Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

wogma rating: Owner's Pride! (?)

quick review:

Life is one long vacation, if you can dare yourself to think of it that way. We are a generation that can afford to live life moment-by-moment. So, why aren't we. Go watch the film, before all the people who've loved it get you so excited about it that you are left disappointed.

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Director: Zoya Akhtar
Running time: 150 minutes
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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara - Preview

It's raining "guy" films, Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Delhi Belly, and now Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Given the track record of the earlier two and the promos of the latest addition, there is a lot to look forward to.


Cinematography that promise to justice to the exotic locations. Crazy adventure sports. One long bachelor party. What's there not to like. Also, this promises to be much cleaner than the other two films on this list of bachelor fun.

But wait, there is something and some more for the girls too. A chiseled Greek god statue disguised as Hrithik Roshan, a good actor in Abhay Deol who has picked some of the most interesting scripts and just cho-chweet-how-can-you-not-like-him Farhan Akhtar.

It is also interesting that the promo has already set up the characters and their situation. There seems to be no conflict to pull us to the theaters, only the fun and "cool" factors. The dialogues, however, are pretty disappointing already - both in terms of the actual lines and the off-timing in their delivery. Hopefully, it is just a case of bad promo editing and they will work just fine in the film.

I have faith in both the writers, Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar. Same cannot be said though about Farhan Akhtar's dialogue writing, though. My fingers are crossed that if the dialogue is as lame as it looks, hopefully, it won't take away too much from the story.

Similarly, the choice of the lead ladies could also go either way. I somehow wouldn't have imagined either Katrina Kaif or Kalki Koechlin in a film by Zoya Akhtar. Nice to see a break from preconceived notions and the underlying stereotypes.

Meanwhile, from what I hear and read, the music is what one would expect from Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. Here's more -
milliblog - " Nuanced, mature and engaging soundtrack from the trio!"

music aloud - "7.25/10"

Bollyspice - "4/5"

Bollywood Hungama - "3.5/5"

HappySing - "ZNMD is something to celebrate"

Planet Radiocity - "3.5/5"

- meeta, a part of the audience

I loved Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. I don't know if it will last long enough to become classic or cult (never understood those terms). But, I enjoyed every single moment that I spent in that theater. Yes, even though it was a full two-and-a-half-hour-long film. Three friends are off to Spain to close on a deal they made with each other years ago - each will choose an adventure that the three of them have to experience together. The characters are alive, the cast is lively, the writer is thoughtful and the movie is clean, soft, perceptive entertainment.

There is nothing profound about Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara; neither does it bring any insight that you and I don't already have from our own relationships. But, it connects from the word go. Maybe, I connected with it instantly because some of the things are too close to home.

I've spent a lovely week-long, road-trip in Spain. I've walked through the little towns on their narrow, stone-bricked lanes. I've lived in the quaint hotels with their lovely lobbies. And the cinematographer brings all of this alive. Spain, what a beauty you are!

Add to this nostalgic mood, a piece of adventure that the three friends are experiencing. Deep sea diving, my latest addition to the "I love" list. And sky-diving which I've wanted to do (with my mom, no less!) for the last 15 years. The third adventure, uh...well...that one I think I'll play the woman card and leave it at, "I'm happy to enjoy it vicariously through Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar and Hrithik Roshan."

Also fast getting on the list of "I love" are these three men! And goodness, even Katrina Kaif. Abhay Deol is instantly endearing as the sorted-out, problem-free, likeable guy who runs a little above average on emotion for a man. Farhan Akhtar's Imran is aptly described as an a$$hole. He plays the perfect shallow-outside-deep-inside, observant poet who doubles up as the comic relief. If I had to pick a weak-link it'd be Hrithik Roshan, but I'd be nit-picking about how his acting falls flat in the second half. He, after all, did get me annoyed with his "oblivious to my arrogance" attitude.

Usually, introductions bore me; they are too in the face. And climaxes, disappoint me. The better the build-up towards it, the worse the fall in the end. Very few films manage the climax that is Goldilock's "just right". Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara's set-up is so subtle, that you don't even realize that's what it is till the opening credits begin. And the climax is yep, "just right"! A minute more after that would have been too much.

