In the new song from Gauri Shinde’s gently visually beautiful Dear Zindagi we get a glimpse of all the people who matter in the protagonist Alia Bhatt’s life, including her best friend played by Ira Dubey and her love guru Shah Rukh Khan.Also the man who has broken her heart Kunal Kapoor.
But there is no sign of Ali Zafar anywhere. Such is the fear of a backlash in spite of political assurances from the aggressive anti-Pakistan lobby in Mumbai that Ali is being kept completely out of the picture, until the release.
According to sources Ali plays an important part in the protagonist’s Alia Bhatt’s life. “You can’t take him out of the plot,” says the source.
The song about heartbreak is….well, heartbreaking. Way back in the 1970s the Carpenters sang ‘All You Get From Love Is A Love Song.’ Now it’s Sunidhi Chauhanvoicing similar sentiments for the broken-hearted heroine.
Alia looks broken but brave, so vulnerable yet vital and adamant to get over her broken relationship. She sings, she dances, she screams and she sobs to distract herself from the pain, to make herself forget the heartbreak. The song composed by Amit Trivedi and sung with enormous reactivity by Sunidhi Chauhan(we don’t hear much of her these days) is almost like a slap in the face of the forces that keep a broken heart from getting healed.Or two splintered countries from coming together.
This is Alia Bhatt’s moment of self-confession. She empties her emotional repertoire into the character’s sense of irreversible abandonment desertion and desolation. Would she be able to get over this hurt?
Year-end Alia Bhatt will compete for the awards with herself. It will be Alia in UdtaPunjab versus Alia in Dear Zindagi. With strong competition from Sonam Kapoor in Neerja.