Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (ZNMD), a phenomenal film, is a perfect salute to friendship and is on the personal favorite list of many like me. The film is shot in virgin locations of Spain, yet the beauty of the picturesque country is used only as a catalyst and not as a gimmick in this road flick. ZNMD is an honest story about love, friendship, choices, and the journey of life.
The film is about growing up, taking responsibility for one’s actions, courage for what you fear, seizing and living for the moment. The poems of Javed Akhtar add more beauty to the movie.
The film pulls you in, partly because of the frank, unvarnished performances by its leads- Farhan Akhtar, Hrithik Roshan, and Abhay Deol. Their trip to Spain is not just a trip, it’s a journey of the soul.
However, apart from the entertainment factor, it teaches us great life lessons. Here are 4 life lessons we can learn from the movie:
1. Happiness is in living in the present and not thinking of the future
Arjun, played by Hrithik in the movie, is workaholic and has the motto to make tons of money and retire at the age of 40, so he can enjoy his life after that, with financial freedom. But his sea-diving coach makes him realize that there is no surety of his living up to 40, and happiness is living in today. The happier our life becomes when we realize that life is not in chasing tomorrow but making the most of today.
Learn to live like the gushes of wind,
Learn to flow like the waves of sea,
Welcome every moment in life with open arms,
Every moment is a new beginning.
2. Overcome your fears to experience life to the fullest
When the group of three friends go for the trip, each of them decide to select an adventurous sport which had to be done by all three, no matter what! Each sport they try, tests their deepest fears. These sports (sky diving, sea diving, running of the bulls) make them realize that magic of life can’t be experienced if we stay boxed in fears. Hrithik is fearful of sea, but when he experiences deep sea diving, he feels peaceful and finds it as the best experience of his life.
Fear is only the hesitation to tread the unknown path
3. Money is not everything in life
This lesson is among the most relevant ones today. The workaholic Arjun, a financial trader in London, has no time for his girlfriend. He opts going on business trips over spending time with her. As a result, he loses her.
He works even when he is on the trip with friends. In a scene, he makes his friends stop the car in middle of a valley and uses his laptop to have video calls with his clients and team-members. If you’re one of his sort, you can utilize Skype for Business and other Microsoft Office 365 tools to manage your business on the go. But moderation in life is necessary. It’s important that you manage your work and your social life equally.
Getting back to the movie, it was on this trip only, he realizes that there is no point in making money at the cost of relationships; having comfort and luxury at the cost of unhealthy body; and fame at the cost of character.
Money can’t buy you happiness so take a break every once in a while, instead of being a total workaholic and do what makes you happy.
As quoted well by Dalai Lama, “Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”
4. You live only once, forgive and move on
As the title of the movie itself says, you live your life only once so live it to the fullest. Do what you heart says. Life is unpredictable. Why leave life’s important lessons to tomorrow? Why think negatives and fear the what-ifs?
“One day you will wake up & there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” ― Paulo Coelho
It’s easier in life if you simply forgive people who hurt you and move on in your life. It’s in human nature to make mistakes. There’s a reason why human beings are called social – if one keeps on carrying grudges, he/she is bound to become lonelier. In the movie, Imran, played by Farhan Akhtar, realizes about how his actions must have hurt Arjun for having a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, when his reel father Salman, played by Naseeruddin Shah, reveals that he had left him and his mom as he didn’t want to take his responsibility.
This confession, although hurts Imran, but lifts his emotional baggage, he understands how relationships can take one on an emotional roller coaster ride. He apologizes to Arjun and seeks his forgiveness. Arjun seeing his friend sad, understands and forgives him and life takes a turn for the better for both from here.
That’s our take on the movie, let us know what you liked about the movie. Waiting for your comments.
Virendra Soni, an Electronics engineer, is a technical content writer and blogger. Other than technical content, he likes to pen down what he observes. In leisure, Virendra loves to read books, watching cricket, and listening to music. Reach him on Instagram @theburning.desirer