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IFFI 2018: Gauri Shinde decodes the chemistry between Shah Rukh and Alia Bhatt in ‘Dear Zindagi’

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After the success of ‘English Vinglish’, director Gauri Shinde gifted the movie buffs two beautiful characters-Kaira and Dr. Jehangir Khan a.k.a Jug, played by Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dear Zindagi’. With this film, Gauri once again served the audiences with yet another unconventional movie which tells the story of a therapist and his student and the unique relationship they share. Shah Rukh and Alia’s characters are still etched in audiences’ mind and loved by people even today.

‘Dear Zindagi’, was Gauri’s second movie and she very delicately handled the chemistry of a mentor and his student. The filmmaker attended the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, where she spoke about the organic relationship between these two characters that had mentorship at one point of time and a beautiful sexual attention on the other.

She shared, “I just wanted them to be real human despite him (Dr. Jug) being a mentor. He is human at the end of the day and he has feelings. Just being in the role of a mentor or teacher that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have feelings or any issues. You can’t expect a therapist to be perfect.  It was built in the writing and it was there in the thought to put it in a very subtle way. Especially when you are dealing with such delicate emotions with each other, there is bound to be that bond and some sort of connection between two people.”

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“I wouldn’t call it sexual between Shahrukh and Alia though it shows up in that sense. It’s a deep connection that makes you feel to be with that person,” added Gauri.

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. "… Is there such thing as a perfect relationship?… Like just one, special rishta…?" "… Why just that one special rishta? Zindagi me kayi special rishtey hote hai… Alag alag ahsaason ke alag alag special rishtey!… So many different special rishtas, so many kinds!… Ye romantic wala rishta, inme se sirf ek hai… Sab rishtey ke ahsaas ki zimmedari, ye bojh – isi ek rishtey pe daalna; a bit unfair no!" . 2 years and a life-altering heartbreak later, I still am trying to process this very thought through the way of me. Not many people know, Kaira has been me (and vice versa) on so many levels that I cannot even begin to explain why. Having a troubled childhood, tantrums of parents, siblings issues, and with a misfit soul – I've always looked out for someone like Jug. Not to be my therapist or something, but only to listen to me when I speak my heart out. The only difference between me and Kaira so far – Kaira was lucky enough to have stumbled onto Jug; whereas I'm yet to find one. I found my place in between the papers though. And somehow, things are in better shape now. Dear Zindagi has been a life saver, and quite literally so. I cried for a while sitting in the cinema hall, even after the movie was over. And I still remember, I felt lighter after that cry. Jug taught it right, you know – "Tum agar khulke ro nahi sakogi, toh khulkar has kaise sakogi!" 😊 . 🎬 – Dear Zindagi . @iamsrk @aliaabhatt @dearzindagifilm @dharmamovies #dearzindagi #loveyouzindagi #lovemezindagi #srk #aliabhatt #shahrukhkhan #kaira #jug #jehangirkhan #dharma #dharmaproductions #gaurishinde #2yearsofdearzindagi #2yearsofkaira #2yearsofjug

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Filmmakers Meghna Gulzar and Leena Yadav were also a part of the panel discussion that was moderated by director Shashank Khaitan.

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