“Pighlay neelam sa behta hua yeh samaan, Neeli neeli si khamoshiyaan..” Ketchup Cut discusses one of the most enchanting scenes from the crowd favourite movie by Zoya Akhtar, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
When we speak of the impact that a movie has on its audience, we speak about this leaving us with a need to do something that we wouldn’t have thought of, to start looking at things differently and also to realize the things that we are missing in life. Movies that talk about friendship always have a special place reserved in our hearts. It’s a way of appreciating the wonderful humans we are friends with. In today’s Ketchup Cut, we will be discussing a scene from one of the most celebrated movies about friendship, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara aka ZNMD. The movie complete 10 years and still creates the same impact that it did when we watched it for the first time.
The movie is an ‘I need a break from my life, ‘I miss my friends’ kind of movie that will give you what you need in the middle of crime thrillers and mysteries. It’s filled with scenes that leave an intense level of dopamine in our body but one that takes the cake is the ‘scuba diving’ scene.
About the movie:
Director – Zoya Akhtar
Cast – Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin
Writer – Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti
Where to watch – Netflix
The movie is about a lot of things and one of them is facing one’s fears. Who would have thought a movie about three rich best friends traveling to Spain for a bachelor party would leave us collecting our thoughts about life? The indication of having to face fears while dealing with broken friendships, work, and finding your way to who you used to be before life happened, makes the whole movie an experience in itself.
Hrithik Roshan plays the character of Arjun, a career-driven workaholic who has his own issues. But instead of dealing with them, he buries himself in work and fills that void every time with making more money. He represents a man running a rat race wanting to be the best with money being the ultimate measure of success. The ambition to find peace outside his office and to explore is long lost in his life. And in between living this monotonous life, he finds himself traveling to Spain to be with his friends, who happen to be the exact opposite of who he is, the perfect alkaline that a boring person like himself needs. The scene that many of us might find to be the most impactful has to be the scuba diving scene.
This one is the ultimate breaking point in Arjun’s life who happens to have aquaphobia. For him it’s not just a dive into the ocean, it’s about facing his fears and realizing the precious life that he has. The ocean is his grief, resentment, mistakes, and the simple pleasure of his life that he chooses to ignore all this while. The scene was also a reminder to us that each breath is a new life and that we should count on them while enjoying the things that we have. After he’s done with the dive, we can feel the relief on his face, the tiny tear of joy and the aura of a changed person. Back it up with Javed Akhtar’s poems recited by Farhan Akhtar and we have an incredible moment.
While sharing the story behind Bagwati becoming a part of the movie, Zoya said, “That comes from Reema Kagti and a close friend of ours. We were on a road trip and they kept talking to their bag and they just created this character. And it came from there and we put it into the movie.” Watch her interview with Midday India.
A sequel for the movie has been in talks for a long while. Zoya Akhtar had an idea of making a sequel to Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara that would be set five or six years after the events depicted in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and that the characters would be older and would have a reason to go on another trip.
The initial title of the movie was supposed to be ‘Running with the Bulls’. Later the title of the movie was chosen from Farhan Akhtar’s song ‘Rock On’ which had the lyrics ‘Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara’.
In contradiction to the characters, Farhan Akhtar is actually a certified skydiver while Hrithik Rosha is a certified scuba diver.
Before finalizing this cast, Shah Rukh Khan, Vivek Oberoi, and Hrithik Roshan were considered for the roles.
The crew created the whole Tomatino festival as the scene was shot during the off-season.
The mayor of the town Alájar, Andalucia was featured in the song Senorita.
Awards and recognition:
- 59th National Film Awards: Won Best Audiography and Best Choreography categories.
- Filmfare Awards won Best Film and Best Director
- Stardust Awards won Best Film and Best Director
- Zee Cine Awards won Best Film and Best Director
- IIFA Awards won Best Film and Best Director
- Screen Awards won Best Film and Best Director
- Asian Film Awards won Best Film and Best Director
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