Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
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Directed By: Zoya akhtar
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Kalki Koechlin, Katrina Kaif
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a story of three inseparable childhood friends, finding themselves and growing up during a bachelor trip to Spain. It is a story about friendship, overcoming your fears and living on your own terms. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is about seizing the day as you live only once.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is about three friends Kabir (Abhay Deol), Arjun (Hrithik Roshan) and Imran (Farhan Akhtar). Kabir is marrying Natasha (Kalki Koechlin), an interior designer. They embark on a road trip to Spain for Kabir’s bachelor party. They have a long standing pact where each one has to choose an adventure sport which everyone will try together.
To understand the beauty of the movie we need to understand the main characters and the fears consuming them:
A self made man who has come from poverty after the early death of his father- he has promised himself to not be in that situation again so he devotes his life chasing money. He is a workaholic who has become slave to the money. Arjun measures everything from relationships to friendships with money. He knows that his workaholic nature had consumed his previous relationship. He is comfortable in that cycle and fears that if he breaks away he will go back to poverty. That fear makes him reluctant to change, to let it go and believe that shit happens. His character undergoes a complete change when he overcomes his aqua-phobia by deep sea diving. He falls in love and the changed Arjun is willing to follow Laila (Katrina Kaif as their scuba diving instructor) to Morocco even if it means being thrown out of the job. His character was the most important because his catharsis triggers others to accept their fears and face them.
He is the funny bone of the three musketeers. He is the true artist who dwells in poetry. Recently he has discovered that his father had abandoned him as a kid and has settled in Spain. He has a fear of rejection, of facing his dad, to ask him why? He is holding onto a relationship which has never existed and never will. Imran has a fear of letting go and this has strained his relationship with his mother. He has been pampered his entire life and because of that he is still a kid and takes everything casually. And this immaturity has broken both his mother and Arjun’s heart. When he overcomes his fear and faces his dad, he faces rejection for the first time. And this makes him realize his mistakes and sorts his relationship with his mother and Arjun.
He is the peacemaker of the group. The most diplomatic guy who has to be in everybody’s good books. He has the fear of what people might think of him. This trip is most important for him. Because subconsciously, he wants his friends to push him to reject the wedding. He wants someone to confirm his inner belief, to tell him its fine to displease some for his happiness.Its perfect to be selfish sometimes in life. Kabir overcomes that fear in the last task. He goes and cancels his marriage with Natasha.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has brought out the essence of life beautifully. It portrays the spirit and vibrancy associated with the term YOLO: You only live once. All the actors have acted well particularly Kalki as an over possessive- bachelor party- breaker of a girl friend. Credit needs to be given to Zoya Akhtar and Reema Katgi to make the movie in a light tone. The movie isn’t preachy though the dialogues could have been better. The music is really good and the use of actors to sing gives it some authenticity. The poetry adds to the moods and makes the locations and vibes serene.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a must watch which will make you nostalgic and miss your friends. It will be even better if you watch it with your friends. Watch it and share your rating above.