I just watched Dear Zindagi straight through for the 5th time. With my friend who missed it in theaters. And who had also suffered through Josh with me on an earlier movie night. And suddenly, IT ALL MADE SENSE!!!!
Stick with me here. In 1970s/80s Goa, a young teenager and his twin sister run a dangerous gang.
His sister falls in love with the brother of the rival gang leader while Shahrukh is still in love with a spicy local girl.
But Shahrukh is tormented by his childhood trauma!
In the end, the bad gang is defeated and their real estate racket revealed, along with the fact that Shahrukh and Aish are secretly the heirs to a massive fortune!
But then, what would he do next?
What if, with no longer any need to work or be a gang person, he attempts to move on with his girlfriend. But, still traumatized by his childhood, he eventually destroys that relationship. In a desperate effort to understand what is happening inside his head, he begins intensive therapy.
After years of work on himself, he comes out the other end, sadder, wiser, and fascinated by the mental health profession. He travels the world learning how to be the greatest psychiatrist of all time! While back home Aish and her now husband have never really gotten over their gang enemy past with Shahrukh, he says they are ashamed of him because he is in psychiatry, but in fact it is because he killed his brother-in-law’s older brother.
(Sorry for the big play button over his face)
So now he is back in Goa, no longer running from his fears. But his wife has lost touch with her local girl roots and lives abroad with their son. Shahrukh has taken his half of the inheritance and bought a lovely beach house. Where he spends time with local boys, trying to assuage his guilt for all the young man he lead astray in his gang banger past. And uses his old biker gang skills to fix bikes.
And, sometimes, takes on patients who remind him of the beautiful innocent young girl his sister was, trying to build up some faint echo of that connection.
And who remind him of himself, struggling with painful childhood memories that result in random outbursts of aggression. Until he gently leads them back to healing and happiness, the kind of healing he has finally found.
SEE???? It all makes sense!!!!