â€˜Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaraâ€™ is all about 3 young men taking a holiday that changes their lives forever. Kabir (Abhay Deol) has just met Natasha (Kalki Koechlin). 6 months later they are engaged. He wants to go on an extended bachelor party. A 3 week road trip with Imraan (Farhan Akhtar) and Arjun (Hrithik Roshan) â€“ his 2 best friends since school. The only problem is Arjun is too tied up with work. After much emotional blackmail and cajoling the boys set off on a journey they were meant to take 4 years ago.
A fantasy holiday they had planned to take after college but never happened. A road trip where each one gets to do the ultimate sport of his choice and the other two just have to do it with him. Whether they want to or not! Kabir, Imraan and Arjun meet up in Barcelona and set off on an adventure that will not only make them iron out their differences but also face their fears, alter their perception, unravel their fabric, force them to break out of the box and teach them to seize the day.
Zoya Akhtar comes up with a refreshing script and the various adventures (deep sea diving, sky diving and bull raging) of the three men make up for the lack of a strong storyline. Her handling of the subject is so deft that you get engrossed in their road trip and wish you were a part of it (literally!).
The screenplay (Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar) has enough moments to keep you thoroughly entertained throughout the journey (of the film as well as the actors so as to speak). Dialogues by Farhan Akhtar are nothing short of gems and are dipped in humour. Even the emotional scenes are written with a rare maturity.
Among the supporting cast, both Naseerudin Shah and Deepti Naval as his estranged wife make their presence felt even in brief appearances. Suhel Seth is functional.
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy may not be of super hit variety; but the songs and the lyrics (Javed Akhtar) has a certain flavor which make them sound good to the ears. Cinematography by Carlos Catalan is like a â€˜magic brushâ€™ as he fully succeeds in capturing the exotic Spanish locales with flourish. Choreography by Bosco-Caesar and Vaibhavi Merchant is less of â€˜dancingâ€™ and more of fun movements which go well with the theme of the movie. Editing by Anand Subaya should have been tighter as the pace of the film becomes slow at times (in both the halves) and the proceedings tend to get too long and dreary. Sound design by Baylon Fonseca is of high standard while costumes by Arjun Bhasic are cool, urban and chic.
To put it in one line, this â€˜zindagiâ€™ totally rocks. Worth living every bit of it!