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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.Read more
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
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, 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 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 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 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 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 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
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
_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.
urstrulyAshok: Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara (ZNMD) - a beauTiful joUrney...
UmmarZargar: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara... Rocks... Ausome Movie...
UmaDeviIvaturi: Zindagi na milegi dobara - Left a lasting Impression
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.
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...
searchthebest: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Movie Review: Watch ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA to fall in love with zindagi (life) all over again!...
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/
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
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
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
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
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.