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Monday, July 18, 2011
FILM REVIEW: ‘Zindagi na Milegi Dobara' - Love, life and friends!
SANGEETHA DEVI DUNDOO / The Hindu / July 18, 2011.
A still from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
Amidst going ‘mantal' with feedback to ‘Zindagi na Milegi Dobara', Zoya Akhtar discloses she wanted to make a soulful, not just a frothy film. Sangeetha Devi Dundoo listens in
It's a fun film about ‘bwoyz' coming from two women — Zoya Akhtar and co-writer Reema Kagti. “I've grown up with boys. Farhan (Akhtar) and me are just a year apart and have gone on many road trips together. Both Reema and me have good male friends and can understand men,” says Zoya Akhtar, taking in the adulation for her buddy flick.
Her debut film Luck by Chance (2009), receiving critical acclaim but didn't hit the bull's eye at the box office. She is keeping her fingers crossed to see ifZindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD) will be her calling card to BO success. Beyond the math, it's a film that's come from the heart. “We all live in a cage, going about our lives in the urban scenario. I wanted to shoot in wide frames. I've always wanted to do a road movie. Many introspective moments I've shown on screen have happened to me and Farhan,” she says. Her first choice was Mexico. “We wanted a climax of running with the bulls. I wanted a country that blended history, culture and sports. We zeroed in on Spain,” she says.
Zoya finds it “weird” that people accuse her of doing an ad film for Spain. “When people watch the film, they should come out with the feeling that they've travelled through Spain. It's a country where you drive long stretches and suddenly hit upon a stunning, white village. How can I not show Spain when the film is a road trip?” she argues.