There are many ways people make movies in our film industry. Some employ unusual camera angles, some bank on cool background score, some rely on cuss words masquerading in songs, some proclaim it to be an ‘intellectual film’ and make a big hoopla of it. And some simply go ahead and make a great film.
Zoya Akhtar, undoubtedly belongs to the ilk of directors who silently create a ripple in the audience’s heart. Her latest offering, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment is a film that tugs your heartstrings and lingers on your mind. The characters are author-backed, which is evident the moment Hritik climbs to the top storey of the hotel room, while the other two friends, Farhan and Abhay check out the glass windows of the ground floor – one of the many such nuances for which writers Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar deserve to be applauded for. Here’s an itinerary of the journey of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara:
Spend a few minutes overcoming jetlag of Dil Chahta Hai, Delhi Belly, and all the chaddi-buddy films you’ve watched before frequenting the multiplex to see Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Begin your buddy romp directed by Zoya Akhtar about a story of three friends taking a road trip across Spain. Begin with Farhan Akhtar, who evokes laughter at the drop of a dialogue writer’s hat that he dons.
Take a side trip to meet his father, Naseeruddin Shah. Next, visit Abhay Deol coming to terms with realities of a committed relationship with Kalki Koechlin. Stop en route to know Hritik Roshan, an investment banker who plans to make big money and retire at forty but experiences a transformation, courtesy his diving instructor, Katrina Kaif.
Slip to heartwarming poetry penned by Javed Akhtar seamlessly weaved in the narrative that fuels up your spiritual quotient. Halt to sip and savour silent moments of the character’s life-changing moments.
Travel to the inner world of each character, followed by nostalgia of Doordarshan days, rest overnight at a revelry of ‘Senorita’, where the actors lend their voice to the strains of Shankar Ehsan Loy. Continue to coast-hugging locales of Spain, and then hang loose at Tomatina festival with foot-tapping ‘Paint it red’.
End your journey (or rather begin) with a finale where the characters take the bull of fear by its horns, and Farhan Akhtar aptly recites: Apni aankhon mein hairaaniyaan lekar chal rahe ho to zinda ho tum.
Well, all one could say is: Is film ko agar pasand karte ho, to zinda ho tum.