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The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: 10 Year Anniversaries • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara • D: Zoya Akhtar, 2011

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara • The Next Reel

"Your fiancée can’t crash your bachelor party!”

Bollywood has overtaken Hollywood as the largest center for film production in the world, but we have yet to talk about a Bollywood film on this podcast. Well, we’re changing things with today’s episode. Zoya Akhtar, co-writer and director of this film, is from a prominent film production family. This was her second film and it became an immediate success, following three friends as they take a periodic adventure vacation merged with a bachelor party for one of them who is recently engaged. The film becomes a story of personal journeys for each of them, though, and that’s a formula that often works very well for us. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we hit the road with Akhtar to celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of her 2011 film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a delight of a film.

There’s not as much music as we thought there would be in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, but there is music, there is dancing, and there’s a lot of fantastic character development in this film. Plus, everyone in this film is downright beautiful. If you’re thirsty, you’re bound to find someone to enjoy. The three leads playing the friends on their road trip – Hrithik Roshan, Frahan Akhtar, and Abhay Deol – are great characters and we always buy them as friends.

To that end, they each have their own journeys to take as they enjoy this road trip. Are the female characters in this film given as much development as the men? Or are they just there to help their development? Honestly, they’re so much fun that it’s okay that they may be a bit trope-y.

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is a fun film that hits all the spots for us. We have a great time talking about it and it’s certainly an easy film to recommend. Check it out and definitely enjoy the soundtrack. It’s a blast! Then tune in to the podcast and enjoy! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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