Yeah-yeah-yeah, there I do have my mandatory reviewer's disclaimer "There are couple of flawed moments." But you know what, they pass by quickly, and the fun/sweet moments are many more.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara like zindagi itself, is about mistakes. It's about closure and the importance of closures. Because only then can we move on. Only then, can we have that new beginnings, we so deserve.

"Life is a once-only gift. Live it to the fullest." The cliché was alien to our parents. And is becoming the mantra of our responsibility-free generation. And why not? New money is becoming easier to get and even easier to spend. Savings is a dated concept. Because who knows? You might live long enough to enjoy retirement. Reminder: We live in a world of tsunamis and bomb blasts. So, there is merit to "live the moment"

So, when are you planning your next vacation? Fine, fine, take your time. Meanwhile, book your tickets before the praise that I've just showered upon the film raises your expectations so high, that they will only fall.

- meeta, a part of the audience

49 reviewers(?) - 34 yays 10 so-so 5 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, by Anna Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...None of our leading men look just 30. That unnecessary detail notwithstanding, the three heroes are a delight to watch.... full review

Thumbs up, by Naresh Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...one of its kind... full review

Thumbs up, Best Of Bollywood : ...One feels that there could have been more interesting lines and dialogues in the film in addition to everyday lingo used. The first half is a little slower than the second half... full review

Thumbs up, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Its not a film but a OSHO-nik kind of life teaching experience which needs to be watched by all as a must to learn the essential basics of LIVING. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Amrita Tanna, Bolly Spice : ...Although the movie isn’t a fresh and entirely original concept, it very much leaves you wanting to let go of your inhibitions, throw away your doubts, and face your fears but, most of all, it makes you want to LIVE… because you only live once.... full review

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...Zoya chooses an attention-grabbing story and garnishes it well with moments that may seem straight out of a person's memoirs.... full review

Thumbs up, Bollywood Mantra : ...The film has many touchy sequences but what touched my heart when the three boys are sitting together on their last day, drinking and singing ... full review

Thumbs up, by Charu A Mahesh, Buzz in Town : ...You'd want to watch it dobara!... full review

Thumbs up, Daily Bhaskar : ...The first part is little low on drama, as most of the time the stars are seen checking in and out of the hotels. Barring that, the movie is a very good watch.... full review

Thumbs up, by Payal Khanna, Desi Martini : ...Life is all about Moments... full review

Thumbs up, by Yusuf, Desi Martini : ...Live your life..Today... full review

Thumbs up, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...An enjoyable vacation... full review

Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Hrithik, and Katrina Kaif in a smallish role, are as breathtaking as the exotic location they’re placed in... full review

Thumbs up, by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com : ...Abhay Deol delivers a fine performance. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...Hrithik Roshan looked cool and smart in the film. Though his role did remind of Farhan’s character from Rock On.... full review

Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times : ...It's been exactly ten years since fall, 2001, when Farhan's Dil Chahta Hai, a game-changer for Hindi films, brought to us the rich, carefree, well-kept metro-sexual man of the urban Indian multiplex. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...There are several scenes in 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' that make you want to pack your bags and gather your pals. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...Yes, yes, cliches all, but shot with such sisterly care that the boys flourish in the female gaze. ... full review

Thumbs up, Mixed Bag : ...Katrina Kaif as Laila, the diving instructor, has shown signs of improvement in acting. The chemistry between Katrina and Hrithik is unappealing and average... full review

Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...There is something about Abhay Deol, that allows him to slip beautifully into his sometimes wimpy, sometimes hilarious Kabir easily. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...The understated, youthful ambience of the film allows the actors to be their own selves and they all do it without a hitch. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ...akes male bonding to another level ... full review

Thumbs up, by Ankit Ojha, Planet Bollywood : ...The movie has been brilliantly shot, thanks to the team of cameramen heralded by Carlos Catalan’s stunning cinematography... full review

