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Dear Zindagi borrows from only one thing. And that’s my life: Gauri Shinde

Filmmaker Gauri Shinde on Monday said she was “deeply disturbed” by “irresponsible comments” alleging that her recently released film Dear Zindagi is inspired from Canadian TV series Being Erica, which, according to her, she hasn’t even seen.

bollywood Updated: Dec 13, 2016 13:26 IST
Filmmaker Gauri Shinde (L) with her Dear Zindagi stars Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt.
Filmmaker Gauri Shinde (L) with her Dear Zindagi stars Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt. (IANS)

Filmmaker Gauri Shinde on Monday said she was “deeply disturbed” by “irresponsible comments” alleging that her recently released film Dear Zindagi is inspired from Canadian TV series Being Erica, which, according to her, she hasn’t even seen.

“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.

“I 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 said in a statement.

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 letter to life starring Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan in leading roles. The film also features Ali Zafar, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunal Kapoor and Angad Bedi.

It is Shinder’s second outing after English Vinglish.

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