Director Gauri Shinde recently said she was deeply disturbed by irresponsible comments about Dear Zindagi.
''Dear Zindagi is a deeply personal film. There is only one thing it borrows from. That's my life.... there are a million films and serials with therapists like there are with doctors. Just because there is a doctor in a film does not mean it borrows from another film with a doctor.''
"Am deeply disturbed by irresponsible comments from people who have no clue what it is that they are referring to... I have not seen this series that they refer to.. and I cannot comment on what is in it," she told IANS.
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Shinde added that "in today's world where everybody sees everything, I am not so dumb that I believe I can get away by deliberate plagiarism nor am I so insensitive to borrow without giving credit from anybody who has created anything for such a sensitive and important cause".
Dear Zindagi is a slice-of-life film with Alia playing the protagonist - an aspiring filmmaker, who is on the lookout for a lot of unanswered questions. The film also featured Shahrukh Khan, Ali Zafar, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunal Kapoor and Angad Bedi.