So… after the Box office dud named “Luck By Chance”, Zoya Akhtar, from the famed Akhtar genepool, gives us “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”. Though there had been controversies regarding this poster being a rip off from the movie “Lords Of Dogtown”( see image), high expectations had been pinned on this movie which boasts of an interesting ensemble cast of Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif, and Kalki Koechlin.

But had Zoya Akhtar been watcing the DVD of “Dil Chahta Hai” while writing the screenplay for ZNMD, because this movie seems to have been inspired by the former.  The same 3 guys story, differences between two of them, a road trip, interesting experiences on the way. It seems as if we are going through a slicker, international version of Dil Chahta Hai in Spain. Sure, the locales are shot fantastically, but the characters are sketched very primitively but interestingly.

Hrithik is a hot-shot trader with no time for love and relationships coz he’s busy minting money. Abhay Deol is in distress because of the dominating kalki doesn’t let him be hiself and doesn’t give him space and mind her own business. By the end of the journey he musters up enough courage to tell kalki that their engagement happened by fluke and he has no plans to marry in the near future. Farhan gets to know after his father’s death that he actually was not his biological father and goes to meet his ‘real’ father and to find answers to some questions which had been troubling him. Though this movie has few heart-touching emotional scenes, and the star cast almost brings justice to the script barring a few, the cinematography is beautiful. There are some beautiful moments between the three friends which bring out the best in all of them… Hrithik’s restraint, Abhay’s subtlety and Farhan’s whackiness..! Farhan has got the best lines… and he borrows papa Javed’s poetry as well. Katrina appears as a diving instructor who accompanies the three to the Tomatina festival. Kalki is dull and her potential is unexploited.

Every character in this trio is going through an inner turmoil, and they learn to enjoy and live their life through friendship. Interesting watch.., especially Farhan is splendid as the whacky copy-writer with an even whackier sense of humour. A good watch.