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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Release Date : 15 July 2011
Year : 2011
Banner : Excel Entertainment , Eros International
Producer : Ritesh Sidhwani , Farhan Akhtar
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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara SYNOPSIS

3 YOUNG MEN TAKE A HOLIDAY THAT CHANGES THEIR LIVES FOREVER.

Kabir (Abhay Deol) has just met Natasha. 6 months later they are engaged.

He wants to go on an extended bachelor party. A 3 week road trip with Imraan (Farhan Akhtar) and Arjun (Hrithik Roshan)- his 2 best friends since school. The only problem is Arjun is too tied up with work. After much emotional blackmail and cajoling the boys set off on a journey they were meant to take 4 years ago.

A fantasy holiday they had planned to take after college but never happened. A road trip where each one gets to do the ultimate sport of his choice and the other 2 just have to do it with him. Whether they want to or not!

Kabir Imraan and Arjun meet up in Barcelona and set off on an adventure that will not only make them iron out their differences but also face their fears, alter their perception, unravel their fabric, force them to break out of the box and teach them to seize the day.

In other words a holiday that will change their lives forever.

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'Zindagi' Is Refreshingly Realistic

By MovieTalkies.com, 15 July 2011 4 / 5

A glance at Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, there's a bit of déjà vu, recalling her brother Farhan's directorial debut, Dil Chahta Hai, from ten years ago. After all, with three guys in the leading roles, along with that trademark Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy sound, there's a lot in common that the two films have. But be sure, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a film all its own.
 
Still, Zoya seems to have been fairly influenced by bro Farhan, who also happens to be one of the stars of her film. Like him, Zoya's first also features a plot that revolves around the value and meaning of friendships, between similar uptown, moneyed characters, with a script and dialogues that appeal to urbane sensibilities, along with exotic locales, like the beautiful, undulating roads of Spain, here.
 
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is the story of a road trip through Spain, or a bachelor trip, if you prefer, that the three lead characters, school mates and best friends, here take, as one of their numbers, Kabir (Abhay Deol), is getting set for marriage. Kabir is the scion of a construction company in Mumbai, who has just gotten engaged to Natasha (Kalki Koechlin), who is similarly wealthy, and comes across as just a little bit controlling. Kabir's two friends, out to accompany him, are worlds apart. While one is the work-obsessed Arjun (Hrithik Roshan), who grew up through a tough childhood and is now focused on his highflying career in London and idea of making money, the other is the jovial Imran (Farhan Akhtar), a copywriter in Delhi and a poet in his heart, who has a hidden agenda in going to Spain. The film takes off from the road trip, where the three encounter Laila (Katrina Kaif), who teaches Arjun to live life, even as each of the three learn to face their fears and truly seize the day.
 
While some might say that the film's story is nothing new, the fact of the matter is that this is definitely novelty fare for Hindi cinema, which has seen few films of its range and outlook. The film's strengths in chief are its screenplay and dialogues, along with its performances. Penned by Zoya herself, in collaboration with friend Reema Kagti, the screenplay is refreshingly structured, with a narrative that has few flaws to spot. The dialogues by Farhan too, are completely true to life. Teachers' accents and expensive bags are the sort of stuff that any bunch of school friends would get together to jokes about, and here too, the effortless humour rings true. Zoya also handles the more emotional situations without getting too indulgent in her film, a definite step away from the overly melodramatic fare that even the best of Bollywood directors sometimes succumb to. The two Akhtar siblings also get a load of help from dad Javed, who pens some beautiful poetry for Imran's character, capturing the feel of the film in a few lines.
 
In terms of performances, the three lead actors share equal honours, though Farhan's Imran, with some of the best lines and scenes of the movie, might qualify as being first among equals. There is something about Abhay Deol, that allows him to slip beautifully into his sometimes wimpy, sometimes hilarious Kabir easily. Hrithik, as the serious Arjun, also strikes a superb comeback, emoting beautifully in scenes like the one after his first deepwater dive. Katrina leaves a bit to be desired though, not entirely convincing as the carefree Laila. Kalki, though, is perfectly cast as Natasha, who starts off sweet, but turns a bit sour as the film proceeds.
 
These apart, perhaps the film's leading star is the country of Spain itself, and Zoya does a beautiful job of introducing desi audiences to a new side of Europe. The credit here belongs to her Spanish director of photography, perhaps, Carlos Catalan, who takes on the open roads of Spain, along with the tomatina of Bunol and the bull run of Pamplona, as his own personal canvas to paint on. Though there are generous periods of the movie when we see ourselves just driving down Spanish highways, there isn't a moment in the film when you don't have something to look upon in awe.
 
Inspired by that landscape, perhaps, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy also come up with a wonderful score, around tracks like 'ik junoon (paint it red)' and 'senorita', that are as much Spanish as they are clearly Indian. A special mention should go to 'der lagi lakin', which takes a bit to grow on you, but comes across as brilliantly atmospheric when combined with the film's visuals.
 
Ultimately, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara revels in its relative realism, which sets it apart from average Bollywood fare. Though some might call this coming-of-age cinema, Zoya Akhtar's first film is simply a slice of real life. And as far as slice of life films go, this one is a deeply satisfying first bite…

Try 'Dobara', Shankar Ehsaan Loy...

By MovieTalkies.com, 21 June 2011 2.5 / 5

Shankar Ehsaan Loy are back in home grounds with Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, which brings them into Akhtar territory again, a year after Karthik Calling Karthik. Starring Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol, along with Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin, the road trip film sparks comparisons with Shankar Ehsaan Loy's first hit with Farhan, 2001's Dil Chahta Hai, which featured a similar, three member cast, though Farhan was in the director's chair then. This time around, ten years later, it's the Akhtar sister, Zoya, who is in the directorial hot seat.
 
For Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the trio comes up with a middle-of-the-road soundtrack, a light, feel-good sound that takes a lot of cues from the film's Spanish settings.
 
The soundtrack opens up with dil dhadakne do, a track that almost sounds like something that could come off the Rock On soundtrack. Suraj Jagan and Joi Barua take vocal leads while Shankar Mahadevan joins them on the chorus. The upbeat, pop rock track is constructed around some good guitar work, and has a rather catchy sound that stays with the listener.
 
But the soundtrack really takes off with the second number, ik junoon (paint it red), which brings Vishal Dadlani onto vocals. The track's ooh aah paint it red refrain makes for a great hook and the track is strong on its club-happy melody. The song's sound is built around synthesised orchestrations, with some nice Spanish guitar interludes and underlays. The tune really comes to life though in its later remix by DJ Shiva, where the synth sounds kick in in full flow. This one has all the making of a dance floor favourite.
 
The Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara soundtrack takes an alluring turn with the jazzy khaabon ke parinday, a track arranged beautifully around acoustic guitars and harmonicas. Loy's daughter Alyssa takes the vocal leads on this one, her husky voice suited perfectly to the number's lush sound. Mohit Chauhan also comes in for a verse or two, but this beautiful number clearly belongs to Alyssa.
 
While it's made quite a bit of news for featuring the film's three lead stars, Hrithik, Abhay and Farhan, on vocals, a listen reveals that senorita is anything but a novelty number. With some full-throated Spanish vocals from singer Maria Del Mar Fernandez, along with some enticing Spanish guitar work from Neil Mukherjee, the track brings a healthy dose of flamenco to proceedings and spices things up. While Hrithik and Farhan do a good job on the singing, the surprise is Abhay, whose boisterous vocals bring a load of charm to the track. Though the track is remixed later down the playlist by DJ Shiva, the original version of the number, with its morning party sort of sound, comes out tops.
 
Shankar Mahadevan's der lagi lekin has a rather contemplative sound, both in lyrics and tune. Built around a steady percussive rhythm and bass line, the track is removed from the rest of the album, in that it doesn't share the upbeat feel of the rest of the tracks.
 
Dominique and Clinton Cerejo, along with Loy, take to vocals on sooraj ki baahon mein. Though the track works with its feel-good sound, it offers up nothing new to really draw in the listener. While the melody is suitably peppy and the harmonised vocal work is upbeat too, the track stays fairly formulaic and doesn't quite make a mark.
 
The album wraps up with toh zinda ho tum, a spoken word track, a poem, delivered by Farhan Akhtar. While Javed Akhtar's poetry is beautiful, one suspects the track won't find many takers, simply for the genre it deals with.
 
Shankar Ehsaan Loy's soundtrack to Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara brings together a collection of some great, some good, and quite a few average sounds. Tracks like ik junoon (paint it red) and senorita will make their mark on the airwaves, while the likes of khaabon ke parinday deserve to. While it has its moments, it has to be admitted that Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is quite an ordinary work from Shankar Ehsaan Loy, and that's quite surprising, since it is with the Akhtars that this trio has delivered some of their best...

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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara TRIVIA

The actors shot for the entire week with only one day off. That day, Zoya Akhtar and her production team would plan for the next week’s shoot while the actors would sleep the day owing to the laid back attitude the local people would have on a holiday.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara USER REVIEWS

great film
jaspreet singh, Aug 28, 2011
4 / 5
hey! just saw this film yest. really a cool film after a very long time and hrithik is awesome looking
great film
Sameer Naik, Aug 13, 2011
4 / 5
if u have not seen it yet go and see it before it is out of theatre. very good film similar to dil chahta hai and different too

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