The first feel of this movie's title and one starts to wonder whether this is a mediocre title of a still more mediocre movie (a flashback of Hindi movie titles in the 80's and 90's :P ).But that couldn't have been more wrong. This movie is a refreshing change from the normal staple of movies bollywood churns out like the over the top and mindless action movies(read Dabangg) or silly comedy movies(read Golmal Series). And easily this movie makes to the best ones of the year list (havnt watched Delhi Belly yet :( , so leaving tat out from the competition for the time being).
3 lead actors and easily the first comparison is drawn towards the evergreen DCH(Dil Chahta Hai) and considering that this is directed by Zoya Akhtar (younger sister of Farhan) ZNMD can easily be termed as the younger sibling of DCH. While DCH focused more on friendship,relations & love , this movie expands the envelope including stuff like meaning of life, in addition to the subjects of love,relations and friendship already presented in the previous movie. The main message that ZNMD tries to convey is "live life to the fullest", every second, hour,day and year of it. This is something which as far as I know never been tried in Hindi cinema.
Movie starts with Kabir(Abhay Deol) getting married to Natasha (Kalki) within 6 months. So it was time for 3 friends (3 Musketeers) to get together and go for a bachelor trip, a 3 week road trip in Spain where they vow to do some stuff never having been tried by them before. The casting of the other 2 friends is put forth by Arjun (Hrithik), a total workaholic person whose life starts and ends with money and Imran (Farhan) in search of his biological father. This road trip takes them to various high and low points of life and how they come out of it becoming a better person. Of course there are a lot of laughs and gigs enroute and which at times I found to be extremely hilarious, but this is not from any angle bollywoods answer to "The Hangover", but much better.
The way in which Spain is projected in this movie is absolutely jaw dropping, simply beautiful and hence increasing a count in my endless wish lists :P. Katrina Kaif as the sexy scuba diving instructor fills up the glam quotient and one cant simply take eyes off her in the movie. Farhan Akthar in his new avatar as the funny man is real hilarious.
After watching this movie , there was thought provoking question in my mind. "Is it really possible to live one's life to fullest without money ???" and answer to that at least in my case is a big NO. I have to slog at work trying to move up the ladder so that I have enough monetary power to enjoy life, but at the same time it seems like a paradox of life , each chasing the other, and the best solution is strike the perfect balance and which believe me, even god would be happy to strike.
Overall I would rate the movie as 4.25 out of 5 and a must watch for a majority of Indians for whom work is everything. "Work hard and Party harder" should be the motto henceforth since "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" .(a very cliched dialogue indeed :P)