Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Ten years ago a young man gave the Hindi film industry a breath of fresh air with his ‘cult’ film Dil Chahta Hai. It was, in all senses a coming of the age movie. That young man now acts in a movie directed by his sister. The movie bears uncanny resemblance to the movie made by the man himself

 

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar (in the same order as they appear in screen credits), the movie has a lot going for it. The star cast is a major plus and the biggest positive for the movie is the location that it has been shot in- Spain

 

What starts off as a fun trip changes into one where the protagonists confront their fears and in the process we peel the layers of their personalities. Though at some places the movie seems dragged, it does the job of taking you along with the proceedings. The only complaint, if there has to be one, is the fact that the comic track that involves the boys scaring others seems a little forced. All the three actors appear in most of the scenes together which means that all three of them share equal screen time

 

The sport that each chooses and how each one of them let’s go of their fears and insecurities after the sport is the pattern of the movie. Interspersed with the comic scenes are those of introspection, mostly with Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akthar

 

It must have been a pleasure ride for Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol considering the intense roles that they have portrayed in the past. So it is Farhan Akthar that steals a march over the co-stars because of his humorous role in the movie. Female protagonists have a lot less to do in the movie. Kalki has to just act(?) possessive all the time and Katrina facades with that ‘in love with life’ expression all the time

 

Excel Entertainment has always showcased their protagonists to be rich and this film is no different. The boys take off on a bachelor trip to Spain. It serves a lot of purposes. They showcase Spain to India and it’s various rituals. We get to know of places like Bunol, Seville and Pamplona which are not famous in India

 

Farhan Akthar mouths some of the best lines in the movie ( written by himself) and a few couplets( written by his father, Javed Akthar). So he ends up making the best impression of all the protagonists

 

If we have to find faults with Zoya Akthar, then it has to be the length of roles given to Deepti Naval and Naseeruddin Shah

 

All in all, a movie that can be best enjoyed with a tub of popcorn and an unlimited supply of Cola

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