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Friday, July 15, 2011 3:55:38 PM (IST)  

Movie Review: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is Worth a Watch

Movie Review: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara - of Life, Love and Letting Go

by Anitha S
Daijiworld Media Network - Entertainment

Mangalore, Jul 15: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is one of those movies that do not depend on high drama or fast-paced action for their success. Its strength lies in its smooth flow and the simple yet compelling narrative.

The beauty of the film is that it shows you how to live, or how you ought to live your life, without forcing its mantra on you.

Dil Chahta Hai, 3 Idiots and now Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The formula of male bonding between three friends works once again, and splendidly so.

Zoya Akhter’s directorial venture is far more than a tourism advertisement for Spain as some purported it be. Yes, it is a journey through mind-blowing locations and awesome adventures, but it is also a journey through life. It’s about conquering one’s fears, confronting one’s past and letting go of all inhibitions. The movie is about what Katrina Kaif says – seize the day, or carpe diem.

The Plot

Three old friends, Arjun (Hrithik Roshan), Imran (Farhan Akhter) and Kabir (Abhay Deol) decide to go on Kabir’s bachelor road trip to Spain, as per a pact they had made long ago. Arjun, a successful financial broker is the reserved one, totally engrossed in his work, who needs some cajoling (though not much) and a thumbs-down from his girlfriend to make him join the trip. Imran, a copywriter, is the happy-go-lucky sort who loves to fool around. Yet, he too has a serious side to him, which gets unravelled through the course of the narrative. Kabir is a ‘catalyst’, a cross-section of fun and seriousness, often playing the mediator between Arjun and Imran. One can’t help but be reminded of Saif Ali Khan’s role in Dil Chahta, who played the mediator to bring together the other two friends.

The pact that they made years ago requires each to go on an adventure which the other two must also take on. The adventure itself is a last moment surprise, so there’s no question of backing out. The scene shifts to Spain, where the friction between Arjun and Imran is palpable straight away, over some past girlfriend troubles. They even come to blows at one point of time, but as the movie progresses, the two iron out their differences and rediscover their friendship. Enter Katrina Kaif, the lovely deep-sea diving instructor, who teaches lessons in life to Arjun and brings him out of his inhibitions. Arjun’s transformation from a money-making, serious-minded financier to a fun-loving adventurous dude has been handled with great poise by Hrithik.

Interspersed with the main narrative are the stories of each of the three friends, mainly Kabir and Imran. Kabir’s fiancée Natasha (Kalki Koechlin), an interior designer, is too possessive of Kabir, and bugs him constantly with marriage plans which scares and troubles him. The ‘chudel alert’ issued by Farhan Akhter at her arrival is a riot, so also the way he calls her ‘sweet’ at the insistence of Kabir. Kalki, though she doesn’t have much to do except complain, has played her role well.

Imran is battling problems of his own, and his inward journey and subsequent confrontation with the past is beautifully brought out through Javed Akhter’s poetry, read by Farhan himself. Farhan does a marvellous job, balancing the scales between a prankster and a troubled individual. He is in fact outstanding, and it would not be an exaggeration to say he is the backbone of the movie, and one ought to watch it simply to see him break into fits of laughter.

The Movie

The movie flows on smoothly, with some excellent camera work by Carlos Catalan and screenplay by Zoya Akhter and Reema Kagti. The three main adventures have been captured well, but one wishes they could have been a wee bit longer. Also, though it is about the three men conquering their fears, they do not really seem to be that scared before the adventure, except perhaps Imran who has to be literally pushed off the plane. There are some drag moments which could have been avoided, and by the time it’s intermission you wonder when they would be embarking on the remaining two adventures. You actually start getting restless.

The pranks are somewhat juvenile and repetitive, but enjoyable nevertheless. The dialogues are witty, and here a special mention has to be made of ‘Bagvati’, care of Imran. ‘She’ is a bag costing 12,000 euros, a gift for Natasha by Kabir, and throughout Imran looks after ‘her’ with all his attention. The idea reminds one of Amy Adams’ ‘Louis’ (Louis Vuitton bag) in ‘Leap Year,’ though in ZNMD it is exaggerated but never over the top.

