Radu’s Movie Recommendation: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Since we haven’t reviewed an Indian movie in almost a week, I thought I would recommend one today. This movie is my guilty pleasure, but it’s hard not to fall in love with it.

I first saw it almost four years ago. My best friend called me, asking if we wanted to go see a movie, because she didn’t want to go home. I put on a pair of jeans and the first shirt I could find and got into my car. At the first light stop I looked online what movies where at the cinema at that hour (around 09:30 PM) and one caught my eye. Life doesn’t give you a second chance. 8.2 on IMDB. It should be a good one if it has such a good mark. When we entered the cinema and saw it was an Indian movie, she almost killed me. But after the movie started rolling, the magic happened….

Imagine having your perfect bachelor party. Not the Las Vegas type, where you gamble, drink and get into debauchery. Imagine taking your 2 best friends, with whom you have grown up with, pick any country in the world and go there for 3 weeks, each one choosing a city and an activity. And the others have to join in. Because this is what happens in this movie.

After proposing by accident to his girlfriend, Kabir takes his two best friends, Imran and Arjun, for a 3 week bachelor party in Spain. They visit a city each week, where one of them chooses an extreme sport where the others have to participate. While facing their fears within the sports, they face their own fears regarding their way of life.

I truly felt mesmerized by this film. It is colourful, funny, smart, charming. It is masterfully shot, with amazing views of Spain, with a funny script and characters that fit the story spot on. What begins as a bachelor party, turns into an escape from reality, ending in a journey of self-discovery. Although it has the typical Indian cliché of dancing, at least they dance Flamengo. Or something that wants to be Flamengo.

So my advice is to see this film. You will have fun, you will laugh at good, smart jokes, see a lot of Spain in a marvellous way. But most importantly, you will learn to appreciate friendship more than anything else.

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