5 Excellent

I saw the first day, first showing in Maryland, USA. I was expecting light entertainment to pick up my spirits. Dear Zindagi is so much more! Alia Bhatt is superb as the hard-working, talented cinematographer whose love life is a disaster. Instead of the old message -- all you need is the right guy -- Gauri Shinde has delivered a fresh story for the 21st century. Shah Rukh Khan hits all the right notes as her therapist, without overshadowing Bhatt with his star power. The rest of the cast is a wonderful, complex ensemble of friends, family, and failed relationships. This is an Indian film that will win hearts globally.