Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara – Movie Review (Hindi)

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Language : Hindi.
Release : 2011.
Starring : Hritik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin, with Ariadna Cabrol as Nuria and
Naseeruddin Shah.
Directed By : Zoya Akhtar.
Written By : Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar.
Music By : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.

After being served with a healthy dose of the regular run-of-the-mill Hindi movies, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ is a completely refreshing movie based on bromance and all things GUYS. Unlike the regular Bollywood movies, which rely more on the presence of a star cast rather that the story, Z.N.M.D., although has a brilliant star cast, emphasizes more on story and narration.
I would prefer to call it as a sequel to Dil Chahta Hai, not because it has a similar story arc, but Dil Chahta Hai focused on coming to terms with life when you just step out of college and start taking responsibilities in life, while Z.N.M.D. focuses on growing up and accepting your failures in life when you’re starting to settle down, like a five-to-ten year gap between these two stages in life.

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Three friends come together for a bachelor’s party in Spain, where each one chooses an adventure sport which the other two would have to oblige, irrespective of their fears and inhibitions. Each one of them have their own back stories, which they overcome, in parallel coming to terms with the fact that nothing can be changed in the past while they have the brightest future which lay ahead for them!
The pace of the movie is slow and takes it own sweet time to unfold, yet it is completely justified by keeping us in the groove. Although each of the characters have their flashbacks, it’s not delved into deeply but for a mention and a few scenes, again something unusual for a Bollywood movie, and stays completely focused only on the story. There were two major factors contributing to the success of the movie, i.e. casting and music. Both these aspects were matched to perfection.

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The soundtrack and background score of the movie is BEAUTIFUL, not good or awesome but BEAUTIFUL. When you watch the movie, you would understand the meaning of it. If the cast of the movie is the body, it’s the music that gives it a soul, a soul with meaning, and all the credit goes to the trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for composing it, although they did falter with the “Saare Jahan Se Achchha” tune in the middle of nowhere, which was definitely not required at all.

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Casting has been sculpted to perfection. Although a star in their own right, each of them have and have played their part with an eye for perfection, not overdoing in because they are a star or underplaying it because they are in a multi-starer. All said and done, Farhan Akhtar has intelligently carved out his role for the main protagonist without the others noticing it, while Abhay Deol doesn’t mind playing third fiddle, and nothing needs to be told about Hritik while Katrina Kaif’s characterization as Laila is sweet, and Kalki makes us like her role of a bitchy and possessive girlfriend, and finally Naseeruddin Shah sets standards in his cameo.
How could I complete writting this without mentioning a praise for its cinematography, with its stunning picturisation of Spain especially the skydiving and scuba-diving scenes. On the whole sink into the movie and enjoy the adventure.

Audience POV :
1. A lighthearted movie on bromance.
2. A Spanish Adventure.

Critic POV:
1. A refreshing movie, moving away from the regular trend of the Bollywood formula.
2. An excellent background score to compliment the movie.

 

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