Parents' Guide to

Dear Zindagi

By Sakhi Thirani, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Bollywood romantic drama looks at mental health and therapy.

Movie NR 2016 151 minutes
Dear Zindagi movie poster: An Indian woman and man stop on their bicycles on a wooded lane, the woman smiling at the man.

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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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