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Beauty Of Dear Zindagi Is That It's Made By Confident Women: Shah Rukh Khan on Alia Bhatt and Gauri Shinde

He further adds that he’s not just more comfortable with female directors but also that he shares a better camaraderie with men who’re a little more sensitive.

Kriti Tulsiani |

Updated:November 23, 2016, 10:52 AM IST

Gurgaon: Shah Rukh Khan was, is and probably always will be one of the few actors, who has never shuddered from praising his co-actors and colleagues. In a first, the actor is working with a female-dominated team in Gauri Shinde’s upcoming film Dear Zindagi and he couldn’t be more elated over the fact.

“We live in a man's world unfortunately and we talk about feminism and women empowerment but the beauty of this film is that it has been made by some very confident women”, he says.

dear-zindagi-1Image: Yogen Shah

Right at the beginning of his career, the actor had worked with Hema Malini in Dil Aashna Hai and much later, he produced and acted in Farah Khan’s directorials including Mai Hoon Na, Happy New Year and Om Shanti Om. Admitting that his “life and profession has been dependent on women”, he highlights that there’s a difference in the approach of male and female directors in terms of filmmaking and life in general. "The approach is different. There’s a lot of difference when you’re working with women. Apart from the creativity, the atmosphere on the sets is also different.”

“I wish everyone around me was a woman, in a good way. It's gentler, it’s kinder and they smell better,” he quips.

He further adds that he’s not just more comfortable with female directors but also that he shares a better camaraderie with men who’re a little more sensitive. "I am more comfortable working with female directors. I find being directed by men also - who are a little more women-like sensitive.. there is a quality to that sensitivity. Of course I have worked with directors, who are action directors, which is also cool but I think, yes, I am more comfortable working with female directors."

He believes that Dear Zindagi, without being preachy, raises several important questions and makes the right noises about the perceived notions about a woman’s lifestyle. “All the questions asked in this film are extremely important. Aurat jo bhi kare, jaisa bhi kare, jaha bhi kare, jab bhi kare, jiske saath bhi kare, wo sab kuch theek hai without being judgemental. Without being preachy, the film is sweet, simple and sensitive”.

Lauding Alia Bhatt and Gauri Shinde for their patience, he says their spanking new approach towards filmmaking and life in general, made him “unlearn a lot from both of them”. “I was taken in by Alia and Gauri for what they were doing on the sets. I un-learnt from both of them. They’ve a fresh, new and pretty sensitive approach to how to make a film. I’ve imbibed something in life from both of them."

Dear Zindagi is a slice-of-life, which according to Alia could be treated as ‘Jug-of-life’ film, wherein Alia plays the protagonist – Kaira, an aspiring filmmaker , who finds her shrink in Shah Rukh Khan’s character Jehangir Khan. The film featuring Ali Zafar, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunal Kapoor and Angad Bedi hits the screens this Friday.

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| Edited by: Kriti Tulsiani
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