Philosophy, fun and travel porn…
Zoya Akhtar (director) gave us Luck By Chance, a beautiful and sensitive film that sadly not many watched… I guess she realized that her off-beat sensibilities need better commercial sheen to appeal to a wider audience in India. Her next film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD) is not a regular potboiler but is packaged like one (smarter though) with beautiful people who travel first class, buy Birkins and drive through exotic locations in vintage cars.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a film about friendship and discovering what you want from life… after all you only get to live once. It is a story about three friends on a road trip that changes their lives; it is a simple plot but the way it is presented is what makes all the difference (screenplay: Zoya and Reema Kagti). The film has a light mood, many fun moments and you are constantly reminded that there’s one life to live. All this is packaged beautifully in an extended Spain Tourism show-reel! No, I am not complaining. It is almost like travel porn where beautiful images just keep coming on the screen and you start dreaming about visiting the place (cinematography: Carlos Catalan); from bright yellow corals in blue waters to wild horses running along your car; art galleries, charming cafés to the world’s biggest food fight, La Tomatina.
At about 135 minutes, the film is a bit too long and a little bit of brutal editing would have helped (editing: Anand Subaya); but at the same time the film’s relaxed pace lets you enjoy the moments and the visuals. Dialogues by Farhan Akhtar are witty and bring a smile to your face; a lot of the scenes remind you of your conversations with your friends. That’s where ZNMD wins, the film doesn’t try too hard to make you laugh or cry; it just involves you in what’s happening.
The actors have all done a fine job with Kalki and Katrina emerging as surprise packages. They fit the characters perfectly; Kalki of a SOBO girl who loves her Chanels and Hermés and is possessive of her fiancé; and Katrina of a half-Indian fashion student cum diving instructor. Both the girls appear quite natural and you don’t mind their accents as well. Amongst the boys, Farhan walks away with the coolest lines, except the poetry that wasn’t really required; Abhay is cool and Hrithik is alright. I say alright, because he’s done a fine job except a few scenes where you wonder if the brief to him was to over-act (look out for a scene involving a video-call with a Japanese client). Spanish actress, Adriana Cabrol has a small and likeable role.
Music by Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy grows on you (lyrics: Javed Akhtar); while ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, ‘Ik Junoon’ and ‘Senorita’ songs have become extremely popular, ‘Khaabon Ke Parindey’ is a beautiful track that stays with you (vocals: Alyssa Mendonsa and Mohit Chauhan). The only funny piece in the otherwise likeable background score is a little instrumental piece from ‘Saare Jahan Se Accha Hindustaan Hamara’ that plays right before the lead actors go for sky-diving.
Overall, ZNMD is an enjoyable film if you don’t get irritated with the whole lifestyle-of-the-rich-and-famous presentation. It has an interesting theme and of course the USP, the breathtakingly beautiful, Spain.
Nos vemos en España amigos.
My rating: *** ½ Three and a half on five
i loved Spain..i loved the tomatina festival, i loved the music, i loved deep-sea dive, i loved sky dive, i loved farhan, i loved the shayaris, i loved ZNMD 🙂 eagerly awaiting the dvd
here’s my review
The DVD is already out 🙂
Pingback: BollyBad 2011 « The Movie Review Blog
BLOODY HELL , WHY THESE GUYS ARE NOT DISPLAYING THE BRAND NAME OF VINTAGE CARS USED IN THIS MOVIE.
Does anybody know the model of the convertible they drive? And the house they stay in Costa Brava/
It’s a 1949 Buick Super Convertible Coupe [56-C] as per http://www.imcdb.org/vehicle.php?id=444171
No idea about the house.
That car was 1949 Buick super
Zindagi na milegi dobara is a movie on friendship which constantly keeps reminding us that we have only one life.. so each day should be luved at
The movies are available to watch via https://www.flickstree.com.
Flickstree is a unique startup that helps you find movies you’d love to watch with completely personalized movie suggestions to suit your likings.. Movies that you’d love and not what the world loves in general.
Additionally, Flickstree also tells you where you can see these films online.
Flickstree helps you to watch movies that you’d like to watch, and so you may find this amazing movie on flickstree.com
Flickstree is India’s first online movie aggregator and movie recommendation platform.