A film which is food for the soul. What makes ZMND such a treat to watch is the tranquility in the film, despite its sauciness and wry humour. The leisurely pace, telling the tale at its own sweet pace and the real emotions, situations and honest to God performances by each actor in it, and the beautiful poetry in it make for an enjoyable film which one might not mind seeing again. (A rarity in today's day and age).
As 'The Bard' had said "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin", there is something about ZNMD which sweeps the audience into its arms and carries it along.
Hrithik was real and truly good in his role. A role of the financial trader so immersed in his work that he has no time to smell the roses as he needs to make enough money to be able to retire by 40. But as Laila asks pertinently, "What if you aren't alive when you're 40?" His seriousness, which slowly gives way to some life coming back to him, as he tastes once again the intangibles that life has to offer - kudos to Hrithik for essaying that awakening so sensitively. The scene after the deep sea dive is especially touching.
Abhay is always good. Such a talented actor, he manages to fit each role he is offered, with elan. He eases into the easygoing character of a soon to be married anchor of the group, the diffuser, so well.
Katrina for once wasn't half as bad as she is or could be. She comes away form the contrived simpering to deliver an honest and carefree performance. Good show girl (and that coming from one who doesn't like her one bit!)
Kalki was perhaps just a shade sweeter and more understanding in her character portrayal than what was required of the spoilt brat character she was meant to play. I couldn't bring myself to dislike her too much or be convinced about why marrying her would be such a torture.Or perhaps in comparison with the women I can see around me in the real world, and particularly in Delhi, she didn't seem or seem to treat her fiance all that badly!!!
But saving the best for the last, it was Farhan who stole my heart. I am not a huge Farhan (the actor) fan, even in Rock On it was Arjun who I loved, but in ZNMD he leaves no stone unturned to give 120% to an author backed role. He is awesome in this film. Not only in his witty repartee and mad caper scenes but also in his poignant reflective scenes. The icing on the cake was his exquisite recitation of some rather fine lines penned by his father. Javed Akhtar does a 'Silsila' repeat with some soulful poetry which give a beautiful dimension to some situations in the movies. Farhan's voice replacing Amitabh's baritone (think Main Aur Meri Tanhai) is not unwelcome, in fact his beautiful enunciation touches a chord in the heart.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music was disappointing, although pleasant as background scores, only Senorita and Khwabon Ke Parindey perhaps leave a lasting impact. The film could have perhaps done with a more memorable soundtrack.
Zoya improves considerably in her second outing as director. ZNMD is definitely a much more polished piece of work than LBC. Here's to looking forward to more from the siblings...Farhan and Zoya...the talented brother-sister duo bring a new breath of life of Indian cinema.
Watch ZNMD...it is not a great or spectacular film...simply one which allows you to throw off the baggage of your worldly worries for the greater part of 3 hours and sink into the luxory of some real tranquility.