Zoya Akhter has made good use of Spain’s best adventure sports – from deep-sea diving to getting chased by bulls, Spain is covered from corner to corner. Not even its skies are left alone. The movie is definitely a visual treat.


Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol are excellent. Katrina doesn’t have much to do, and though she is projected as a fun-loving girl who lives every moment, she could have been a little more open and outgoing. Smiling and dishing out lessons on life is about the only things she does.

The chemistry between the three friends works like magic, and their easy conversations, their pranks on each other and even moments of sober understanding makes you relate with them. Even moments of silence speak a lot.

Naseeruddin Shah in his guest appearance is a class act as usual.

The Verdict

The one thing that stands apart and which really endears you to ZNMD is that it is honest. The characters are spontaneous and natural. No melodrama, no dragging emotional scenes, and most of the songs are blended into the narrative. ZNMD is as fresh as it can get.

In short, there is never a dull moment. Go watch ZNMD, it’s worth every rupee. 

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Comments on this article
tamojit, howrah
Sunday, November 20, 2011

now a days it is really hard to get this type of friend.

Khuzafa, Pakistan
Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hay guys! I just finished watching ZNMD and I wonder what people have been telling and what else this movie is. First of all very good acting, nice music. excellent n super fine direction and story...well i have so much to say about this..if you are looking for some message-filled sensual type movie you have to explore ZNMD..if you love art movies you will find so much of your type...but yes somehow Rethak Vs Katrina chemistry is a bit weak side but believe me its not going to bother you much because its not the side that you will focus lot watching such type of romance but movie is OK even without it..and being a bit personal i loved the locations and events shown in Spain because I really want to explore Spain someday "(n i will Inshalla).. Summing Up ..Its a great movie and Hay if you are University fellows or hostel chum group..make ZNMD planned for weekend.. I swear you will have a great time...From my side a definite 9.5/10.....

saurabh, mumbai
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

wow..superbbbbbbbbbbbbb ZNMD. Hrithik roshan get full marks. Dont miss as zindagi na milegi dobara. after big B its only hrithik the next superstar of the millenium. but singham definitely put effect on ZNMD collection as singham will surely be all time blockbuster.

inayat, silvassa
Sunday, July 24, 2011

mujhe movie dekh na hai bahut aachi hai hrithik is cool and kat so cool i like it movie zindagi na milegi dobara very nice movie

Janet Lobo, Mangalore/Bangalore
Saturday, July 23, 2011

Its worth watching. I loved the movie..... "Senorita" song was super.

dev, mumbai
Friday, July 22, 2011

boring movie.... i was wishing to watch something like DCH but It's just a copied mix-up from various other movies/series..waste of time...the bonding among the 3 filthy rich friends on trip to Spain seemed plastic.....Nothing new about the story and it's quite dragging...just some good looking actors and scenic Spanish back doesn't make a good movie...Farhan Akhtar has outdone himself in terms of overacting and annoying clichéd dialogs... If i wanna watch a good Indian Road trip movie I want it to be shot in India..The things I like about this movie is cinematography, spain and good music..

avk1112, ahmedabad
Thursday, July 21, 2011

i totally agree with u Riyaz

Soumyajit Majumder, Kolkata
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Fantastic movie...
must watch it...
best movie of the year...
Hrithik is just awesome...

Rahul singh, Jamshedpur
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fantastic m0vie....must watch.....I m big big fan of Hrithik.

zara, Mangalore
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Awesome movie...farhan aktar u ROCK !!!!

Janet Xavier, Dubai
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ZNMD is truly worth a watch. A very refreshing movie and a treat to watch. Everyone acted very well and sang well too. Hats off to Zoya!