Thumbs up, by Bhavvik Sangghvi, Planet Bollywood : ...Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy may not be of super hit variety; but the songs and the lyrics (Javed Akhtar) has a certain flavor which make them sound good to the ears. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Shaikh Ayaz, Rediff : ...the conversations come along easily; they act as fill-in-the-blanks, even as an instrument of smokescreens at junctures where the story appears weak. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Khalid Mohamed, Review and views uncensored : ...Zoya Akhtar’s trump card is in the creation of a zingy ambience.... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The underwater diving scene is shot in a slow, meditative style, almost as if there was nothing more to say in the film but this.... full review

Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...Lyrics penned by Zaved Akhtar( father of director Zoya and actor Farhan) are illustrious.... full review

Thumbs up, by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice : ...The video of Senorita is celebratory. ... full review

Thumbs up, by K K Rai, STARDUST : ...A good flick.... full review

Thumbs up, by Nirmala N, The Cine Segye : ...Stars are the ‘stars ‘of the movie.... full review

Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazi, Times of India : ...Added embellishments are the pacy dialogues (Farhan Akhtar), the magnificent poetry (Javed Akhtar) and the rich cinematography (Carlos Catalan) which transforms Spain into vistas of colour. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India : ...The music is hummable but the choreography usually finds Abay Deol playing the part of 'Senorita'. ... full review

Thumbs up, by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM : ...Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol share a wonderful vibe and are quite likeable on silver screen while Katrina Kaif floors you with her vivacity and Kalki Koechlin looks nice.... full review

So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...But that whole poetry recitation was a huge turnoff. It was so not these people. Am I saying that dudes don’t have a thing for Hindi poetry? Not at all. But with these dudes, I couldn’t buy this conceit. I just couldn’t.... full review

So-So, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Engaging Yet Distant... full review

So-So, by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini : ...ZNMD is TLC meets Robin Sharma against the biutiful backdrop of Spain. It was designed to make you feel good and it achieves that.... full review

So-So, by Blessy Chettiar, DNA : ...good performances, music, Spain and of course, Farhan Akhtar in his element. ... full review

So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...While their individual performances cannot be criticised, the chemistry amongst them is conspicuous by its absence.... full review

So-So, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Watch it for the performaces and the visual appeal.... full review

So-So, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...There are no real conflicts or predicaments; they suffer from designer angst beneath impeccably groomed exteriors.... full review

So-So, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...Hrithik, as usual, does a sincere job as a guy who goes through a painful transformation from being stiff workaholic to being openly emotional. ... full review

So-So, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...Farhan Akhtar deserves a special mention for his brilliant acting.... full review

So-So, by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster : ...ZNMD lacks the “naturalness” of the characters, especially Hrithik. I personally felt he’s too filmy to be in this kind of movie... full review

Thumbs down, by Nandita Dutta, DearCinema : ...ZNMD is a bit too dated to excite and too humdrum to engage.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...The stars all act well—even Katrina Kaif. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...Abhay Deol and Hrithik Roshan get the raw end of the writers' stick—neither Kabir nor Arjun have any exceptional qualities to endear them to us. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...ZNMD is a well-shot road trip, which strings together a series of pretty picture card snapshots, whose characters do not spark or crackle except in stray moments. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...The boys are men pretending to be boys pretending to be men. The result is a group of actors being embarrassingly juvenile while trying to deal with just how badly miscast they all are. ... full review

107 tweeters(?) - 95 yays 4 so-so 8 nays

_tarkeebein: Don't call me crazy. I much prefer the term "mantally hilarious byoy" :P #znmd

ZebaHasan: ZNMD was the first good Bollywood movie I've seen in ages

webulagam: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara remains true to its narrative and is as much unadulterated http://who-here.blogspot.com/2011/07/zindagi-na-milegi-dobara-bollywood-film.html #reviews #bollywood

warmsuddensweet: yesterday i watched zindagi na milegi dobara it's a very nice movie

varidhi23: wants to watch #znmd again...

vaman2727: Live life Full On like,,,,,, 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' :) very gud Film Dude.

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thetossedsalad: #onTTS "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Watch it for the Akhtar Duo" says @namansaraiya http://bit.ly/pstcLO

teekhichutney: I the loved the ZNMD! Simple structure, distinctive characters, great moments, good humour, clean, fun and nice lines. The location helped!

