Saturday, July 16, 2011

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara review: "Cool & adventurous but for the urbane audiences!!!"

Friendship is one of the best relationships in this world as you have a free license to discuss anything under the sun, no matter how trivial or serious the issue could be. Each one of us would have done hoards of stuff with our friends be it the crazy parties, awesome trips, outrageous gags..the list just goes on & on. This very subject has been immortalised on the silver screen many a time with "Dil Chahta Hai" by Farhan Akhtar being one of the most famous ever. So this time around, his sister Zoya Akhtar has decided to touch upon the subject from her point of view, through "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara"; which is one of the most eagerly awaited movies of the year with an awesome star cast. So will the hype be justified & strike gold at the box office???

Bachelor parties are always greeted with much gusto & mirth, as its basically a free rein for the guys to gang up together & try out some of the craziest things possible before being bound by marital bliss. Here too, Kabir (Abhay Deol) gets engaged to Natasha (Kalki Koechlin) & he plans on having a 3 week road trip in the beautiful land of Spain.Giving him company in this bachelor trip are his two friends Arjun (Hrithik), an uptight financial trader & Imran (Farhan Akhtar), a cool advertising copywriter. The only rule in this trip is that each one will have to try out an adventure what the other had planned. In short, its an adventure where these guys try to conquer their individual fears & find solutions to their inner grief.

Zoya Akhtar had impressed one & all with her debut venture "Luck by Chance" which peeped into the life of film stars. Here she has diverted her attention into male bonding which works big time as she has incorporated the subtlities of relationship in a realistic manner both in terms of dialogues & sequences such as gags, tiffs etc. However, the movie is unlikely to strike a chord with the audience other than those in the metros. The length of the movie is also likely to impact the movie as its a shade too long at many places which at times causes us to glance at our watches. There is no denying the fact, that the exquisite locales of Spain has been beautifully soaked up by the cinematography of Carlos Catalan. Similarly,  Shankar Ehsaan Loy also has to be credited for the soothing music which is quite distinct to what we are witness to nowadays.

Zoya Akhtar & Ritesh Sidhwani with the star cast
The biggest attraction of the movie was undoubtedly the awesome starcast & all of them have pulled their weight with their performances. Hrithik as always has given a stunning performance, while Abhay Deol yet again goes on to prove that his choice of movies though offbeat at times invariably gets the attention of the audience & critics alike. The winner however has to be Farhan who was just awesome as the super cool dude. As for the female leads, Katrina continues to evolve as an actress & seems to be totally at ease as the free spirited Laila while Kalki pulls off yet another winner as the irritating fiancee.

Verdict: The box office will open off to packed houses which should continue without fail for a week or so, which should be good enough to make it a hit. However it's a movie meant just for the plexes & unlikely to garner much revenue from the single screens. In short, check it out if you got time & like cool metro guy stories or else give it a miss!!!



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