And the accurate figures are finally here! Unlike trade predictions which suggested a bracket of Rs 10 crore-Rs 11 crore, Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt’s Dear Zindagi has managed to only gross a total of Rs 8.75 crore on opening day. Yes! Movie critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh just tweeted the exact box office figures of Dear Zindagi day 1 stating, “Dear Zindagi has a STRONG start… Hi-end plexes of major centres contribute maximum… Fri ₹ 8.75 cr [1200 screens]. India biz. Probably, the demonetisation has taken a toll on the single screens considering only the multiplexes have majorly contributed in the first day collections. But we believe, Dear Zindagi will surely pick up over the weekend courtesy the word of mouth publicity. Also read: Early buzz! Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt’s Dear Zindagi collects an approx of Rs 10 crore on day 1

While the fans were already excited to see Shah Rukh and Alia’s debut pairing on the big screen. The critics too seem to be highly impressed with the film right from director Gauri Shinde’s simplistic narration to Alia and SRK’s flawless performances. And moreover, it’s the relatable concept backed by life lessons is what’s working wonders for Dear Zindagi. Having being made on a budget of not more Rs 60-65 crore, if Dear Zindagi manages to collect close to Rs 9 crore on opening day, we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s surpasses it’s making cost within the first week.

As rightly put by another trade expert Amul Mohan who had given his thoughts way before Dear Zindagi hit the screens, he said”I think it will open big. Expectations are high since it’s a Shah Rukh Khan film. Of course, we all know he isn’t probably there in it for more than 30 minutes. But I am sure people will still want to see him. It’s been awhile since his last movie Fan released. Also I think there is an abundance of cuteness with Alia and Shah Rukh in it. That’s going to be a big hit for the people in metros.” Also read: Dear Zindagi movie review: Alia Bhatt gives her best performance while Shah Rukh Khan blows you away with his charm

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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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With audience, critics and Bollywood rooting for Dear Zindagi, here’s hoping to a fantastic weekend coming up for this slice of life venture. Keep watching this space for more updates on Dear Zindagi.