Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5
Dear Dia Movie Review : This mushy fare will give you warm fuzzies
Review: Introverted Dia (Mihika Kushwaha) has a big-time crush on Rohit (Ujjwal Sharma) from her college but cannot confess her love to him. Rohit soon leaves India and Dia goes about her regular life. Three years later, Rohit returns and moves into the apartment opposite Dia’s, and it’s no coincidence. He was always in love with her, too, and followed her there. The two start dating and decide to get married. One fateful night, however, they meet with a fatal road accident.
When Dia’s uncle tells her that Rohit is dead, she’s devastated and tries to end her life at a railway crossing but cannot go through with it. A practical, good-hearted and happy-go-lucky Adi (Pruthvi Ambaar) happens to enter her life and pulls her out of her grief. They fall in love and decide to spend their lives together. Here’s when things take a wild turn. Rohit is back. He was actually brain-dead and flown to Singapore for better care. Since Dia’s father didn’t want her to spend her life waiting for him to wake up, she’s told that he didn’t survive. Rohit is, obviously, still madly in love with Dia, and they are all set to get married. Dia is now torn between marrying Rohit and being with Adi. She decides to choose love but something else is in store for her.
A remake of the Kannada film, Dia (2020), Dear Dia is a sweet, mushy movie that will give you that warm, fuzzy feeling and reach for the tissue box a few times. The film’s charm lies in its simplicity and doesn’t have the trappings of uber-hip college life. Albeit a tad predictable, director and writer KS Ashoka’s storytelling and direction are smooth. The pace is unrushed until Adi enters the picture but those who like love stories will lap it up nevertheless.
Another strongpoint of the movie is its performers. Mihika is well-cast as the innately subdued and always somewhat-melancholic girl next door. Her chemistry with both the heroes is great. While Ujjwal as the artistic college heartthrob is extremely likeable, it’s Pruthvi who steals the show with his charm, whether as a scamp, a lover or a son. Apart from the love triangle, the mother-son relationship between Adi and Laxmi aka Lucky (Mrinal Kulkarni) is adorable.
If you like all things gooey, romantic and that which leave a lump in your throat, this film is for you. It has a surprise ending and you may not know what hit you.