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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)
Dil Chahta Hai Of This Decade
First things first, I personally want to say 'Thank you Zoya'.... Most of the young Indians (especially at least those in late 20s and early 30s) are part of a rat race. The rat race to make maximum money in the shortest time possible. So that they can get maximum luxuries and facilities to spend their lives in comfort . What we all forget to do, is to live for today... Even with the sanest of hearts, try to live among these times and you are bound to loose yourselves in this wild rat race. 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' is like a mirror held against yourself making you self realise for those who have already lost it being part of the rat race and reassure others who are almost in in the fear of loosing their dreams to this mad race to make money.
Now to the movie, its a wonderful coming of age story of 3 friends. And its not 'Dil Chahtai Hai' nor '3 Idiots'. Zoya uses a delightful first half to establish the 3 characters. She is super successful in presenting the goofy and super cool Farhan as 'Imran'. The initially cold and money minded 'Arjun' shows why Hrithik is the real actor star to watch out for after Aamir Khan. Of the three, the slight weaker but yet assured is Abhay Deol as Kabir. The entire first half which includes the forming, storming and norming stages of their team is a superb comic ride. The visuals of Spain, the backdrop, the culture, the music ..its all a perfect setting. Katrina chips in as a wonderful diving instructor who has the zest for life. She is the eye opener for Arjun and he sees life from a different angle in her. Kalki Koechlin as Abhay's typical fiancée is still good with what she does. The interval arrives even as you are still laughing from the previous scene and thats a good one to be in.The second half starts off OK but is tad slow in the middle portions. Its almost like we are waiting for it to all come together. But that arrives soon. If the first 2 adventures enthrall you for the visual beauty then wait for the third one in the climax, its a ripper. At the climax, all 3 of them have grown out of their issues, discovering that they have literally found themselves. Their own true self. And that is what matters the most.
SEL score another winner of an album... Senurita, Dil Dhadakne Do are all great but for me 'Paint It Red' was best.Cinematography is cool..
The last lines of Imran's poem... that is the best written piece to have been on screen for some time.