A Bollywood film with a female writer/director and a female central character that’s NOT mostly a romance, has a serious life lesson or two to impart and yet is still firmly in the Bollywood tradition of entertaining fun? Yup, that would be Dear Zindagi, Gauri Shinde’s winning film about young Indian cinematographer Kaira (Alia Bhatt) who returns to her family’s home in gorgeous, tropical Goa, where she learns some crucial lessons in life, love, and works in her sessions with laid-back psychologist Jehangir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan, the Bollywood superstar of such past MIFF hits as Devdas and Ashoka). And yes, there ARE still a couple of musical numbers!
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India 2016 – DCP – 151 Minutes
In Hindi with English subtitles
Director, Screenplay: Gauri Shinde
Producers: R. Balki, Karan Johar, Gauri Khan
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor
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