Plot: 3 young men Kabir, Imran and Arjun leave for Kabir's extended bachelor party a 3 week road trip. A road trip where each one gets to do the ultimate sport of his choice and the other 2 just have to do it with him, whether they want to or not! And this is what makes them face their fears, alter their perceptions, unravel their fabric, force them to break out of the box and teach them to seize the day.
Story of three friends and their bonds with each other is a concept which is always remembered with 'Dil Chahta Hai' and now Zoya Akhtar modifies t...
Story of three friends and their bonds with each other is a concept which is always remembered with 'Dil Chahta Hai' and now Zoya Akhtar modifies this concept and presents 'Zindagi Na milegi Dobara'. There are three key factors which makes a movie Hit or a Flop; strong narration, moralistic ending and fine acting and undoubtedly 'Zindagi Na milegi Dobara' has all of these.
Not only it's an inspiring and innovative way of presenting an old concept but the locations dialogues and camera-work shown in the movie is excellent. To top them all wit and humor in the movie will leave you laughing out loud.
Speaking of performances they all get 10 on 10! Nothing looked out of place the ensemble cast took the movie to some other level and excelled in their roles. Peppy tracks will charge you and adventure sports topped with amazing camera-work looked fascinating. The idea of presenting movie with the backdrop from Spain worked wonders.
Do watch out for the scene where our three heroes, totally drunk sing the tune of Doordarshan. The end is amazing and we see that all three of them overcome their respective fears and understand that 'YES Today is a present... Live It!'.
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Essentially a feel-good film, ZNMD explores that one philosophy screen-writers are wary to dwell on to, for the fear of coming across too sugary. A...
Essentially a feel-good film, ZNMD explores that one philosophy screen-writers are wary to dwell on to, for the fear of coming across too sugary. And that could have precisely punctured the ambitious road-trip of Zoya Akhtars new film. But then her characters who are on a spectacular expedition are not some fancy retards playing wine connoisseurs, but people battling serious inner demons, just like well, real people. Their various adventures metaphorise inner-conflict and its subsequent conquest, and the film deals with these life-altering events in an aesthetically subtle fashion, where it couldve come across mistakenly exaggerated.
Thats one big triumph of ZNMD. It doesnt exaggerate its core message. In fact, after conveying the intended point, it later trivializes its significance. So if Hrithik Roshans Arjun conquers his water-phobia after his scuba-diving act, he doesnt come out, yell loud with jaws wide open or jump and take another joy-dive; instead in a divinely gorgeous scene, he sits uninhibitedly on the boat, and weeps. Its a fine sequence that symbolizes the beginning of Arjuns transition from a steely and stiff, money-craving finance broker to a more laidback, composed, and realistic middle-aged man. Later, Farhans Imraan blabbers, "Ek hi dubki mein zindagi ke saarein raaz khul gaye? Tujhe toh underwater hi rehna chahiye." Just like it would happen between three friends coming together after a considerable span seeing one dramatically inspired.
Although it is inevitable, but suggesting that the makers indulge in advertising Spain tourism is a little insensible, because if your film is a road-trip or an adventure-induced drama, invariably the decided destination Spain, or Sudan is bound to benefit. And here it does cats and bulls.
The gorgeous landscape as backdrop is inspiring and comforting to the eyes. Also is convincing as a place where youd like to go on a sabbatical. It couldnt most surely be New York (remember Anjaana Anjaani?) So spectacular Spain chronicles the life-shifting escapades of three hunky men, whose lives, mediocre and boring so far, suddenly see an addition of varying textures, previous issues are sorted, and future decisions modified.
Also, it is mentionable the effort taken by the screenwriters to sketch out each of the three characters. Farhan Akhtars Imraan is the funny guy carefree and flamboyant, yet the smiles camouflaging a hidden worry are unmistakable and you are genuinely concerned for the mysterious cause. Hrithik Roshans Arjun is better. He voices his displeasure and is staunch on his agenda. Abhay Deols Kabir is the in-between guy keeping things cool, and trying to make it evident that he is okay with an impromptu commitment to his fiance (a hate-able Kalki Koechlin) The three protagonists are consistent and over the films course get to breathe and evolve and show-off varied hues.
