‘Dear Zindagi’ is a jewel of a movie. The situations, writing and dialogs are intense, insightful and the equivalent of five years of therapy. From my postgraduate work in psychology, I could appreciate Shah Rukh’s great performance as the warm and skilled therapist. Alia is brilliant as the intelligent modern woman who sabotages her closest relationships in spite of herself and then is left overwhelmed with guilt, depression and anger. There is a genuine emotional healing and maturity that occurs in the process of therapy and that is reflected in her gradual personal and professional empowerment. All the psychological details are there: the initial dream that guides the analytic relationship, personal history, transference, consolidation and resolution. Some of the solutions seem simplistic and familiar but often they really happen like that in therapy. The time period for all this to take place was unrealistically short and would probably take much longer but this is a movie after all. The level of sophistication demonstrated in dealing with complex psychological issues may be lost on fans who just want bare chests and car chases but for those who have had similar experiences, it will be among the best films of the decade. I loved this movie, saw it yesterday braving LA traffic (record gridlock), and am taking my son who is in a post graduate psychology program to see it today.