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            Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

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            Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their friends gets engaged.

            Director:

            Zoya Akhtar

            Writers:

            Farhan Akhtar (dialogue), Reema Kagti (story) | 4 more credits »
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            Cast

            Cast overview, first billed only:
            Hrithik Roshan ... Arjun Saluja
            Farhan Akhtar ... Imraan Qureshi
            Abhay Deol ... Kabir Dewan
            Katrina Kaif ... Laila
            Kalki Koechlin ... Natasha Arora
            Ariadna Cabrol ... Nuria
            Naseeruddin Shah ... Salman Habib
            Deepti Naval ... Raahila Qureshi
            Surpreet Bedi Surpreet Bedi ... Sameera
            Anisa Butt ... Zoya
            Juan Jose Amador Juan Jose Amador ... Flamenco musician 3
            Aashrita Kamath Aashrita Kamath ... Air Hostess
            Lolo Herrero Lolo Herrero ... Skydiving Instructor
            Barbara Holzer Barbara Holzer ... Skydiver
            Ravi Khemu Ravi Khemu ... Kabir's Father
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            Storyline

            Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their friends gets engaged.

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            Comedy | Drama

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            Country:

            India

            Language:

            Hindi | Japanese | Spanish | English

            Release Date:

            1 March 2012 (Hong Kong) See more »

            Also Known As:

            3 εβδομ?δε? προθεσμ?α See more »

            Filming Locations:

            Barcelona, Spain See more »

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            Box Office

            Budget:

            INR550,000,000 (estimated)

            Opening Weekend USA:

            $960,548, 17 July 2011

            Gross USA:

            $3,108,485

            Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

            $5,192,743
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            Sound Mix:

            Dolby Digital

            Color:

            Color

            Aspect Ratio:

            2.35 : 1
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            Trivia

            The title of the movie "zindagi na milegi dobara" was first titled as "zindagi milegi na dobara", but it was changed to " zindagi na milegi dobara" after javed Akhtar pointed out that it is the right form of sentence instead of the latter one. See more »

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            When Katrina told her friend that she wants to go after them, she was seen in a pink top but later on she was seen in a red top. See more »

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            Arjun: One should learn how to live life from you, I spend my entire life inside a box.
            Laila: A person should remain in a box only once he is dead.
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            Ik Junoon (Paint It Red)
            Sung by Vishal Dadlani, Ehsaan Noorani, Shankar Mahadevan, Alyssa Mendonsa, Gulraj Singh
            Lyrics by Javed Akhtar
            Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani & Loy Mendonsa
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            Life is only once
            4 October 2011 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

            Zoya Akhtar's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, through the lives of three friends, presents the world of contemporary Indian youth, who are successful, affluent yuppies. They just enjoy life because financially they have the means to do it. In mood and execution the film is very modern, light, yet it entails complex relationships in family and between friends. Essentially, in this regard, it has an uncanny resemblance to Dil Chahta Hai, though it's an altogether different film. The movie is non-sentimental and realistic, but it is emotional, and surprisingly enough, quite poetic. The dialogue by Farhan Akhtar is for the most part excellent.

            Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is captivating, interesting and entertaining, and it captures the beauty of Spain with great mastery. At times this presentation is too perfect, but then it's a movie so that's what audiences want to see. It is beautifully shot, with an excellent cinematography working in its favour. The background score is very good, and the songs are very fun and catchy. All these aspects create a lyrical tone that is very uplifting to watch. Some scenes are just amazingly captured. The one when the guys get out of the water after diving, is pure magic. So is the one which shows them skydiving.

            The film is definitely not flawless, at least from my point of view. The main moral of the story, that life is only once and one should live it to the fullest, is successfully conveyed, generally speaking, but then at times it becomes over-repetitive and saccharine. Towards the second half, it looks like it tries hard to be inspiring and feels too larger-than-life, which it out of place in a film trying to portray realism. The ending is one such instance. Similarly, the friendship between the three leads, which is generally done well, often lacks the natural, understated camaraderie it requires (not because they fight, but in spite of it).

            Hrithik Roshan finally works as part of an ensemble cast where he doesn't have to carry a film all alone. He plays an imperfect man who grows as a character, and he does it ably. Farhan Akhtar is for the first time convincing and he's natural and enjoyable in a meaty role. Abhay Deol, as the flamboyant, playful guy who's unsure of whether he does or does not want to marry yet, is likable but still a bit of a disappointment. Deol is according to me the best actor of the three, based on what I've seen before, but in this film his character often lets him down--a sad case of weak writing--as it lacks true complexity.

            I never thought I'd say that, but Katrina Kaif is surprisingly effective and natural, and her part is actually very well written. Laila is lovely, kind, radial and, probably more importantly, is of mixed ethnicity, which makes her line delivery and accent justifiable and credible in this film. This may be the benefit, as it eases the work for Kaif, who, instead of focusing on her accent and Hindi line delivery (which was anyway poor), can for one concentrate on the character. She is never great, but she is good. Kalki is better in a smaller part. Speaking of small parts, Naseeruddin Shah and Deepti Naval, in just two brief scenes each, shine.

            Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara does partially bring forth another step in Hindi cinema's growth and departure from popular convention. It is thoroughly enjoyable, it has both style and substance, and though in my opinion it is nowhere an extraordinary film and is far from being really great, it is still a worthy and appreciable effort about living life to the fullest and cherishing every moment of it. Worth watching.


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