TarunGarg89: Last weeknd ws rocking.. with 2movies.. ZNMD & HarryPotter... latter one was tooo gud, it reminded me of 9th std wen i saw the 1st part...

tarandeepss: #ZNMD rocks!

tanqeed: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is an excellent movie and is one of the best movies of the year. http://www.tanqeed.com/movies/review.cfm?ireviewid=17

sumalya_dg: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Rocked!!!

SukritMukherjee: #ZNMD is a kind of movie which is pretty rare in Bollywood..its classy, sensible,makes u think & most importantly it makes u feel good

Subhojit62: ZNMD - what a great movie. Wish I am able to implement the message in real life.

smartash81: Juss saw #ZNMD .... I refused to get up from the seat ... Juss speechless.. If I cld rate I wld give it 10/5 stars ... http://tmi.me/dao61

singhtosh: ZNMD !!!!! Super cool.

shubh_utters: Watched #Znmd — A very vivacious and high-spirited movie. Striking performance by @FarOutAkhtar. Loved #KatrinaKaif.

Shoebthehbk: ZNMD awesome movie must watch

Shashanksye: zindagi na milegi dobara is an excellent film, just loved the movie & performances of all actors, technically its awsome Hrithik Rocked.....

shasank911: Reflecting again on d trip tht znmd is! Smthng tht evrybdy wud like 2 embark on! Craving 4 a 2nd viewing!

sharusheth: #znmd a movie by men of men & for men. With 2 dumb obliging women. But fun to see what men want. And how they love not growing up ever.

shahrajul_16: #znmd is funny... cool and inspiring.... must watch...

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sambhavmohla: ZNMD..MUSHI MUSHI...a nice light movie nd España a beautiful place to be ;)

rumeh: Refreshing and inspiring movie #ZNMD I can watch it again and again.. loved it!

Ramkamal: To be honest, I thought that ZNMD will fail to connect, coz its not Indian. But the film took to by surprise with its content. Its so human.

rajkparekh: saw 2 movies over the weekend...both great. HP7 was awesome and ZNMD was enjoyable.

RahulGabani: hello frnds, every one must go for ZNMD

qammander: if u havent seen znmd so far,ur missing something in life!

PriyankaShahidd: i saw ZNMD yesterday, its was such a fun and inspiring movie !

PrachiVS: What's up @rahulakaraw? We watched ZNMD last night. A must watch flick I say.

PhilipsJacob: zindagi na milegi dobara- defeat false fears, insecurities.....say sorry from the heart , live the moment....share the moment

parikshitsg: #znmd Fantabulous, the best Hindi movie I have ever seen probably can never take it off my mind

pandey_ravish: ZNMD........awsssm flick to watch............

pallabichattrji: Watchd znmd.....awsum movie.....jst luvd hrithk.....

nouniqueness: #znmd the "bwoys" were an absolute delight to watch. droool, yum

namratakothari: Really enjoyed zindagi na milegi dobara... a tad long but every bit was fun! and finally a role that katrina kaif was completely natural in.

myself_bony: Watched ZNMD. Liked it very much...!

myselfdeeps: ZNMD is a good movie to watch............

madhuriroy: ZNMD rocks..

LovelyTrinipa: Loved ZNMD...........!

lonestarprathik: Had a gr8 day yest..!!:):)wit my old pals chethan n rajat n of course ZNMD was awwesommmmeeeeee!!!:);)

Legendarymanoj: #znmd z a movie purely made with adequate amount of perfection by the perfectionists to make everyone perfect in life on a positive note..

kritikaushal116: #znmd is brilliant! one of those very few 'happy films' after which one feels like changing whats wrong with ones life!

kaveerr: soo many things from #ZNMD stayed back wit me.Poems from Farhan, Sky Diving, Men will be men,Break necessary,N shah tiny peek,Maantal Bowyaz

karwaanshul: #ZNMD n harry potter 7 both are awesomee movieeeeessss........ Must watch.... :D

KalraAmarjeet: .....Saw Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Yesterday....woooooh Breathtaking.....A total JOYRIDE....

