Loved this movie! A very deep and soul-stirring movie…
At the outset, it seems like a movie about a young girl trying to find a foothold in the industry she’s working and trying to come to terms with her troubled love life/relationships.
She is shown as a very confused girl, who doesn’t know what she wants, when it comes to her relationships with people, especially her love life. (Commitment is an issue here. Why? Read till the end!) But what she does know and is quite confident of is her career and her ambition to make a mark of herself in her field of work.
She keeps her parents at a distance and cringes and dreads at going to her hometown.
So, this young girl happens to hear a psychiatrist speak, by chance, when she goes to one of her shoots. (She is s a cinematographer, who makes ads and short films)
And that’s how her journey of self-revelation begins. The “Brain Doctor”, merely helps her to come to terms with this. Of course, it requires someone capable, to be able to probe deeper into the areas of one’s life that have caused trauma, pain and is shut away. And there is no better way than seeking professional help in this regard.
So, what is it that this young girl has shut out from her life?
Her Childhood memories?
Her sense of belonging?
Her sense of being wanted?
Her fear of being rejected again and again?
Her fear of commitment in a relationship?
Her fear that her cocoon will be blown away?
And here, I believe lies the crux of the whole story!
Something that delves deeply into parenting, childhood, and such stuff.
There is dialogue in this movie, which I completely believe in and relate to! (Of course, there are many others too! But this has just stuck on to me!)
And the dialogue by the Brain Doctor is:
“Parents should create happy memories of childhood for their children!”
And how apt is that!!!
Yes, this is very essential.
Yet, there are many parents in this world, who are in their own world, waging their own battles, either in the corporate world or in the family world or just with themselves!
And here in lies the greatest root for many fears that the child is unable to overcome in the prime years when he/she steps into the adult world.
Parents! Always try to look at things from your child’s perspective too!
Coming back to the movie..
So this young girl comes to terms with her fears and securities, with the help of her Brain Doctor.
She even learns to forgive her mother’s decision of leaving her at her grandparent’s place and going away for many years. And for this, the child who is now a young adult is supposed to look at things that happened in the past (in her childhood), from an adult’s perspective!
The fear of being rejected and not wanted as a child has had a deep impact on this young lady, who always sees all relationships from the same angle. She is afraid of commitment. And for her to get out of this, she has to fight her demons of her childhood.
The protagonist learns to fight her fears, learns to forgive her parents, and ultimately frees herself!!
She hums…..Love you Zindagiiiiiiii… Love Me Zindagiiiiiiii
She loves life and wants life also to love her back too!
She wants that beautiful acceptance, by her loved ones.
As simple as that!!!
A beautiful story and very compellingly shot movie at that!
It is on purpose that I did not take Alia Bhat, the protagonist, or Shah Rukh Khan, the brain doctor’s, name.
This could be a story of anyone. When we bring in names of film actors, the focus shifts away from the story.
For me, it is the story that here that is the essence of the film. The story of many children, adults, parents!
Of course, I do give credit to the actors for their superb talent!
And the director for bringing out this wonderful story in a perfect manner!
It is a movie/story that makes you ponder over small things in Zindagi!!
Love Me back Zindagiiiiiii!