The title of the movie keeps reminding me of the phrase (and the tune) from the title song of Rock On which quite non-co-incidentally was directed by Farhan Akhar. No wonder then that ZNMD, twin sister Zoya Akhtar’s second initiative (the first one being after Luck By Chance) has strong influences of the man himself. One of the “the musketeers” in the movie, Farhan as an actor complements the other two – Hrithik and Abhay very well. In fact, if impact of performances are anything to go by, it would be fair to say that Abhay Deol is dwarfed by Hrithik’s enigmatic screen presence and Farhan’s captivating dialogue delivery.
The movie has a central theme which is communicated through each of the threads in the movie – “You have just one life, Live it to the fullest!” Another message which is powerfully delivered is that there is no wrong time to make the right decision. Although in a slightly subtle manner compared to the former.
The plot flows wonderfully well and is clearly intended at the chic, urban audience – I can’t imagine any other segment in India appreciating the concept of “bachelor trips”. On a more technical note, there are two things that stand out about the movie:
1. DIALOGUES – Subtle, spontaneous and humourous. Truly, the stuff that movies like Dil Chahta Hai and Rock On are made of. And there are few people who can do it better than Farhan Akhtar.
2. CINEMATOGRAPHY – Its easy to delight an audience if the movie is shot in the best locations in Europe. Particularly, there is a sky diving shot in the movie – If you are the sort who takes frequent loo breaks between movies that tend to grad, make sure you don’t take one when this it is about to approach.
Like countless (perhaps most) other Bollywood movies, actresses are relegated to the back seat. ZNMD is no different. Katrina Kaif and Kalki are purely there for eye-candy value in the movie. Though a point to note is that Kalki Koechlin (who recently turned Kalki Koechlin Kashyap!) is seen appearing in a vanilla ‘commercial’ cinema for the first time.
The music i felt, is good only in parts. Although Senorita is a haunting melody kept playing at the back of my mind as I was on my way back after watching the movie. Having said that, the rest of it is pretty average. One would expect better from Shankar Ehsaan and Loy.
Overall Rating: 3/5