• 4.5/5

I unabashedly loved Dear Zindagi. It's a true measure of my love of my family that I didn"t see Dear Zindagi the day it came out in the US due to our Thanksgiving holiday travels. I have been looking forward to this movie for some time, hoping it would live up to my sky high expectations, and it did. I have yet to see director Gauri Shinde's feature film debut English Vinglish, which evidently deservedly garnered accolades. (I actually downloaded English Vinglish to watch on my trip but the subtitles were in Arabic. ARGH!) I'm not saying a male director can"t tell the story of a woman, but there's a different special perspective a woman writer/director brings to a film. Alia Bhatt's Kaira (Koko) is allowed to be a complex young cinematographer who is troubled, and frankly, sometimes unlikeable. She is no manic pixie dream girl for anyone. And that is just refreshing to see in itself. The film totally passes the Bechdel test! Kaira has a tight knit group of friends who she can be totally herself with, but a tense awkward relationship with her parents. Read the full review here: https://moviemavengal.com/2016/11/28/dear-zindagi-alia-bhatt-is-wonderful-in-this-portrait-of-a-complex-young-woman-at-a-life-crossroad/

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