Dear Zindagi, Are You Mad?

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Dear Zindagi, Are You Mad?

Illustration: Akshita Monga


here is a particular brand of film-making that is creeping up on us, much like the waves crept up upon Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt, as they played an odd kind of kabbadi in the newest Gauri Shinde movie, Dear Zindagi. (Kabbadi is a metaphor for happiness and chairs are a metaphor for men. That’s just the way things are in here.) Let’s call this brand of film-making Socially Conscious Movies that Make the World a Better Place (SCMTMWBP). (My apologies for not being able to make this acronym cool.)

Anyway, I like this wave of moviemaking. In addition to making me feel virtuous about movie-watching and justifying caramel popcorn as dinner, it also makes a die-hard cynic in me look at an issue in a new light. Pink made me wonder about the grey lines that surround the issue of consent. Even Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, a movie with characters as thin as crackers, made me wonder about whether love, no matter how much you will it, can ever be a willful act.