Katrina Kaif as the diving instructor has got a sweet little role which she plays earnestly. She is crucial in bringing about Arjuns transformation, (and when an extremely pretty woman tells you, You will be fine, you blindly believe.) Kalki Koechlin as the dangerously possessive lover-about-to-turn-wife is a winner from shot one.
The films humor is likeable and immensely relatable. Farhan Akhtar gets to say the best lines, and he does so, in true just-out-of-college fashion. All of this skydiving or Spaniard horses sprinting around countryside, is matched with some soulful compositions by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The renditions correspond so well, you dont want the film to end. There goes its USP it is so overwhelmingly aspirational, it is difficult to not like it.
Although I must admit, it needed a close-fitting editing as some parts, beautiful and well-enacted as they might be, could be cut-short to timely reach the objective. In the meanwhile, Zoya and co-writer Reema Kagti freely consume time in exploring different themes that span from friendship and its influence to life to also reflecting the contrastingly changed times we live in. So when jilted son Imraan confronts his biological father on abandoning his mother during his birth, the father (a well-restrained Naseerudin Shah) still remains stubbornly unapologetic. Mature and contemporary.
So, Zoya Akhtar with help from brother Farhans superior enactment and some fine words (he co-wrote the dialogues), and father Javed Akhtars hypnotic poetry that gives the narrative a classic advance, deservingly ensures a Hit.
Life-celebratory and innocent, well-carved and restrained, soulful and pleasant, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is one of the finest and clearly the best the year, or Hindi films in general have seen in a while.
My only quibble with this movie is that its as long as its name which is too long to begin with. But the three hourcar ride is worth the ticket mon...
My only quibble with this movie is that its as long as its name which is too long to begin with. But the three hourcar ride is worth the ticket money apart from the opportunity cost gained of the fare to Spain. I guess there will be a spike in interest for tour packages to Spain and the next thing we know there will be Gujjus enjoying their sev puri in Seville.
Zindagi tells the story of three school friends who go to Spain as a bachelor party for one of them. The deal is that each one has to suggest an adventure sport once they get there and all of them have to do it. This means that we get to see some amazing scenes of underwater diving, sky diving and the Bull Run in Pamplona which is truly heart stopping. As the trip progresses we come in closer contact with the stories of each of the 3 pals. Given that each star needs adequate screen time we get a 3 hour movie- one hour each for Hritihik, Farhan and Abhay.
The chemistry between the three actors is good but it seems a bit forced at times. The dialogues save the situation though. They are smart and funny and keep the story moving along at a healthy pace. The music though is not that happening and sadly Hrithik does not get to do a proper dance number though Spain provided enough opportunities for it. This equal distribution of screen time is the culprit I think for this lapse.
Farhan being the scriptwriter gets the best lines and the funny jokes. His character as the joker of the pack is also the most endearing. Hritihik looks fabulous and carries the part of a busy financial professional well. Abhay Deol plays the straight guy who gets the jitters about his impending marriage. He is the bridge between the other two friends and looks earnest in the role though his dimples provide us with great promise of another more fun side. I loved Katrina here. Not overly made up she exudes a healthy glow and a sweet innocence about herself. Needless to say her pairing with Hritihik is a match made in heaven (or rather Spain!). We should see more of them in the future. I was waiting for some sizzling scenes between the two but was disappointed. Kalki Koechlin as the possessive fianc has the smallest role but is competent in it.
I would recommend you watch this movie. Its easygoing, laidback and keeps a smile pasted on your face for the better part. Just remember to order your snacks outside first. You need a lot of tapas and wine to get into the right mood to enjoy this one. view less