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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara  (2011 - Hindi)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara cumulative rating: 3.2 out of 53.2/5 (262 users)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara critics rating: 3.35 out of 5 3.35/5 (15 critics)

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What you take home are memorable, amusing moments of three truly adventurous amigos we've all grown up with. And will continue to. Facebook can't change that. You figure how your best friendships (especially those from college or school) remain frozen in fountain of youth. We never age in relation to the other. Mine date back to 1995. We're 16 still, ever-ready for that kill. Thank god. Inspired, I'll take up these boys' awesome holiday plan. Soon. You should check out their movie, for sure.more

There's a moment in Zoya Akhtar's 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' when Arjun, the character played by Hrithik Roshan, sits on a boat with tears in his eyes. It becomes clear that in a strange way, Arjun has been set free by a deep-sea diving experience. The realisation hits him that life is beautiful but you can only savour it when you live it by your own rules, not by what is expected of you. 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' takes the light-hearted tone of a funmore

ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA has its share of plusses and minuses, highs and lows. It's definitely not for ardent fans of kitsch or those with an appetite for typical masala entertainers. This one's more for spectators with refined tastes and sensibilities. It's a film for a more evolved, mature and cinema-literate audience that's geared up to embrace and support newer genres of cinema. more

ZNMD is a coming-of- age film on many levels. It celebrates the sheer beauty and physicality of location and their deep connection to the characters' state of mind, without apology or explanation. Trust me. I looked. I couldn't spot even one unpleasant face or topogrphy in the entire length and breath of this beautiful film.more

Hawa ke jhokon ke jaise azad hain hum, Tum ek dariya ke jaise lehron mein behna seekho, Har ek lamhe se tum milo kholey apni baahein, Har ek pal ek naya samaa dekhi yeh nigaahein. Jo apni aankhon mein hairaniyaan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum. Dilon mein tum apni betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum. These potent words from Javed Akhtar in daughter Zoya Akhtar’s second film voiced by son Farhan Akhtar’s character of a closet poetmore

Zoya Akhtar's Spain odyssey demands just one thing from you: that you slip into adventure mode and then go with the flow.... Rest assured, you're in for a merry ride, with loads of thrills, emotional banter, romance and camaraderie between a host of characters who seem to be having as much fun as you. more

"Seize the day, my friend," blurts the stunning deep-sea diving instructor Laila (Kaif), on a long walk with an uptight financial broker Arjun (Roshan). Arjun hasn't lived much, nor have his friends -- the apparently spineless Kabir (Deol) and jovial, closet poet Imran (Farhan). The adage pretty much sums up ZNMD. It's a long, boring advertisement for Spain Tourism, warned a colleague whose "sources" had these precious words about ZNMDmore

It's the characters and their constant conversations, jabbering oftentimes, that elevate Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara to a higher rank. Looking inward, Zoya and Farhan as the dialogue-writer, borrow liberally from their own life and those around them. When a film or any story for that matter is rooted in true experience, it succeeds in transmitting the feeling easily to another person because in the end, our experiences are the same, we are raised like everyone else with friends to count on, our tiffs are the same and we love no differently. more

ZNMD comes with baggage. The weight of being Zoya Akhtar’s follow up to her insightful insider tribute to the movies, Luck by Chance; the burden of recreating the magic of Dil Chahta Hai (yes, similarities abound); and the emotional baggage that the characters of the ZNMD themselves have to shed in the course of a long road trip as they dive in the sea and sky across Spain. Question is, is it a muffin- top of a film or do the Three Musketeers make for a memorable viewing?more

With a title that promises to take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, you would expect to be thoroughly entertained by Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Unfortunately, Zoya Akhtar's film falls below expectations, and not even the stellar star cast or the breathtaking locations make-up for its lack of substance. The story revolves around three richie rich friends -- Kabir (Abhay Deol), Imran (Farhan Akhtar) and Arjun (Hrithik Roshan). While Kabir is the amiablemore

"Dilon mein tum apni betabiyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum. Nazar mein khwaabon ki bijliyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum." The above lines are from a poem in ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA, which more or less sum up the magical film. After LUCK BY CHANCE, director Zoya Akhtar has come up with another winner; an adventure ride, full of life. The road movie begins with Kabir (Abhay Deol) proposing his girlfriend Natasha (Kalki Koechlin)more

The film has 3 stars in their own right yet it employs them as actors over heroes. There are no heroic entries, stylized background score or larger than life action. The entire film is shot in virgin locations of Spain, yet the beauty of the picturesque country is used only as a catalyst and not as a gimmick in this road flick. And though the film has characters like a possessive girlfriend, a flirtatious friend, an illegitimate father and immense scope for melodramamore

A fancy convertible speeding down scenic roads. Three guys slouched artfully; one at the wheel, the other next to him, the third splayed across the backseat, feet sticking out, slumbering. What does this scene remind you of? ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. Of course. The film which iconized, for the first time in Bollywood, affluent young males doing nothing more strenuous than pushing buttons on a gaming console, bonding on loungers which cost more than a small carmore

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara has a simple enough narrative core that revolves around the three male protagonists seeking to breakfree from the confines of their respective boxes. Their struggles yield many charming moments although one cannot avoid the sneaking suspicion that this cheerful ode to life, love and friendship is as much about telling a story as about a selling a country to prospective tourists.more

ZNMD seduces you instantly with its beauty — the villas, the hills, the ocean, the men and women. I bet the number of visa applications to Spain are going to rocket, but that won’t be entirely because of the picture-postcard visuals. It’ll be largely due to the promise of fun that ZNMD holds. Zoya Akhtar’s ZNMD is not as significant as her debut, Luck By Chance. It’s neither as cocky nor complex. But it is a lot of fun. Zoya, who is Farhan’s twin sister, revisits bhai’s Dil Chahta Hai 10 years on, taking her cue from Hangover. But her canvas is large and she fills it up with fun stuff. The music is lovely, dialogue witty and the vibe zesty.more