Films come and go, but there are certain films that make a home in your heart for a lifetime. Each year, the Hindi cinema produces a huge number of films, and so does Hollywood and regional cinema. Out of so much content we watch, there's something that touches our mind and heart. And Zoya Akhtar's 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' was one such film.
Released in 2011, ZNMD starred Hrithik Roshan (Arjun), Abhay Deol (Kabir), and Farhan Akhtar (Imran) in lead roles. The film was based on three friends- Arjun, Imran, Kabir who went on a vacation to Spain. The film taught me certain lessons back then, and it continues to teach me now.
It is one film that I watch every year not because I am a die-hard fan of the cast, but because it touches my soul. There are certain lessons that I keep on learning from the film and probably most of us who have watched it.
1- Stop spoiling your present, to make your future better
There have been days when we get worried about our future and start compromising our present. Future planning is not a bad thing to do, but spoiling your present isn't good either. Katrina Kaif who plays the role of Laila says, "Seize The Day My Friend … Pehle Is Din Ko Poori Tarah Jiyo, Phir Chalis Ke Bare Mein Soochna…"
It makes me realise that I should also work on making my current day better because I am not sure 'Kal Ho Naa Ho'.
2- Listen To Your Heart
Life is too short to live with regrets. Call the person you miss, open your heart to people who love, and follow your passion. Katrina played the lively character who was making the most of her life. She believed in Adventures and Surprises. She followed Arjun just to kiss him and show her love for him because living with regrets was not her thing.
3- Move out of your comfort zone and face your fears:
The film beautiful taught us the lesson that stepping out of our comfort zone is necessary. The three boys picked the adventure sports to let the fear go from their hearts. Arjun had a fear of water, but after he went for the scuba diving, he felt the most lively. Same happened with Imran and Kabir in other sports.
4- Face the truth, Don't run away from it:
Moving on is really hard in life. There are no specific steps for the same, but once you do, you start living again. Imran was stuck with the truth of his father and once he faced it, it was easy for him to move on.
Imran and Arjun underwent a sourness in their friendship after Imraan had an affair with Arjun's girlfriend. They did not talk to each other for years. But eventually, they faced each other and moved on.
5- Take a trip:
We are so stuck with our work and family commitments that we forget to live our lives. We often hesitate taking leaves from work because it means a reduction in salary at the end of the month plus the increased expenses for the trip. We do not realise that our work is eating our mind making us robots. Travel is a solution to all our problems. It refreshes our soul from within.
6- Money is important, but it can't buy you happiness for long:
No doubt money is important which helps you in fulfilling basic amenities in life and helps in leading a comfortable life. But is that it? We often come across people saying on the web "Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy Pizza/Lamborghini (etc etc) which is kinda same."
Katrina as Laila said, "Kabhi Pay Check Milte Waqt … Tumhare Aankhon Mein Aasun Aye Hai?"
We need to spend time with people we love, visit places we desire, do things we love along with earning money. Somewhere between running behind money and filling our bank account, we forget the people who matter.
7- Never lose the child within you:
Remember how the three friends played the pranks in Spain which they used to do in their college life. They were hesitant at first, but after re-living the child within them, they felt the happiest.
8- Learn to Apologize and Learn to Forgive:
Imran and Arjun who were once best friends started hating each other after dating the same girl. They did not talk for years. But eventually, they moved on. It is sometimes important to apologize, and it is equally important to forgive too. Why live the life with burden in our hearts dude?
I keep on learning a new aspect every time I watch it. What have you learned? Share with us in the comment section.