Chammi Mangalore, Mangalore
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Its a awsomme movie ....nd u Farhan totally deffrent in ths movie .....I like ur acting and movies its fantastic words 2 say Zoya

Salome, Mumbai/UAE
Monday, July 18, 2011

Movie was great.Who says its boring, worthless to watch, whats dragging in it. Worth watching Yehi ko kehte hai ZNMD.

Clitus Tauro, Mumbai/Qatar
Monday, July 18, 2011

Here some of the movie viewers commented waste of money...boring movie....i think people after watching Delhi Belly Silly movies lost their taste of fun movies like this.....UFF

Hisham Ahmed, Mangalore
Sunday, July 17, 2011

Zindagi zaroor milegi dobara, if you believe there is apermanant life after death.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

waste of money...boring...dragging...only one song in this movie..i was waiting when it will be wound up

shabbir, mangalore
Sunday, July 17, 2011

Riyaz mangalore, the way u told "zoya cannot direct and hrithik cannot act anymore" gives the feeling that u r running the film industry...  Hritik is 1 of the best actor in bollywood, a real masterpiece.

Munna, Bangaluru
Saturday, July 16, 2011

very boaring story.worthless to watch.

Sushma M Shetty, Dubai..Mumbai
Saturday, July 16, 2011

What are you people BLIND? This movie was a BIGGGGGG disappointment... I culdnt wait for the movie to get over.. just DRAGGING!

The only saving grace was the back 'Spain'.. but even thatz not worth 3 hours of torture...

nelson, mangalore/kuwait
Saturday, July 16, 2011

80% here say it is good, so i will watch it. Daiji should now start Movie reviews on just released Hindi and Kannada movies. Movie buffs will like it.

Steven Nazreth, UAE/Udupi
Saturday, July 16, 2011

ZNMD Superb Movie... must watch!!!!!!!!!!

shanawaz, mlore/Qatar
Saturday, July 16, 2011

superb movie worth watching......

hri, alld
Saturday, July 16, 2011

its fantastic movie..if u dont like this movie,i have no words for u..hrithik awsum..and 1st time this type of movie in bollywood..go watch enjoy..

Clitus Tauro, Mumbai/Qatar
Saturday, July 16, 2011

Its a wonderful, brilliant, clean and neat comedy....must watch movie...after long years (i must say after 3 idiots) this movie is goint to rock all over the world and sure make records......Hats of to all the characters....Those who cant understand ..i must say better not to comment...MUST WATCH MOVIE

ashish, jaipur
Friday, July 15, 2011

u r right worst movie that i have ever seen

arif bava, kaup Abu dhabi
Friday, July 15, 2011

Good work from Daiji for you movie review in your column, please keep on posting every movies review (next week Singham of Ajay Devagan, Bodyguard of salman Khan, etc.) it may help us choice our own movie to watch at theater

Shivanand Shetty, Mangalore/Bangalore/USA
Friday, July 15, 2011

It's worth watching the movie only once.

Salim, Udupi
Friday, July 15, 2011

fantastic movie, great job by all of them, spain is awesome place.

Swagat, Indore
Friday, July 15, 2011

Watch out for hrithik,he has no match in this industry.He is the GREEK GOD(by looks)

jacobnelson, mumbaai
Friday, July 15, 2011

offcourse better than "DIL DEKE DEKO".........

venus lenka, mumbai
Friday, July 15, 2011

great to watch wid frns. spclly Farhan's acting is awesome. Hritik is as usual superb.Must watch movies for frns who fight for one girl......

Friday, July 15, 2011

Better than Dil chahatha hai.
Must watch this movie.....superb.

Louis D'Souza, Udupi/Kuwait
Friday, July 15, 2011

Just I want to watch Katrina, Movie is good or bad who cares?

Ranjan, kolkata
Friday, July 15, 2011

The movie is Awesome.Those who didn't like the movie i feel pity for them.

Sarang, abad
Friday, July 15, 2011

fantastic movie..
must watch it..
best movie of the year..
hrithik is just awesome..3boys are just the best all over the movie!!!!!

