first time that these two actresses have got a meaty role to dig their teeth into. Amitabh Bachchan is in a great phase of his career. The legend is getting some of the best characters in his second innings which would make any actor from his generation envious of him. Angad Bedi is quite effective and so are the actors playing his friends. Dhritiman Chatterjee and Piyush Mishra in the role of a judge and prosecutor  quite remarkably.

The story, screenplay, and dialogues are quite powerful and not only gives the debutant director (in Hindi) Aniruddha a good scope to showcase his skills. The cinematography by Abhik Mukhopadhyay is quite nice and so is the editing by Bodhaditya Banerjee which is quite crisp. The background score is quite gripping however there is no scope for music in this realistic movie.

On the whole, this is a very good movie that everyone should watch at least once.

My Verdict: 4/5