'Rock On... Yuhin Dekhta Hai Kya Tu, Rock On...Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara!' Popular, successful and crazy trend of picking up the catchy-line of hit track as title of the flick continues with Zoya Akhtar's second directorial venture, ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA (ZNMD). DIL CHAHTA HAI, LAKSHYA, ROCK ON, LUCK BY CHANCE and KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK, all had one thing in common – the combo of lyricist Javed Akhtar and triumphant trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (S-E-L). The trend continues prosperously in ZNMD and once again, it's a youthful roller-coaster ride journey that packs 'hot 'n' happening' talents of B-town in one package. To be precise, the feel is that of Spanish's civic and cultural rendezvous, theme is boy-bonding, grandeur is adventurous and so music has to equally befitting to make every feisty happening loud on big-screen. Mercurially high on expectations (all above-mentioned were big musical hits), the album is presumed to be one of the big bonanza of this year from S-E-L, as recently they disappointed with pack of above-average to mediocre albums (PATIALA HOUSE, GAME). Can S-E-L be able to relive the musical passion that they are specialist and capable for in youth genre flick like ZNMD? Can we expect ZNMD to be next grand happening on musical stands? Let's explore and excavate its musical facts...
Volcanic in grooves, grungy hard-metal base in style and sporadically youthful, with the zestful feel of 'buddy-bonding' gets an opulence of upbeat rock-beat styling in immensely captivating 'Dil Dhadkane Do'. It pumps up the arena-stylized rocking grind of 'Rock On' (ROCK ON) into the carefree funky grooves of 'Dil Chahta Hai' (DIL CHAHTA HAI) and the end result is presumably remarkable. This soaring 'n' roaring boy-band feel track has vocal pacing of Joi Barua, Suraj Jagan and Shankar Mahadevan, in energetically high octaves to deliver out bagful of 'masti' and thrills. S-E-L specialty in inundating a fervently catchy signature tuneful feel takes the bigger cake and sets the decorum of playful setting of adventurous endeavors. It's a great amalgam of electronic guitar riffs, synthesizers pulsating moves matched with recurring percussions that makes ballistic concoction with boyishly toned voices. Javed Akhtar's meaningfully poetic moves unravels from making friends ('Jahaan muskurahatien hain bikhri, Jahaan se gum sa mausam gaya, Jahaan meethi baatein, Har ik ajnabi se ho') to spirit of bonding ('Gaaye naye naye geet, Khel aisa kyun na koi khele, Jisme sabhi ki ho jeet'), epitomizing the mindset of this youthful joy ride. On repetitive hearing, the breezy signature tune ('Kab tak giney, Hum dhadkne...) gets direct into senses and all-together gives a positive 'feel-good' feel of togetherness, overall an exceptionally fun-filled track that will be having maximum takers in weeks to come. Excellent!
Red-red tomato festival sparks blooms, the much-publicized track 'Ik Junoon (Paint it red),' arrives with its set of funky beats and grooves. S-E-L are back again with 'Ooh-aah' types of disco-jigs that forms a peppier prelude, mesmerizing out discotheque feel of their immensely popular 'Uff teri ada' (KARTIK CALLING KARTIK) and 'Where's the party tonight' (KABHI ALVIDA NA KEHNA) with feverish voices coming speedily in streams of DJ spins and electronically tuned sounds. It's fine collage of voices as singers like Vishal Dadlani, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Gulraj Singh, and Alyssa Mendonsa, club together to gyrate out an impulsive carnival feel. It bears a typical S-E-L stamp, a relatively familiar sounding track that is high on enthusiastic youthful spirits and is likely to be a rage on floors. This Spanish tomato feisty track gets its bouncy remix version in 'Ik Junoon (remix)', a racing thrilling disco-beat version that is contemporary in DJ antics and should work promisingly in the promotions of the flick. Rocking!
Scintillatingly stringy in instrumentals, the first Spanish binge arrives in soft-tender feminine dominated vocals with genteel breeze of light-hearted orchestrations in soothing 'Khabon Ke Parinday'. It sounds like much deserving sequel to S-E-L earlier composed 'Phir Dekhiye' (ROCK ON) with added innovative touches. Alyssa Mendonsa's light-breeze vocal ooze is really delightful and is mesmerized to deliver out an earthy country-western rock appeal. Javed Akhtar's aspiring wordings are simplistically penned and form buoyancy with the tender-light arrangements. Mohit Chauhan's brief rendition may not be as pleasing as Alyssa's breezy tones but is perfectly balanced in making this an 'easy-on-ears' duet.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is well-suited for the film with Dil Dhadakne Do being the best number. The songs sound much better on the big screen. Anand Subaya's editing is superb. Carlos Catalan's cinematography is mind-blowing. The sky diving sequence is awe-inspiring.
Abhay Deol delivers a fine performance. Hrithik Roshan proves yet again what a great actor he is! Note the scene after the deep sea diving experience. Farhan Akhtar gets the best lines (he has written the dialogues himself) and acts wonderfully. Watch out for the scene in which he meets Naseeruddin Shah. Katrina Kaif looks beautiful and acts well. Kalki Koechlin is fine in her small role. Naseeruddin Shah's cameo is passable.
Watch ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA to fall in love with zindagi (life) all over again!