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Dear Zindagi is a 2016 Indian coming of age drama film written and directed by Gauri Shinde. It was produced by Gauri Khan, Karan Johar and Shinde under the banners of Red Chillies Entertainment, Dharma Productions and Hope Productions respectively. The film features Alia Bhatt in lead role, with Ira Dubey, Kunal Kapoor, Angad Bedi and Ali Zafar in supporting roles. Shah Rukh Khan plays an extended cameo role in the film. The plot centers on a budding cinematographer named Kaira, who is in search of a perfect life and meets Dr. Jehangir, an unconventional thinker. He helps Kaira in gaining a new perspective about life.
The film is set in Mumbai and Goa. Kaira is a promising cinematographer. Fatima, Jackie and Ganju are her three best friends. Her cheerful life becomes a nightmare when the guy she loves, a film producer, Raghuvendra ends up engaged to someone else, and for whom she breaks up with a restobar owner, Sid, in between. Her landlord turns her out of her apartment because the building association wants to rent apartments only to married couples. This serves as a catalyst for her shift to Goa to live with her parents, a fact she detests. All this ends up with her spending many sleepless nights.
While in Goa she seeks out Dr. Jehangir Khan, a Goan psychologist after accidentally having heard him talk at a Mental Health Awareness Conference for her insomnia. Meanwhile, she meets a musician, Rumi, whom she starts to develop feelings for, but ditches before anything serious can happen. She also meets her younger brother, Kiddo. Matters with her family come to a head when Kaira has an outburst at a family get-together where she confronts her parents about them abandoning her for years at her grandparents’ house.
She finally narrates the story of her abandonment to Jug who tells her that she fears abandonment so much that she doesn’t allow herself to commit in relationships for fear of being abandoned. He convinces her that she doesn’t need to forgive her parents for abandoning her but she can as an adult see them as two regular people who made a mistake. He says, “Don’t let the past blackmail your present to ruin a beautiful future.” After this, Kaira makes an effort to reconcile with her parents and also works to finish her short film.
The movie ends with a viewing of Kaira’s film where she meets a furniture dealer who might turn out to be a prospective lover.