Talk about coming of age cinema and Bollywood has progressed by leaps and bounds. Yes, Hindi films are no longer afraid of experimenting from their tried and tested formulas – masala potboilers.
Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ belongs to the new school of filmmaking, which digs deep into human consciousness and liberates one’s mind from bondage, be it personal or professional.
Starring Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ is the tale of coming of age men, who face their inner demons and get ready to embrace life.
Set in Spain, ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ is the inner journey of three best friends: Kabir (Abhay Deol), Imran (Farhan Akhtar) and Arjun (Hrithik Roshan). Kabir is the son of a construction mogul, who is engaged to an interior designer, Natasha (Kalki Koechlin). Before Kabir gets married, he wants to celebrate his bachelor’s party with his chums – advertising professional Imran and stock broker Arjun, who leave for Spain.
The journey to Spain is metaphorical as it enlightens Kabir, Imran and Arjun, giving them a new insight about their past, present and future. In their transformation, Kabir, Imran and Arjun are helped by a cheerful free spirit – a half-Indian, half-Brit girl Laila (Katrina Kaif), who they meet in Costa Brava and also happens to be their deep sea diving instructor.
‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ makes one realise that life is just for once; one should live to the fullest. ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ celebrates life and all its offerings.
Carpe Diem (seize the day) is the main undercurrent of ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ where Kabir, Imran and Arjun come face to face with their phobias only to discover a new self. Indeed, the Spanish trip is life altering journey for these three lads.
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.
Director Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ is sensitive, entertaining and contemporary cinema and a special mention for cinematographer Carlos Catalan, who makes Spain come alive on the silver screen.
After ‘Dil Chahta Hai,’ ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ is an interesting take on Indian men, which dwells upon their psyche. Do watch this film!
Ratings: Four cheers for this one!