MOVIE REVIEW: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (3/5) – NO SPOILERS

The title of the movie keeps reminding me of the phrase (and the tune) from the title song of Rock On which quite non-co-incidentally was directed by Farhan Akhar. No wonder then that ZNMD, twin sister Zoya Akhtar’s second initiative (the first one being after Luck By Chance) has strong influences of the man himself. One of the “the musketeers” in the movie, Farhan as an actor complements the other two – Hrithik and Abhay very well. In fact, if impact of performances are anything to go by, it would be fair to say that Abhay Deol is dwarfed by Hrithik’s enigmatic screen presence and Farhan’s captivating dialogue delivery.


The movie has a central theme which is communicated through each of the threads in the movie – “You have just one life, Live it to the fullest!” Another message which is powerfully delivered is that there is no wrong time to make the right decision. Although in a slightly subtle manner compared to the former.

The plot flows wonderfully well and is clearly intended at the chic, urban audience – I can’t imagine any other segment in India appreciating the concept of “bachelor trips”. On a more technical note, there are two things that stand out about the movie:

1. DIALOGUES – Subtle, spontaneous and humourous. Truly, the stuff that movies like Dil Chahta Hai and Rock On are made of. And there are few people who can do it better than Farhan Akhtar.

2. CINEMATOGRAPHY – Its easy to delight an audience if the movie is shot in the best locations in Europe. Particularly, there is a sky diving shot in the movie – If you are the sort who takes frequent loo breaks between movies that tend to grad, make sure you don’t take one when this it is about to approach.

Like countless (perhaps most) other Bollywood movies, actresses are relegated to the back seat. ZNMD is no different. Katrina Kaif and Kalki are purely there for eye-candy value in the movie. Though a point to note is that Kalki Koechlin (who recently turned Kalki Koechlin Kashyap!) is seen appearing in a vanilla ‘commercial’ cinema for the first time.

The music i felt, is good only in parts. Although Senorita is a haunting melody kept playing at the back of my mind as I was on my way back after watching the movie. Having said that, the rest of it is pretty average. One would expect better from Shankar Ehsaan and Loy.

Overall Rating: 3/5

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6 thoughts on “MOVIE REVIEW: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (3/5) – NO SPOILERS

  1. IMO the movie has been over rated all over. This review does some justice to what I felt. The movie was based on the same old “do what the heart says” theme, but was communicated in a more subtle way than others have. But in the end, it seemed like a number of pretty/ handsome people (and how handsome! 😀 ) that is what stuck more than the movie, not something like RDB which did strike a chord somewhere!
    Also with the cinematography- one thing i noticed which i felt was unusual was scenes being shot on foot. For example the scene where they get out of the car after Farhan threw the phone out of the car. Whe Hrithik stops the car and is walking back, the camera following him is on foot, and not on the trolley as is usually the case. That was apparently on purpose, to make it seem more realistic. Well done, ZNMD! 🙂
    I agree to the 3/5 🙂

  2. Well, good review Amyth :P. But one thing that I liked about the movie in particular that it’s a movie that isn’t confused. It knows it’s audience, it’s plot and what it wants to convey. The beauty of the movie lies in the very fact that it has not tried to expand itself beyond the boundries of the trip; something which most Indian movies try to.

  3. I’m hoping to watch this movie as soon as I figure out a way to get my California-license-हीन-self to the nearest Indian Cinema. I agree about the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy part. They ought to be doing better stuff than this!

  4. @Abhnav: Terrific observation about the scenes being shot on foot – Gusshow! 🙂

    @Anon: Thanks.. Please keep coming back!

    @ Rajneesh: Thanks bro! .. Yeah, you are right – the movie stuck to its audience and didn’t lose focus. Though I personally felt the extended poetic phases in the movie were a drag. Almost, superfluous.

    @ Aakar: You have spoken like a true music lover and a true admirer of SH-Eh-Loy!

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