Rajneesh , Mangalore/Doha
Friday, July 15, 2011

sanjeev kumar, Bangalore,Amit raj, Kota.. Dont show ur communal colors at least on movies or actors. God should show u guys the right path..

Amit raj, Kota
Friday, July 15, 2011

U r rght bro. . . ,

sanjeev kumar, Bangalore
Friday, July 15, 2011

its a wonderful movie..liked it..better than useless khans movie....

Lancelot N. Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar
Friday, July 15, 2011

It's awesome, mindblowing, good entertainment, nice pic. Zindagi na mile dubara... so sad to know some people could understand to get the taste of the movie.

Prem, Delhi
Friday, July 15, 2011

movie is not a worth watching.. i did not like the movie
It looks like they are only promoting Spain... and i have also noticed the lack of coordination..acting is also lacking...complete wastage of money

Rajani Rai, shillong
Friday, July 15, 2011

I like d movie n its worth watching. its different from the others, should watch..

bablu, vizag
Friday, July 15, 2011

awesome movie ..........really superbb....yes it’s worth every rupee....

Reshma N Shetty, karkala
Friday, July 15, 2011

Very Nice Movie!!!

watched an beautifull movie after a long time!!!

The Film has been shot in spain & the background is awesome.

Nishith Shetty, sujeer/uae
Friday, July 15, 2011

Zindagi Na Milega Doobara is an Unique Movie shot very Nicely in Spain.
we wanted to watch it on the first dayitsel and were lucky enough to get the ticket for the last show on Thursday... Total Paisa Wasool!!!

It Bonds our Past College Days Love,Life and Freindship.

i am definitely sure if anyone critizizes this Movie then he might not had the Taste of Love,life and freindship in their Teenage.

Hats off to Zoya ,Hrithik -Katrina,abhay and Farhan.

dalip, gzb
Friday, July 15, 2011

nothing to watch in this movie

Mama, Bhubaneswar
Friday, July 15, 2011

I think some people doesn't like the movie.but i think they don't want to accept the truth or they don't like hrithik,katrina,farhan or any other star of this problem.its their choice.but really it is a fantastic movie,with superb acting of the stars,fabulous music,excellent script and direction etc.etc.i want to convey a msg to all the people who doesn't like the film-"REMIND THAT,IT HAS GOT 4 STARS OUT OF 5".its a fadu,total paisa wasul movie.don't miss it.aisi movie milegi na dobara.

telugucolours, hyderabad
Friday, July 15, 2011

Very Nice Film , Gud Review

sanket, hyderabad
Friday, July 15, 2011

utter flop , if u waych this movie u will never get back your life , the film title itself suggest

Roy , Mumbai
Friday, July 15, 2011

Mr.Riyaz,Mangalore. you are discussing about the acting and declaring movie as the disaster, while you cant even post your own comments! if you have to admit the truth then have you not directly cut paste someone elses comments from rediff forum? grow up!

Aparajita Kohli, delhi
Friday, July 15, 2011

i loved the movie...i do follow alot of serious and dark humor its actually a treat to watch..its full of life..go watch it

Aadil Khan, Kasaragod/Saudi Arabia
Friday, July 15, 2011

I would certainly go and watch this movie in the theater assuming the movie should be a family oriented as the title sounds and on the strength of the star cast and Ms. Anita's comments. Mr. Riyaz and Mr. Rajneesh, the movie got 4 out 5 stars.

mahendra shetty, mumbai,dubai
Friday, July 15, 2011

Its a total bakwaas movie i ever 3 hrs torture.....i hate this movie.....i surprised media review

Riyaz, Mangalore
Friday, July 15, 2011

such a disaster.the only gud element is nazzeruddin shah ...u suudenly feel like kids r acting in the movie whn u see him .....zoya cannot direct hrithik cannot act anymore

Rajneesh , Mangalore/Doha
Friday, July 15, 2011

Its is a Total Bakwaas Movie. I dont know how it is a Treat...Worst movie in the whole world.

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