Films | Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara – Review

Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara – Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on July 15, 2011 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar

DIRECTOR – Zoya Akhtar

WRITER – Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar

CAST – Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin

MUSIC – Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy

It is rare to see gorgeous faces drop attitude and become human in feel good pop corn films yet remain attractive. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif do exactly that and probably that is the winning formula of this very entertaining, very enjoyable film.

Three friends decide to make good their college pact of going on a bachelor trip before one of them gets wedded and play a dangerous sport each of each other’s choice. Kabir (Abhay Deol) is soon-to-be married to his girlfriend Natasha (Kalki Koechlin). Imran (Farhan Akhtar) is a copywriter  and otherwise with questions in his mind about his father’s identity. Arjun (Hrithik Roshan) is a stock broker come up the hard way with a singular focus on earning as much money as possible at the cost of everything else in his life. The three set out to Spain to face the adventures waiting for them. During those adventures they meet Laila, (Katrina Kaif) a deep sea diving instructor who becomes an intimate part of this journey that becomes more than just a fun trip.

Each one of them learns to let go, face their fears and comes to see a completely new way of living. While the sports they choose reveal some aspect of themselves, being together also rubs off its dust on them, opening them up a little more. Characters transform as they learn to let go a little and take control a little.

The film has all the trappings of a feel good commercial film especially with its overdone theme of living life to the fullest. But Zoya Akhtar chooses to explore human facets and moments more deeply than the drama of travel and living. It is with a unique sensibility and sensitivity she peels of layers off her protagonist’s lives and keeps adding a perspective to their behaviour bit by bit. If anything it comes across as a wonderful study in human behaviour.

The film’s characters are urban chic but nowhere does their class get into the way of their lives being any less real or much-endowed. There is a regular every-day-ness to them that is immensely charming. Their fragility and vulnerability is as appealing as their banter which has a startling chemistry of actors and freshness of humour. Each actor portrays the character and shines through with no barriers of having to live upto a stereotype of ‘hero’ or ‘heroine’. Apart from the humour and sensitive screenplay it is this aspect that gives the film its freshness. A very warm special mention needs to be made of Deepti Naval and Naseeruddin Shah’s cameos, few of the finest actors we have today.

Penned with a keen insight into human psychology Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a buddy film on the surface. It is also about ‘carpe diem’, living life to the fullest. It is about fun, frolic and friendships and lots of beautiful visuals. But at the heart of it is an engaging saga of human relationships, choices and facing one’s fears. Bring free to really live life the way it is meant to be lived. ‘Coz we all know it’s not coming again.

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