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When struggling with mental health issues, asking for help is not something to be ashamed of and should be actively encouraged. The past must be faced in order to finally move beyond it. Self-love is extremely important.
Positive Role Models
Kaira grows from a bitter and hurting individual to a strong and resilient one after facing her past traumas. Her therapist, Dr. Jehangir Khan, offers her a safe space to be vulnerable. Kaira's friends, Jackie and Fatima, and her brother, Kiddo, love and support her throughout.
The film pans across India and Singapore; all characters are Indian. Themes of mental health and insomnia are discussed inclusively in the movie. The film is directed by an Indian woman who is also one of two women who co-wrote script.
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Violence & Scariness
Someone smashes glass jars on the floor. There are numerous intense verbal arguments. In a nightmare, a character falls from a height. In a battle sequence played within the film, swords, rifles, and blasts are shown. Characters make playful threats toward each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is romance, flirting, and heartbreak in the film. Sex is discussed (not in great detail) and sexual jokes are made. Characters kiss in one scene.
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Includes: "Shut up," "s--t, "crap," "hell," "stupid," "crazy," "bitchy," "mad," "bloody," "dog," "get out," and "slut." "God" is used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
A character buys products from eBay.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Throughout the film, characters are seen drinking alcohol and partying.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dear Zindagi is an inspiring feel-good Bollywood drama with themes around mental health and counseling. Kaira (Alia Bhatt) is a young budding cinematographer whose unresolved issues from her past continue to tamper with her relationships in the present, until she decides to get help from Dr. Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan). Being a Bollywood film, expect a number of song and dance routines. The film has multiple heated verbal disagreements between characters. A person throws glass items deliberately on the floor. A character has an elaborate nightmare where they wake up startled after falling from a great height. In a video shown within the film, there is a war scene that includes blasts plus weapons like swords and rifles. The movie has significant themes of romance and heartbreak. Characters flirt, sex is discussed (without any great detail), and sexual innuendoes are present. There is one kiss. People are seen drinking at numerous occasions. Language includes "s--t," "hell," "crap," "bitchy," "bloody," "slut," and more. The film is in Hindi with English subtitles available. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This romantic drama, directed by Gauri Shinde, stands apart from other Bollywood movies thanks to its willingness to address a subject so often neglected by Indian cinema. Dear Zindagi strikes a conversation surrounding mental health that remains an exhausting taboo in the majority of Indian society. While its representation of therapy might lean toward a sort of romanticizing with Khan's ultra-cool and chilled out Dr. Jehangir Khan, the film still succeeds in its effort of overcoming the stigma so often associated with mental illness. Bhatt handles Kaira's range of emotions and turmoil admirably, holding the film together as its central lead. Accompanied by Amit Trivedi's soothing and soulful tunes and its calm Goa vibe, this film is a thorough feel-good entertainer.
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