Saturday, July 16, 2011

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara...

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara :) First Day First Show ;-) Duniya ke sare sukh ek taraf, aur first day first show koi acchi picture dekhne ki khushi ek taraf :) I have been waiting for this film for the last two years ever since Zoya announced it..I had absolutely loved Luck By Chance and consider it to be one of the finest films in and about Hindi cinema. What dialogues that film had?!?! Crocodile in a shiffon saree! Here is the link about the film that I had written about it. Anyways, I had not been feeling well as soon as I reached home on Thursday. I decided not to go to office on Friday but the thought of three day weekend is just exhilarating. And how can I not watch this movie then :) 

I will not write a full review. I have stopped writing reviews but I will write the things I liked and I remember.. 

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, essentially a story of three friends and their journey across Spain. The three friends had made a pact in college that they will go on a road trip and each of them will choose an adventure trip which the other two have to do. Zoya beautifully captures their trip as they relive their past and confront their inner demons to bring about a better future for themselves. 

The film is so beautiful that it is hard not to fall in love with it. The excellent cinematography by Carlos Catalan is simply out of this world. It made me want to go to Spain immediately. As Mani Ratnam’s Raavan was a photographer’s delight, Zindagi.. captures Spain with a splendour unmatched in recent times. 

I totally loved Farhan’s character Imran, a copywriter by profession and a secret poet, the way he deals with unanswered questions about his abandoned painter father. Imran used to say such deep lines on poetry that it was sheer magic. The poems have been penned by Javed Akhtar as the film mentioned. I have been trying to search the lines on the Internet but not successful as of now. I seriously wish they bring out a poetry section in the DVD. It will be a collector’s treat. I actually tweeted to Farhan Akhtar and Javed Saab to tell us these lines. Farhan wrote these lines on twitter (I guess a lot of people would be asking him to do that) 

पिघले नीलम सा बहता ये समां, नीली नीली  सी  खामोशियाँ , न  कहीं  है  ज़मीन  न  कहीं  आसमान , सरसराती  हुई  टहनियां  पट्टियां , कह  रहीं  है  बस  एक  तुम  हो  यहाँ , बस  मैं  हूँ , मेरी  सांसें  हैं  और  मेरी  धडकनें , ऐसी  गहराइयाँ , ऐसी  तन्हैयाँ , और  मैं ... सिर्फ  मैं . अपने  होने  पर  मुझको  यकीन   आ  गया. 

These lines come in perhaps the scene’s best film when Arjun (Hrithik) finally does deep sea diving and there are tears in his eyes, a cathartic moment where he realizes the beauty of life and the importance of taking pauses to hear your breath. Such a spell binding scene that is. 

At one scene in the film, Imran says that his poetry is inspired by Raghuati Sahay Firaaq. I have googled about but there is nothing I could find about him as well. Surely, Javed ji used references by Firaaq while penning these lines. Mus find more.

The book that I read Cuckold had talked about how sex is more of a feeling than the actual act . The narrator says in the book -  
"Is the mystery of the body in the clothes?  
Is it in the knots that that tie the strings that tie the clothes? 
Is sex watching putting on her anklets?
Is sex seeing her shaking her hair loose, gather it together and twist it into a bun?
Is it taking vermilion powder on her right index finger and zeroing it effortlessly to the center of her forehead  and spreading a perfect tikka on it?
Is it her hands cupping together to hold water from the bucket, closing her eyes and splashing water on her  face? 
Is it the unconscious and voluntary gestures that she goes through everyday?" 

I think I have fallen in love with Imran’s poetry. It has to be felt from within and then only it can bring about catharsis that it aims to. 

The true star of the film is undoubtedly Zoya Akhtar. She creates such genuine moments of tenderness between her characters that one is left simply amazed by their brilliance. She is perhaps one of the very directors who understands human emotions and relationships completely. Do you think it could be any easy for a female director to create a story about three male characters with such nuances and details? 

Her subtlety is what completely stands out from the rest and as some said it is an adult film for people with adult brains only. That scene where the three of them fight when Imran throws Arjun’s phone is created so poignantly..that how adults turn into kids in a moment! 

