Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Enjoy Every Moment

Sangeeta Chowdhury

Rating: ★★★★☆

To wish is to live and life is all about wishes. But what a paradox!! We leave our desires, our dreams, our wishes in a locked corner of our heart on the pretext of being ‘grown up’, being ‘mature’ waiting for, for, for….what?? The right moment? The stroke of luck? Or the ideal circumstances???? Again we all know that such conditions never exist in real life. What exists is US, the very human form with all it’s flaws and follies. So why put off doing what we have always wanted to do in the backseat, trying to achieve some materialistic targets when we are not even sure if we will be alive the next day to pursue those targets. Live life one day at at time. Enjoy every moment, every breath as if it is the best gift because who knows there may not be a tomorrow.

Too philosophical,isn’t it? But the movie is not so mundane. It’s alive in the lap of Spain with beaches, babes, tortillas, hummable background score and wonderful direction. Once again it’s another smart Zoya Akhtar venture. The trio of Farhan Akhtar (uber cool with secrets Imraan), Hrithik Roshan (ever grumpy Arjun) and Abhay Deol (going to be married Kabir) is awesome. It feels as if they have been friends forever. It is one of those rare instances when an actor transcends his personality to become one with the character and when that happens it is sure to touch our heart. The dialog composed by Farhan Akhtar is witty and contemporary.

Three friends are on a bachelor party doing what they fear most like scuba diving, sky diving from 15000 feet, racing with bulls and even more dangerous… cancelling the marriage itself!!! Each one has their own problems. Even their friendship is vulnerable because Imraan has dated Arjun’s girlfriend in the past which Arjun is not wiling to forget although the girl has ditched both of them. Imraan wants to confront his actual father (who lives in Spain and is way better of without him). Kabir is getting married but is confused about the whole situation. They behave amicably though. Wheels are set in motion when Laila (Katrina Kaif)  joins them as their scuba diving instructor. No points for guessing who falls for her!! Of course it’s both Imraan and Arjun.

It is hilarious when one tries to impress the girl and the other tries equally to ruin the effort. The ‘Tomatina Festival’ (like our Holi but played with squashed tomatoes), Imraan’s effort to ‘tap dance’ which is reduced to ‘stamp and jump’, Laila chasing Arjun on a Royal Enfield, ode to ‘Doordarshan’ and a bag–simple handbag priced 12000 euros– which Imraan fondly names ‘bagmati’ are very original as they tickle you but no part is overdone. In the opening credits, there was a acknowledgement for Suzanne Roshan which I guess (maybe I am wrong) was because she let Hrithik have lip-locks with Katrina.

But the utter silence after each conquer their fears with nothing but heartbeats in the background followed by moments of reflection with mesmerizing poetry by Javed Akhtar sends chills down your spine. Being a fan of Hrithik since school I must say that he has done a great job with Farhan and Abhay. Though in very small roles Kalki Koechlin and Naseeruddin Shah are deliciously annoying, as their role demands.

Overall, it really is a well directed, well edited, well acted movie successfully filling you with a sense of well being. You leave the theater with a smile on your face and heart considerably lighter planning your own road trip someday. To wrap it up in Javed Akhtar’s own words from the movie.

Dilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho..
To zinda ho tum
Nazar mein khwabon ki bijliyan leke chal rahe ho..
To zinda ho tum
Hawa ke honke k jaise azad rehna sikho
Tum ek dariyan k jaise lehron mein behna sikho
Har ek lamha se tum milo khole apni bahein
Har ek pal ek naya sama dekhen eh nigahein
Jo apni ankhon mein hairaniya leke chal rahe ho
To zinda ho tum
Dilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho
To zinda ho tum….


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  1. it is really a nice movie…. after a long while watched a hindi movie with that ‘ feel good ‘ thing in it…… the review once again made me remember the spells that the film had cast on me when i watched it……wanna see it again……

  2. ZNMD was an exhilarating movie experience! The cinematography is all too stunning and eye-candy. A fantasy story, but as Sangeeta points out, no part of the movie is overdone! The movie also reaffirmed my belief that I am still young at my heart :D I so want to have a tomatino festival with friends and go camping may be, as skydiving sounds a tad too adventurous! :-)

    I found Hrithik great, contrary to many pundits on Facebook who found his acting lame! (After all, in a movie that is more about the sights and sounds, who cares about acting so much?) I can’t say the same about Farhan Akhtar’s character though, whom I found a little nyaka at times. :P

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