Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Five young Indian people stand on grass under a blue sky. From left, a young woman wearing a short black-and-white dress stands with her right leg slightly twisted. A man wearing glasses is jumping with his hands on back of the next person. A third man stares ahead, putting his hands on the shoulders of the fourth man. The fourth male wears a hat and a scarf, with his hands crossed in front. At right is a woman wearing a short dress; her right leg is twisted backwards and she holds her elbow stretched out and her left arm to her right.
Theatrical release poster
Directed byZoya Akhtar
Produced byFarhan Akhtar
Ritesh Sidhwani
Screenplay byZoya Akhtar
Reema Kagti
Story byZoya Akhtar
Reema Kagti
StarringHrithik Roshan
Abhay Deol
Farhan Akhtar
Katrina Kaif
Kalki Koechlin
Music byShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
CinematographyCarlos Catalan
Edited byRitesh Soni
Anand Subaya
Production
company
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 15 July 2011 (2011-07-15)
Running time
153 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget550 million (US$8.2 million)[2]
Box office1.53 billion (US$23 million) (India)[3]

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (lit. You won't get this life again) is a 2011 Indian buddy road film that was directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, and Kalki Koechlin. It was filmed in Spain, India, Egypt and the United Kingdom on a budget of 550 million (US$8.2 million). The music and score were composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar.

The film's story follows three friends; Arjun, Kabir, and Imraan, who have been inseparable since childhood. They set off to Spain on a bachelor trip and meet Laila, who falls in love with Arjun and helps him overcome his compulsion to work. Kabir and his fiancée experience overcome their significant misunderstandings. During their trip, each friend chooses a dangerous sport for the group to partake in.

The release of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was initially planned for 27 May 2011 but technical problems with post-production work led to the release being postponed to 24 June and again to 15 July that year. The film had a worldwide release in 1,800 screens and was a critical and commercial success that grossed 1.53 billion (US$23 million) and received critical acclaim for its performances, story, music, humour and direction. After its theatrical run, the film was nominated for and won several awards, including two National Film Awards.

Plot

Kabir, an architect, proposes to his girlfriend Natasha. Their families meet at the engagement party where Natasha learns that Kabir is planning a three-week bachelor road trip to Spain with his school friends — Imran, an advertisement copy writer; and Arjun, a financial broker. Kabir says the three friends have a long-standing pact, and that during the road trip each of them will pick an adventure sport that all three will try together. Initially, Arjun is reluctant to take trip because he does not want to lose his pay for missing work. Imran has an additional secret agenda to find his biological father Salman Habib, an artist who lives in Spain.

The three men fly to Spain separately and meet in Barcelona. They plan to visit Costa Brava, Seville and Pamplona. On the way to Costa Brava, Imran and Kabir are annoyed that Arjun, a workaholic, continues working. Imran throws Arjun's mobile phone out of their car, causing an argument in which Arjun accuses Imran of having an affair four years prior with Arjun's ex-girlfriend Sonali. Upon reaching their destination, they meet Laila, an Anglo-Indian woman; Imran flirts with her and makes Arjun jealous. Kabir announces he has chosen deep sea diving as their first sport, and they later find that Laila is their diving instructor. Arjun, who cannot swim and is aquaphobic, receives assistance from Laila to overcome his fears and finish the sport successfully. Laila suggests they attend the La Tomatina festival with her in Buñol and meet her friend Nuria, who falls in love with Imraan. Meanwhile, Natasha becomes suspicious of Kabir's involvement with Laila when she sees them via webcam and crashes his bachelor party trip, much to Kabir's discomfort. Imran spends time with Nuria, and Arjun with Laila. After the men leave, Laila realises she has fallen in love with Arjun and chases them on a bike. She and Arjun kiss passionately.

On their way to Seville, Kabir drops Natasha at the airport. The trio visit Seville for skydiving, Arjun's choice. During the task, Imran is forced to confront his acrophobia and hesitates to take part, but does so. After skydiving, the three men go to a bar and get into a fight with a stranger on whom they had tried to pull a prank. They are jailed after the fight; Imran calls Salman, who bails them out and takes them to his home. Salman reveals that he never wanted the responsibility of a married life with children but Imran's mother Rahila did. Imran, heartbroken, realises how his actions must have hurt Arjun four years back. He apologises to Arjun, and Arjun, seeing the genuineness of the apology, forgives him with a hug.

The three men learn of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, which is Imran's choice, baffling Kabir and Arjun. Imran contacts Laila, who joins them. When confronted by his friends, Kabir tells the others he is not yet ready for marriage, and that Natasha had mistaken a ring he had bought for his mother as a birthday present as an engagement ring for herself. On the morning of the bull run, Imran suggests they make a promise if they survive the event: Imran vows to publish the poetry he has written in his diary; Arjun vows to go to Morocco with Laila; and Kabir promises to tell Natasha he does not want to marry her. As they complete the event, the friends gain a renewed sense of their relationships with each other, their families and other friends, and with themselves.

During the credits, Imran, Kabir, Nuria and Natasha are shown at the wedding of Arjun and Laila in Morocco. Natasha has a new boyfriend, Kabir and Natasha are still friends, and Imran has published his poems.