Saturday, August 13, 2011

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) - Review

Jab jab dard ka baadal chaya 
Jab ghum ka saya lehraya
Jab aansoo palkon tak aya
Jab yeh tanha dil ghabraya
Humne dil ko yeh samjhaya
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai
Duniya mein yunhi hota hai
Yeh jo gehre sannaate hain
Waqt ne sabko hi baante hain
Thoda ghum hai sabka qissa
Thodi dhoop hai sabka hissa
Aankh teri bekaar hi namm hai
Har pal ek naya mausam hai
Kyun tu aise pal khota hai
Dil aakhir tu kyun rota hai

I'm not sure if it's Javed Akhtar's lyrical miracle or Farhan's spellbinding voice, but this piece is m-a-g-i-c-a-l and stunningly beautifully woven around the title. The timings couldn't have gotten better!

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara kept taking me back to Dil Chahta Hai - cheersome threesome, bromance, hola-day, fun, nagging girlfriends, life, love! ZNMD could've easily been pigeonholed as a trite, timeworn romcom but thanks to Zoya's realistic depiction of characters and consuming screenplay, the film holds sway.

Farhan, the craziest of the lot (but also the reason why the film unfolds the way it does), is adorable and so much more likeable than in his last - Kartik calling Kartik. (Zoya was partial enough to give him some of the best-est dialogues). 

Also read: 5 facts about Farhan Akhtar you sure didn't know

Abhay Deol charms as usual (though I wouldn't place this among his best performances. May be I'm just getting overcritical after films like DevD, Oye Lucky...., Socha na Tha? Hritik gets it right every time, even without dialogues. Its just his eyes, I guess :-) Katrina, for a change, doesn't feel like an accessory to glamour things up. Naseeruddin Shah leaves an impact for whatever little screen time he gets.

Musically, Señorita and Ik Junoon are my favorites. Visually, the song with white horses in slo-mo in the background is one of the best (can't recall the words). The Señorita song apparently was recorded while the actors were told it was only a rehearsal! ;-) Good job, nevertheless!

From the deep-sea dive to the sky-dive, from Hrithik to Farhan, from the tomatina fest to Senorita, from the shayaris to the music, from Costa Brava to Andalusia, ZNMD is an unforgettable trip. Twice on the theater and can still do it again!

For those who'd like to revisit the shayaris, here goes:

Pighle Neelam Sa (after the trio’s deep-sea dive)

Pighle neelam sa behta ye sama, neeli neeli si khamoshiyan, 
na kahin hai zameen na kahin aasmaan,
sarsaraati hui tehniyaan pattiyaan,
keh raheen hai bas ek tum ho yahan,
bas main hoon, meri saansein hain aur meri dhadkanein,
aisi gehraiyaan, aisi tanhaiyaan, aur main... sirf main.
Apne hone par mujhko yakeen aa gaya.

Zinda Ho Tum (climax)

Dilo mein tum apni betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum
Nazar mein khwaabon ki bijliyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum
Hawa ke jhokon ke jaise aazad rehna seekho
Tum ek dariya ke jaise lehron mein behna seekho
Har ek lamhe se tum milo khole apni baahein
Har ek pal ek naya samaa dekhiye
Jo apni aankhon mein hayraniyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum
Dilon mein tum apni betaabiyan leke chal rahe ho, toh zinda ho tum