2016 has seen some select multiplex successes in theaters, Ki & Ka, Pink and Neerja to name a few. These are the films that have done well on the power of business in a few urban centers. Now add Dear Zindagi to the list. The film stands at 40.5 crore* after collecting 3.75 crore* on Tuesday. With this, the film has now gone past the entire Week One collection of the following films:
Dear Zindagi – 40.5 crore* (5 days)

Ki & Ka – 37.57 crore

Pink – 35.91 crore

Neerja – 35.32 crore

The film should collect decently today and tomorrow as well, hence aiming for good collections in Week One. Kapoor & Sons, another multiplex success, had brought in 46.93 crore in its first week and for Dear Zindagi, it would be a touch and go to go past that mark. Incidentally, both films are Karan Johar affairs. That said, Kapoor & Sons had a lesser opening weekend [26.35 crore] in comparison to Dear Zindagi [32.5 crore] but had a much better word of mouth and appreciation that had allowed it to grow immensely. In case of the Alia Bhatt starrer, the word of mouth is in the decent range and hence growth is limited. Also Read: Dear Zindagi box office collection day 5: Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt’s film stays rock steady, earns Rs 40.75 crore

That said, the film’s economics are such that everyone in the supply chain is bound to make good money out of it. Theatrically, it has anyways done better than expected and even if overall collections would have been in 40-50 crore zone, it wouldn’t have been bad. Here, it would come close to the 60 crore total and that would qualify it as a safe Hit in the final tally.

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  • Alia Bhatt’s is the real hero of Dear Zindagi

    Alia Bhatt’s is the real hero of Dear Zindagi

    Kaira (Alia Bhatt) is a promising cinematographer, who is going through serious crisis in her life. She is good at her work, but not getting that big break. Even her relationships in life – be it her parents or the men in her life are screwed up thanks to her own apprehensions.

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  • Shah Rukh Khan is the one who comes to her rescue

    Shah Rukh Khan is the one who comes to her rescue

    However when things get too much for her delicate mind to handle, she decides to consult a therapist. So enters Dr Jehangir Khan aka Jug (Shah Rukh Khan) who, in his unusual ways, tries to analyse Kaira’s problems and make her embrace life.

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  • Alia Bhatt’s BEST role so far

    Alia Bhatt’s BEST role so far

    Make no two words about it – this is an Alia Bhatt movie, through and through. The men in the cast, even Shah Rukh Khan, are just there to support her. Dear Zindagi is just another movie that showcases the powerful potential of this talented actress. If you were awed by her performance in Udta Punjab, be prepared to be blown away by her sheer anguish here.

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  • Shah Rukh Khan’s cameo is the next best thing after Alia Bhatt in this movie

    Shah Rukh Khan’s cameo is the next best thing after Alia Bhatt in this movie

    Shah Rukh, meanwhile, is a catalyst in her life as he tries to make her solve her life problems. The man uses his natural charm and dimpled smile to effective use, and we are sure girls are gonna swoon over him. However, what I liked about him the most that he allowed Alia to own the show, as he lets himself be a spectator in those scenes.

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  • Ali zafar’s role is the best amongst all the boys in this movie

    Ali zafar’s role is the best amongst all the boys in this movie

    Among the other leading men, Ali Zafar oozes charisma. While there were reports that he was replaced by Force 2 villain Tahir Raj Bhasin in the movie, they are all false and Ali is very much a part of it. And not just a part, he’s role is the best amongst Angad Bedi, Kunal Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor.

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  • We had slightly more expectations from Gauri Shinde

    We had slightly more expectations from Gauri Shinde

    As for direction, we must say as far as Gauri Shinde’s movies go, we still love her debut film better. It had a tighter narrative than DZ. However, that doesn’t mean Dear Zindagi is a weak attempt. It has some really fine moments, and natural warmth in the proceedings. The last meeting of SRK and Alia is an example of brilliant writing and execution. The songs by Amit Trivedi gel well with the narrative.

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  • What are the loopholes?

    What are the loopholes?

    While Dear Zindagi makes for a feel good viewing, we do wish that the editor had snipped off a few scenes in the second half. At two and a half hours, the movie is tad too long and it allows monotony to set in. Alia’s scenes with SRK were supposed to be a highlight of the movie. But apart from the first two scenes and the last one, the rest are too preachy and repetitive.

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  • A little bit more Shah Rukh Khan would have been better

    A little bit more Shah Rukh Khan would have been better

    It would have also helped if Shah Rukh Khan’s character was more fleshed out, especially since it was promoted the movie on his shoulders. People expecting this to be a typical Bollywood romcom and out and out Shah Rukh Khan movie, may get disappointed.

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  • What to do? Is Dear Zindagi worth all your time?

    What to do? Is Dear Zindagi worth all your time?

    Dear Zindagi will definitely appeal to you if you love slice of life film. A little bit of trimming here and there would have been good, and it is not a typical Bollywood movie. However that shouldn’t stop you from not witnessing one of Alia’s best performances and SRK being his charming best.

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  • Dear Zindagi gets 3. 5 stars from us

    Dear Zindagi gets 3. 5 stars from us

    Dear Zindagi definitely gets a 3.5/5 stars from us and they all belong to Alia Bhatt and partly to Shah Rukh Khan. As a viewer you realize that Alia Bhatt’s acting skills are progressing with every movie and she has the ability to carry a movie solely on her shoulders, which is a big thing.

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*Estimates. Final numbers awaited

Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources