Dear Zindagi (English: Dear Life) is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language 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 the lead role, with Shah Rukh Khan, Kunal Kapoor, and Ali Zafar in supporting roles. The plot centers on a budding cinematographer named Kaira, who is discontented with her life and meets Dr. Jehangir, a free-spirited psychologist who helps her to gain a new perspective on her life.
The film's development began in 2015, when Shinde signed Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan for a film to be made under her banner. Principal photography took place in Goa and Mumbai. The film features a score composed by Amit Trivedi and lyrics written mostly by Kausar Munir. Dear Zindagi released on 23 November 2016 in North America, two days before its worldwide release on 25 November 2016, to commercial success and critical acclaim, with major praise directed to Bhatt's performance.
- Alia Bhatt as Kaira, who is also referred to as "Koko". During her latest interview with Bombay Times, Bhatt spoke about her role. She said that playing the role of Kaira was altogether a very different experience.
- Shah Rukh Khan as Dr. Jehangir "Jug" Khan, who helps Kaira in finding her true love. He describes his role by saying, "I am a support in the film, more like an extended cameo. I am very glad to be in this film. I have never played such a role in my entire career."
- Ira Dubey as Fatima, Kaira's friend, who is also referred to as "Fatty".
- Yashaswini Dayama as Jackie, Kaira's friend
- Gautmik as Ganju, Kaira's friend
- Rohit Saraf as Kiddo, Kaira's younger brother
- Kunal Kapoor as Raghuvendra, a film producer
- Angad Bedi as Sid, a restobar owner
- Ali Zafar as Rumi, a musician and singer-songwriter
- Aditya Roy Kapur as a furniture dealer (special appearance)
- Parveen Kaur as a model for Kaira's short film (special appearance)
Dear Zindagi (2016)
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