JUHISIN: znmd rocks......

jiteshpillaai: Zoya akhtar is the real hero of the fortnight. U go girl. All those bwoys are mantal. Respect and abso love for ZNMD.What crackling dialogue

jayesh_brijlani: Yesterday Watched ZNMD its an complete pack for youth so all guyz must watch it

iyershanx: ZNMD is refreshing

iYatinGupta: #ZNMD what a movie, totally rocking ! \m/

ithrie_itriyani: #znmd RT @Lovejayyy @iHrithik @iHrithik mushi mushi hrithik sir..two days n I have already seen it thrice, it's (cont) http://www.twitlonger.com/show/bq457e

IshaanShariff: Just watched ZNMD..a beautiful watch..how I wish I could have watched it with my 3 best school friends who couldn't make it unfortunately :(

iSandy99: Watched Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara...loved it.. worth watchin...

isagarghodke: #Znmd beginz!! 2nd time today. @iHrithik @FarOutAkhtar Seeing u again ma bwoyz!!

ImSidLokhande: The MANTAL BWOYZ have given us a hit nuthings better this time in a film industry wer der are a number of Flops cuming every Friday. #znmd

iampankil: zindagi na milegi dobara rocked.............luved the movie

hrithugal: Watched @znmdthemovie for the second time :-D My respect 4 Zoya Akhtar n ZNMD has grown even greater..h​ats (cont) http://www.twitlonger.com/show/bq5uho

hirendream: Good Just seen yesterday..it was nice specially the spain....#znmd

Haider9rizwanha: watched ZNMD yesterday.gud movie frnds must watch...Hrithik is bak ..Abhay waz gud as usaul bt da best part of da movie waz farhan akhtar.

gr8ashu: ZNMD : achhi hai( bit long) !

GChopra91: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.. its quite gud to watch out for with very nice Cast, but not upto the expectations and reviews that it got. #znmd

gautamgowdahv: #ZNMD is wonderful movie.:-).. Must watch movie.:-).. Al characters are fantastic.:-)...

gargi_k: #ZNMD A very 'feel good' movie and a must watch!! Loved it! Great job :)

enayatgalsulkar: My Choice of Top Movies so far this year have been - Murder 2, Delhi Belly, ZNMD :)

dIMETdOT: Just watched #ZNMD great job by Abhay Deol @iHrithik and esp @FarOutAkhtar you are hilarious brother

DidhitiDesai: watched znmd.. superlike.. too good.. must watch... love u hrithik n farhan...

dhruv23jan: ZNMD I tot wat the fuck title but nw understood it..... Good work

DamnItsDee_: Zindagi na milegi dobara <3 #Awesomeness

daf3k: #ZNMD was good.. of course #Farhan sucked as usual :/

cuteshraddha: awesome "akhtar trio' in 'zindagi na milegi dobara' Farhan Akhtar

Chatur_o_O: Zoya akthar.Respect. #znmd

chandani_karnik: Watched ZNMD. Story is slow, but the actors manage to pull it off. All in all, worth a watch!

bogeyno2: Still have #znmd on the mind! http://bogeyno2.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/film-review-zindagi-na-milegi-dobara/

BipsFever: Aftr watchin.."Zindagi na milegi dobara" I realizd Live life to da fullst..!!

bikashupadhyaya: #ZNMD is a grt movie. Seen such a good Hindi movie after months

BhavnoorSB: saw ZNMD, fab movie ... could have been titled dil chahta hai - 2, its that good ... def must watch ... loved it completely :))

barneystinson78: Lund pe chadh...saw znmd..was a good movie..not that great...hp2 ending was pretty heartbreaking :(

BadmashFarooq: Anoder show, fetching the satisfying feeling. :D . . . N dis shall remain d same. . . Ever. I'm so Mantal ;) #ZNMD

AvanikaYB: #znmd total eye candy movie. LOVE. More than #HP too! :o

arindam90: Watched Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara..awesome movie. The message is really good. And the adventure sports too..got motivated..!!

aridev009: Agr bank me 1000 cr ho to fir entrtainmnt ke liye biwi ki kya zaroorat? #ZNMD se ye shiksha milti he. Good movie without a story

anshulsethi21: ZNMD: After a long time, saw same movie twice in a day ;) #znmd

aneeshb: Saw #ZNMD yesterday. Very well shot movie. Good one time watch! Reminded me of this http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=14386680&l=47a8e1b88a&id=669400444

ameenpal: ZNMD ROCKS!! STURCTS ON MA MIND WAT TO DO GOD HELP MEEE!!

akshayashtekar: zindagi na milegi dobara just refreshes u and very very inspiring...awesome movie to watch..

aditwadhwa: ZNMD ..! Awesome movie..!