Zoya leaves on the audience to read more about her characters traits – like the initial scene where Imran and Arjun are packing their clothes, one could make out that Arjun is more organised (clothes neatly ironed and kept in an organized way in the suitcase) where as Imran is more casual (simply takes out clothes from the almirah and dumps them in the bag without any order) 

Or that song Khwaabon Ke Parinday that is so beautiful.. the scene where the horse comes is sheer magic :) 

This is perhaps the fist film that I have loved Katrina’a acting..maybe because her character is so refreshing. When Arjun and Laila (Katrina) are watching the stars, she says 'Insaan ko Dabbay mein marne ke baad hee jaana chahiye.' Or when she rides this bike to kiss Arjun and says 'Mujhe afsos nahi karna aata' or the scene where she says 'Kise pata tum 40 tak zinda bhi rahoge ya nahi.' She brings a grace to Laila and it suits her perfectly.

Farhan Akhtar is a revelaltion. He gets the best lines and is a scene stealer. His charctaer is more like a mix of Siddharth and Aakash from Dil Chahta Hai. The goofyness that he brings out in Imran appears to be his natural quality. Whether it be Aaksh from DCH, or Karthik from Karthik Calling Karthik, or Imran from appears that Farhan is like this in real life as well. He is just awesome! 

I also liked Abhay's character. Although the Sigmun Frued game he suggested to bring out the the problem in you was clearly inspired from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai but I liked it when he said, that he doesn't want Natasha to stop working after marriage as it was the Natasha, the interior designer, who he liked. Such a mature and understanding thought it is..

Some of the film’s other rich moments were-
Sorry tabhi hi bolna chahiye yahan (dil) se nikle..
Sach kya hai..kar kisi ka apna ek version..

All three adventure sports were so spectacularly shot

The deep sea diving – The way Laila guides Arjun is sheer poetry in motion..the sun light, the bubbles, the blue colour, the fish..amazing.. 

The sky diving – The way the three of them join their hands in the blue sky..signifying their bond of friendship..and how they overcome their fears 

The bull fight – Stunningly shot with the message not to give up without a fight..a perfect climax..

After so long, a film as given so much creative satisfaction..after Dhobi Ghaat, this is perhaps the only film with a  layered story and characters. I might have gone a bit overboard but I simply loved the film. Do watch it and since I know Spanish a bit, it was so much fun to understand without the need of subtitles :) 

Dil Chahata Hai or Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.. I think both :)

I will end by these amazing lines from the film -

दिलों  में  तुम  अपनी  बेताबियाँ  लेके  चल  रहे  हो, तोह  जिंदा  हो  तुम .. नज़र  में  ख़्वाबों  की  बिजलियाँ  लेके  चल  रहे  हो , तोह  जिंदा  हो  तुम ... दिलों  में  तुम  अपनी  बेताबियाँ  लेके  चल  रहे  हो , तोह  जिंदा  हो  तुम . नज़र  में  ख़्वाबों  की  बिजलियाँ  लेके  चल  रहे  हो, तोह  जिंदा  हो  तुम ...


  1. liked the way u described the movie... i watched it yesterday and loved it... Farhan was awesome..

  2. Your post is truly a reflection of what I thought and felt about the movie. It was 153 minutes of sheer perfection and magic :)
    The direction, the camera work, everything was just brilliant. my favourite scene is the sky diving one. It has been so beautifully shot, and it captures the emotions of all three so well.
    A very very good movie after a long time!!

  3. Hmm, I have never seen a movie with so much attention is always limited to storyline...though I get emotional with characters...but still this was awesome

  4. The important thing other than adventure, fun, humor, love and frenz was the event called Life. Most of us do have a problem, we want to run away from or fear to face it and suppress it within self. This movie shows how to deal with such events n problems of life. I personally loved one line of katrina..."Insaano ko dabon mein marne ke baad rehna chahye" Another inspiring thing was the poem "Jab Jab dard ka..." New invention BPL - Bump pe laat ;) and the word - Satyavachan Kabira !!

  5. I feel movie is just growing the time passes by...feel like rewatching at home on a dvd ...i guess, there is lot of detailing done for each character which are subtle and unfolds when u re thinking abt the characters later...hats off to Zoya for weaving the characters so beautifully.....a must watch!!!

  6. Ahhh you loved Dhobi Ghat too???? I was told I have unusual tastes when i said i loved the movie!....:-))

  7. मुझे अफसोस करना नही आता - it is the philosophy of my life, hence loved the dialogue in the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

  8. मुझे अफसोस करना नही आता - it is the philosophy of my life, hence loved the dialogue in the movie Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara


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