This time over, in Zindagi Na Miilegi Dobara, Zoya Akhtar decides to go for a boys’ story, unlike her debut “Filhaal” (which was a BO dud, by the way) and her last outing “Luck By Chance”. Thankfully and unlike her first two attempts, it seems like this one may very well turn out to be watchable.
The cast of Zindagi Na Miilegi Dobara is interesting. The very nice-on-the-eyes yet never experimented with pair of Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif looks cool and happening. Abhay Deol and Kalki Koechlin are good actors in their own rights, but they do form an odd couple, or maybe that’s the intention because they are shown constantly bickering or disagreeing. It’s difficult to make out from the trailer whether Farhan Akhtar has a romantic pairing, so we will leave it at that.
In the first look, Zindagi Na.. looks like Dil Chahta Hai – the same boys’ bonding, a car trip that looks too similar to Farhan Akhtar’s directorial debut and of course the fact that there are three boys hanging out. At first glance, it all looked like Dil Chahta Hai and Rock On rolled into one, but closer scrutiny reveals why it is certainly a woman’s work and not a man’s. Farhan Akhtar’s movies had a boy’s view of the world and the relationships were presented from a male viewpoint. Zindagi Na… on the otherhand looks like a more complex journey of creation and crumbling of relationships, of unfulfilled ambitions, and of roads not travelled. On second thoughts, I just hope it is not a rip off of the Hollywood movie “The Hangover” – then I will be spitting mad, as will be so many others who have been awaiting this film.
It may or may not be a great piece of work, but Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara will be worth a dekko – if not for anything else, then for its great ensemble cast.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara releases on 15 July, 2011.