Dear Farhan & Zoya Akhtar

Consider this a tweet-longer entry.

I haven’t watched Don 2 yet, so I can’t comment but I love how diverse the reviews are, that leaves a big opening on forming my own opinion once I get a chance to see it. But what I want to talk about is Zindegi Na Milegi Dobara.

This was by far my favorite movie coming out of Bollywood this year. There were a few other good films -made in India- but none of them were so unanimously embraced by my Western friends as was ZNMD. Whoever hadn’t seen a Bollywood movie until then or even adamantly refused to see one has turned around and is now open to see more! a cross-generational success among my acquaintances..and nothing short of a miracle. For the last five years I have been running into walls convincing my friends to come with me to see Bollywood movies, but this one worked MAGIC. So I ended up seeing it three four times taking batches of friends at a time. I may suffer mildly from attention deficit disorder, like we all do, but every time I watched ZNMD I was entertained and it felt like watching it for the first time. Actually, I can’t find any flaw in it, no matter how hard I try to detect one. The cinematography is brilliant. The writing is brilliant. The acting is brilliant. The songs fantastic. EVEN the SUBTITLES are good. the poetry is beautifully translated (I can’t vouch for it, of course, my Hindi skills are equivalent to hello and goodbye)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is not only fun to watch because of its beautiful locations in Spain, captivating the beauty of scuba diving, sky-diving, running with the bulls, tomato-fights, star filled nights, grandiose landscapes, flamenco dances, all of that is captivating  but it weaves splendidly together stories of friendship and love and pain and examines what we want out of life. We can all relate to the questions lingering there..the self-doubts. Like every good road movie, the journey is external and internal, changing lives at the end. Every time we travel, leaving behind a life stuck in a rut of sorts, we change in minuscule or more profound ways. Traveling helps to readjust one’s perspectives. Traveling is a meditation.

Dear Farhan/Zoya, thank you for this superbly refreshing movie!! I hope it will be this year’s entry for Cannes and the Oscars. Because if THIS MOVIE gets more exposure on International circuits it will open the doors wide for Western audiences to let Bollywood come and sweep them up!

one of my favorite songs

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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

155 min  –  Adventure | Comedy | Drama   –  15 July 2011 (India)
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Ratings: 8.1/10 from 6,167 users
Reviews: 87 user | 25 critic

Three friends decide to turn their fantasy vacation into reality after one of their number becomes engaged.


Zoya Akhtar


Zoya Akhtar (story), Farhan Akhtar (dialogue), and 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Hrithik Roshan Hrithik Roshan
Abhay Deol Abhay Deol
Kabir Dewan
Farhan Akhtar Farhan Akhtar
Katrina Kaif Katrina Kaif
Kalki Koechlin Kalki Koechlin
Ariadna Cabrol Ariadna Cabrol
Naseeruddin Shah Naseeruddin Shah
Salman Habib
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lolo Herrero Lolo Herrero
Tattooed Guy
Deepti Naval Deepti Naval
Rehana Qureshi
Suhel Seth Suhel Seth
Natasha’s father
Mandi Sidhu Mandi Sidhu


Mumbai-based Kabir Dhiman, who comes from a wealthy building construction family, proposes to his long-time girlfriend, Natasha, much to the delight of both their respective families. He then gets together with one of two of his close friends, Imran Habib, a writer by profession, and they contact their London-based financial broker friend, Arjun, to remind him of a pact of traveling to Spain. The trio commence their long overdue trip not fully realizing that Arjun has still not forgiven Imran for his break-up with Sunani, while he himself regrets being dumped by Rohini, and must also compete with Imran for the affections of gorgeous Deep Sea Diving Instructor, Laila; Kabir struggles to accept life as Natasha’s husband; and Imran must ready himself to meet his biological father, Salman, who had abandoned him at birth. Written by rAjOo (

if you want to order the DVD, it is on sale right now for  the great price of $7.99


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