AditiKulkarni: #ZNMD is a 8/10 movie & Farhan Aktar is a 11/10 actor in the movie. Awesome for one time watch. Javed Akhtar's poetry is super awesome!

AC_31: One thing which my wife liked about #znmd was #BAGWATI one thing i liked about it was #laila

abhijeetkhan: #znmd is not a holiday movie.. it's life in all its forms!

09986942963: watch movie zindagi na milegi dobara.beautiful presentation and performance

vinodkumar209: ZNMD is a fun bachelor adventure trip marinated with stories of finding, losing and forgetting love.

mahekchandak: "Farhan Akhtar" is the Mantal but Charaming Bwoy...Loved him in ZNMD With the Lowwe, Moshi Moshi Girl :P

koustubhkulkarn: ZNMD is ok movie... But please dnt compare it with DCH.. DCH is far better than this...

d4rKn1ght: Well saw HP7.2 and ZNMD both! ok types, HP7.2 ended well, just that had expected Volde to die painfully par na. ZNMD 1 time watch too

yadav_rt: Just watched znmd... boring film..

varun_k02: ZNMD....highly overrated!

tejasbaldev: Indian standards of comedy has stooped so low that people actually found #znmd funny @JayHind

palamitwipro: Extremely dissapointed with "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara"...

NitishaD: post ZNMD mantalness!! - wishing people Mushi Mushi... Obsessed with Bagvati... Farhan and Abhay definitely stole the show!!

Nidhik20: Are ppl sufferin frm Viral aftr watchin ZNMD?I know equal no of ppl who r down wid viral n ppl who lykd ZNMD n recommndin others to watch it

KaranShah_84: da only thngs i lik about ZNMD are.. Locations n farhan

HindiFilmy: znmd was more of Talk, travel show or rather film about Spain tourism #znmd_review

23 readers - 18 yays 3 so-so 2 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anand Mandalika

Yay! Thumbs Up, by deepu

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Durgesh Adil : go fr it coz zindagi milegi na dobaara

Yay! Thumbs Up, by faizan

Yay! Thumbs Up, by guddu : hmm

Yay! Thumbs Up, by JJ : Excellent and consistent characterisations. This is a true 'Coming of age' film

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Kalyan

Yay! Thumbs Up, by keyur sule : best movie.....loved it ...

Yay! Thumbs Up, by ligne : worth a dekho in the theater but do not sit in the first three rows :)

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Neetish

Yay! Thumbs Up, by nirmal : pretty darn good. watch it without expectations n u'll love it. ah that's an expectation ain't it?

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Nivii

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Parikshit : The movie is immensely watchable for the way it captures the moments that make life live!

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Shantanu : http://bit.ly/qDpzp8

Yay! Thumbs Up, by someone_talked_of10

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Suman

Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Enjoyable Intelligent "Adult" <i>masala</i> - Well-Written, Acted and Directed

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Wild : 100

So-So, by Harpreet Singh : Adventure sports on the big screen.

So-So, by kapil : I feel that there was no chemistry between the characters.

So-So, by Vishal

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Aditya

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Kishore : Meetu Dont mind ... but u are most biased movie critic I have seen ... the most biased .. even more

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Plot Summary

A road trip. Three friends are off to Spain to close on a deal that they had promised themselves when they were in school - each will choose an adventure that the other two have to go along with.

