Lately, good films have spoilt the audiences. All they want is one good film after another. In such a scenario, Hello Zindagi however breaks this trend. The film will make you want to curse yourself for going to the theatre and the director for making it. Hello Zindagi highlights parenting issues in the current generation and it talks about saving the Olive Ridley turtles in the second half. It takes more than an hour for the director to explain what Kavita (Mrunmayee Lagoo) is up to.
Fresh out of college, Kavita is confused about her way forward. The one thing she hates the most is her forever nagging mother, Indra (Neena Gupta) who wants her to do those idealistic things a daughter should do like wearing traditional clothes, learning to cook and so on.
Girish (Kanwaljit Singh) is always supportive of her daughter Kavita, irrespective of what she does, and motivates her to follow her dreams. In fact, Kavita admits that she is incomplete without her father and considers him as her best friend until one day an accident changes the course of her life.
The director juggles between two stories, Kavita's journey towards self realisation and the issue to save the Olive Ridley Turtles. You'll soon find out why.
Kavita meets Dr Sadhana (Kitu Gidwani) a doctor, who not only understands her but also acts as her guardian and guides her through troubled waters. She takes her for a trip to Goa and that's when the real crux of the film is revealed. Why she helps her? Is it because she was a student of Kavita's mother and was only doing her a favour or she had an ulterior motive is for you to find out.
The background score is very ordinary and in the defining moments of the film, it fails to produce any impact. What covers up the bad music are the spontaneous and clean performances by Mrunmayee Lagoo and Kitu Gidwani, who are seen throughout the film.
Films with 'Hinglish' conversation often fails to add colour to the characters. Their accents seem jarring to the ears. Wish the dialogues were better.
During Kavita's stay in Goa, she meets Arpan (Milind Gunaji), who has given up a luxurious life abroad and turns an environmentalist to protect the eggs of turtles. The trip to Goa however turns out to be a life-altering one for Kavita as she decides to help Arpan in his mission.
Strangely, the film that highlights the issue to save turtles doesn't have a single shot of a turtle other than a few stock shots.
The confusing plot fails to strike a chord with the audience.
But Reema Lagoo's daughter, Mrunmayee, a new discovery, sails through various emotions with ease.