Movie:Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Director: Zoya Akhtar

Cast: Abhay Deol , Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan, Kalki Koechlin , Katrina Kaif

Jagran rating:    (Good)

Story Line: Director Zoya Akhtar gives Bollywood its first full blown contemporary road movie in the form of ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’. May be Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara will remind you the spirit of Dil Chahta Hai, but it’s essential rhythm is its own, a dynamic road movie with intelligence, emotion and above all, humanism.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara demands just one thing from you- slip into an adventure mode and just float with the flow. Rest assured you are in for a merry ride, with loads of thrills, emotions, romance.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara revolves around three male protagonists- Hrithik Roshan (Arjun), Farhan Akhtar (Imraan) and Abhay Deol (Kabir) seeking to break free from the confines of their respective boxes.

Kabir gets engaged to Natasha (Kalki), but before getting married he wants a special bachelor's party which involves an extended road trip in picturesque Spain with best buddies, writer Imraan and stock broker Arjun.

They have a deal regarding the trip that each one gets to try one adventure sport of his choice and the other two have to join him, whether they like it or not. Imran has an additional agenda to be on the trip – to find his biological father about whom he has lately discovered.

The trip begins and with the passage of time these three friends meet bunch of interesting people which includes lively half-Indian, half-British girl Laila (Katrina Kaif) who believes men should be in box or shackled only when he is dead. This trip turns out to be a lifetime outing which teaches them to combat their insecurities, fears and shed the emotional baggage of the past. During the three-week long trip, the three men confront the past, negotiate their present and carve out a new future.

Thumbs up: Though ‘ZNMD’ is a multi starrer, each character comes out neat and clear. All the three male leads play their part with perfection. The youthful ambience of the film allows the actors to be their own selves and they all do it without a hitch.

Hrithik Roshan with his Greek God looks does a wonderful job. Farhan Akhtar fits his role perfectly and most notably his comic sense is applaudable. Abhay Deol who is confused about his own life does a commendable job. Katrina Kaif is delightful in her part. Kalki Koechlin in a bitchy role of an over protective and possessive girlfriend is excellent.

Being a woman, the way Zoya Ahktar showcases the bonding of three male friends is really wonderful. Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti's writing is simple, straightforward, well-etched and character-driven. The narrative doesn't waste much time to initiate the road trip. The dialogues are quirky and have a punch in them.

Zoya has played with the theme ‘Live life king size’. She tries to teach audience to live every moment of life to its fullest.
Cinematographer Carlos Catalan amazingly captures the beauty of the foreign locales. All the adventure sports whether, it's sky diving, scuba diving or the bullfighting, are showcased in a lovely fashion.

'La Tomatina,' which is one of the most famous festivals in Spain, has been re-created perfectly for the song ‘Ik Junoon’. The ‘senorita’ which features Abhay, Hrithik and Farhan Akhtar, crooning away to glory is the USP of the album and it presents the flavour of Spanish music.
The songs of 'ZNMD,' which have been created by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are quite appealing.

Thumbs down: The first half seems to lack the punch, for the actors are just seen travelling all around, playfully. Apart from this, we cannot give any thumbs down for this entertaining flick.

Don’t miss the film because ‘aisi film na milegi dobara.’

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