What Worked

  • The excitement in the air before the show began. I love my 'first day first show' crowd.
  • The innocence with which Kabir (Abhay Deol) admires his friend Imran's (Farhan Akhtar) humor.
  • Hrithik Roshan's eyes, expression and body language in a scene outside a gym, where he meets his ex.
  • The thick, cold air between Hrithik Roshan and Farhan Akhtar and the chemistry that creates it.
  • Bagwanti! Such a participant she was. She told me how it was too much money for Imran, too little for Kabir (Abhay Deol) and whatever for Arjun (Hrithik Roshan).
  • Katrina Kaif's attempt at improving her diction.
  • Poetries in the background. Brilliant. When was the last time we had poetry read out by a character?
  • The fact that the movie is beyond male-bonding.
  • Hrithik Roshan doing the SRK-arms-spread action in a dance to the word mohabbatein.
  • The senorita song.
  • The drunken philosophies.
  • The cameos by the veterans. Won't give away their names. Such a fine example of how good actors can leave their mark in just 2-minutes of screen-time.
  • The hurt that "two people want different things" brings. Even if it is between a father and son.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Katrina Kaif pep speech. Blah! But was short, so that's good.
  • The standard silhouette shot of the four sky-divers going towards an airplane. But then again, the background music for that sequence had me in splits.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None. Unless you count throwing tomatoes at each other violent. Or rodeos.
  • Language: Squeaky clean.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of scenes that suggest sex has been had. ;)
  • Concept: Friendship, relationships, life.
  • General Look and Feel: Bright, lively and fun

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Comments (23)

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B H Harsh, I guess I think of our film fraternity in terms of families or sub-fraternities, and both Katrina and Kalki seem like they are from different ones.

@Apoorv i was referring to the dialogue that are in the promos. They seemed pretty blah in the promo, but in the film it all works :D So all good!

And Mohit, Vishal and Harsh, wherever you guys are! This notepad is dedicated to you! I don't know you all, but if you guys didnt read it regularly, I wouldn't have written it. And while writing it wouldn't have realised how much I enjoy writing it and what purpose it serves. :D

Timely review, thanks for watching this one first day, first show, first row

Your review says that your'e extremely pleased and it's really a commendable effort. Long time i am hearing such a glorifying review. I knew that it would be a worth watching but i was reluctant because of the assemble cast which include some of the people i hate. But now i think your review has raised my zeal to check it out for sure.

Neetish not first row, i just cannot do that. :D

guddu, yeah it was a good 2.5 hours

@lost in confusion no-no, not at all like hangover (i hated it, if that helps you arrive at a conclusion)

@shashank thank you! ;)

I knew this one would get a good rating from you because
- You did not give great ratings to Shor in the City, Shaitan and Delhi Belly

Here is my take on it:
The movie is an excellent setup for Spain Tourism promotion
If you love to see guys, this movie is again, brilliant!
Katrina Kaif looks better than in most movies and I am not a fan of Kalki K.

The Cinematography is the only thing that stood out. Brilliant. But full stop at that.

I could not remember the tunes when I walked out of the theater - contrary to many other recent movies. The story was very simple, nothing in it, quite shallow and painfully slow.

Acting - Abhay Deol and Farhan were genuine. Hrithik has started believing in his great body and that is all he showed in the movie, nothing as an actor, really.

The film started off setting great expectations when they said they were going on a Bachelor's Trip... but there was nothing really in it.

It was a Travel & Living Channel Show, with a few comments on Moral Education.

I think, it is a Must watch on the big screen only for the cinematography. And if you have loved some of the recent movies - Shor in the City, Yeh Saali Zindagi, Shaitan, Delhi Belly... you will find this movie quite painful.

@Aditya I don't see what one film has to do with another. They are all entirely independent of each other (and please note, that I liked Delhi Belly, and I didn't hate the others you have mentioned. On the same note, it's very interesting that you haven't brought up the other films I have liked and didn't like. I'm sure with the range of films that I have liked you will find some that you liked to...Gulaal? Manorama six feet under? Tere bin laden? Udaan? Stanley ka dabba?

Also, you agree that cinematography is brilliant. But somehow, it still should have made an effort to make Spain look less beautiful?

@Vishal What is "to each his own" technically?

@Harpreet thanks for your review! :D

@Anand @Parkisht exactly!!

Meetu,

I did not say that you did not rate the other movies well... but I would rather watch some of the other movies on Big Screen than this.

