When a movie is surrounded by a lot of speculations even before it releases, there are often two things that happen, either the movie exceeds your expectations or it falls flat. when these speculations include comparisons with a Hollywood movie, then the movie definitely comes under a scanner. So how exactly is Zoya Akhtar's 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' (ZNMD)? Is it like Hangover? Is it like 'Dil Chahta Hai'? Or is it a mixture of the two? Well, 'ZNMD' is like both of the above and nothing like the two at the same time.
Three best friends, Imraan (Farkhan Akhtar) the happy-go-lucky guy, Arjun (Hrithik Roshan) the serious money-making man (he is into stocks) and Kabir (Abhay Deol) the good-boy handling the family business are leading a successful, happy life (or so it seems) until they set out on a bachelor party (road trip) before Kabir's marriage (after all, marriage is the root cause of all the troubles, isn't it?). We decide so many reckless things with our best buddies when we are young. Some of us grow up (and become boring like Arjun) while, some of us still want to fulfill those dreams that we saw as teenagers. As children, these three friends decide to go on a road trip to Spain for their bachelor parties, where each one of them chooses one adventure sport of his choice and all of them have to do it. Kabir, our good-boy, is all set to get married to Natasha (Kalki Koechlin). Now, if there is going to be a marriage then there has to be a bachelor party as per their childhood pact. With a bit of hesitation, they finally embark on their road trip in an SUV (seriously? And that is more fun than an open jeep or an open Merc?). what starts-off as a bit of a serious journey, turns out to be crazy, fun and life-changing. In this crazy journey, they come across a wild, pretty girl- Laila (Katrina Kaif). Laila tells Arjun, "tumhari zindagi abhi badalnewali hai"... How does his life change? What happens on this road trip? Does it finally take place? What can be fun about three guys out for a bachelor party and that too when they are not even hung-over? We will slowly know this as the story unfolds.
The movie talks about love, friendship, life and betrayal. It is about trying to find the meaning in life; It is about learning to live life in the moment, to the fullest. The movie actually made me feel jealous of these three guys who are absolutely neck-deep in their work, at the peak of their careers and yet manage to take out time for their friends for a trip lasting almost two weeks. The goofiness of the three guys, especially, Farhan Akhtar, is superb and is definite to make you laugh. Three of them seem to be comfortable with each other and their chemistry is mind-blowing. After doing some serious roles in his previous movies, Farhan Akhtar shows a different side to him and this side is more fun to watch. All three of them look mature, unlike the three funny friends from DCH and suit their characters perfectly. The casting although is unusual, breathes freshness on-screen. Kalki also is completely different from her usual dark roles and it is refreshing to see her in an irritating, possessive girlfriend's role, while Katrina who again gets a role of this cheerful, full-of-life girl, is so much better than in 'Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani' (she actually acts for a change... not overacts, but acts!). Hrithik and Abhay Deol have already proved that they are really versatile actors and they have done a very good job in this one as well. Music in the movie, which was already a hit among the youth, is really good. Javed Akhtar's Shayari, which Farhan Akhtar often recites in the movie, is beautiful and deep.
So you always wanted to go to Spain? Experience their culture? Go deep sea diving or jump from the sky? This movie fulfills all your dreams. The cinematography is so beautiful that you feel like you are actually experiencing all those things. The moments which make our three guys let go of their fear, are also the moments when you feel your fear go away. Many messages are conveyed through ZNMD- some are more overt, while others are hidden between the lines. The movie is light, fun, the kind, to be enjoyed with friends and family alike (but of course it will be more fun to watch it with friends). There are a few Bollywood moments, some typical cliches but yet, it is a fresh way in which these cliches are presented. There is a lot of past, some history and some mystery to the characters and yet no story remains untold, no stone remains unturned. If you want to have a good time, this movie is definitely an option to consider. Go for it and just let go...