Spain is beautiful, but there is nothing the producers did to make it look beautiful, nor the actors did something.

The point I am trying to make is that as a movie, there really isn't anything in it
- Acting is mediocre
- Music is mediocre
and - Story is very mediocre as well

And I would agree with one of the comments, this movie is not the case of "To each his own".

Here are my ratings:
Direction: 4
Story: 2
Lead Actors: 2
Character Artists: 2

Dialogues: 2
Screenplay: 4
Music Director: 3
Lyrics: 3

And so, the sum and the averages are low~

Zindagi na milegi dobara is a nice entertaining movie i enjoyed a lot watch this movie in this site:http://www.watch-hindi-movies.com/

@Durgesh i don't think @lost-in-confusion has seen ZNMd. He was asking me, not telling me.

@someone_talked_of10 yay! we agree!!

@Kishore what? come again please. i lost you at "Hrithik Abhay and Farhan all are oxymoronic"

@keyur yep! exaactly!!

@mohit thanks to you for the encouragement. you missed that step? koi nahi...go again!! :P

@aditya oh no-no...are you saying the cinematography and other production values have nothing to do with how beautiful Spain came across? And if it is a job well done, how does it matter which country it promotes?

I am really curious why "this movie is not the case of "To each his own"? why?

@jj i've noticed that each one of us, who has liked the film, has taken something different away from the film. that is such an awesome thing the film has achieved.

@Nirmal yeah long time! glad we agree. I like your point about chemistry. But for me, the cold air between Imran and Arjun was chemistry too.

@lost in confusion lol! your sermons, your tareef and your gaalis (not literally, but disagreement and disappointment) are all welcome here :D

" Hrithik Roshan doing the SRK-arms-spread action in a dance to the word mohabbatein. "which song was that? senorita? didnt notice it :(

The movie was good.. because I didn't hear too much about it before I saw it.. the dialogues were funny even when i heard them the second time..after having seen it in trailer..

the bits about their actual adventures was not as enthralling as I would have like..for instance the underwater part, Actual that scene was better shot in Kites..Wish they had taken more pains in it..

Anyway, its been a long time since i went to a movie for which it was hard to get tickets :) good fun

@ligne yeah, the SRK-arm-spread was in the Senorita song.
I loved the underwater bit here. It might have to do with what it meant to the characters. Not only the way it was explained later, but what they felt while they were under water.

@lost_in_confusion if only, i didn't know that my kids and a few nephews and nieces weren't reading what's written here :D

@kapil wow! from your first comment I thought you hated the movie, and in your second one it looks like you enjoyed bits and pieces reasonably well. oh well, to each his own in different moods and modes too!

By far one of the best films of the year. It was so real in many ways. Probably, the financial divide was dragged a bit too much. Music was understated and performances crisp, except Hritik.

@Wild ha ha ha ha ha ha....out of this world, hilarious!

@Nivii wow! your review has brought me a smile. :D

Simply brilliant! Zoya Akhtar kills ii with this one!

@Meetu - We American Bollywood Fans liked this one a lot, too. The cinematography of Spain was gorgeous, the acting was uniformly excellent (no problem here w/Hrithik Roshan's performance), the story was mainly an intelligent one (if a bit too convenient - did <b><i>every</b></i> "secret desire" have to have one guy who was phobic, and had to overcome his fear?), the fianc=C3=A9e Natasha was a bit of a caricature though she improved as the story went on, Ms. Kaif's Jock version of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl was surprisingly likeable if (again) a bit too convenient (so she keeps popping up just so Roshan's Arjun can fall in love with her?).

But those are just quibbles - it was a great way to spend a Sunday evening, and looked smashing in DVD on a 42" HDTV set....

@TimELiebe this is one of those films that has universal appeal. I love watching this one with my kids and they don't mind repeat watches either. Yes, despite the quibbles and makes for near 100% engagement and enjoyment.

Suman

Direction: 4
Story: 3
Lead Actors: 4
Character Artists: 4.5

Dialogues: 4.5
Screenplay: 4.5
Music Director: 3.5
Lyrics: 3.5

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