Release Date: 15 Jul 2011
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Producer: Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Music Director: Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa
Story: Kabir’s (Abhay Deol) just proposed to his girlfriend Natasha (Kalki Koechlin), but before he gets married, he wants to celebrate his bachelor’s party. Now he wants a special bachelor’s party which involves an extended road trip in picturesque Spain with best buddies, writer Imraan (Farhan Akhtar) and stock broker Arjun (Hrithik Roshan). The trip begins and the trio meet a host of interesting people which includes Laila (Katrina Kaif), the delightful diving instructor. But more interestingly, they learn to combat their insecurities, fears and shed the emotional baggage of the past in what turns out to be a coming-of-age trip for the threesome.
Movie Review: Zoya Akhtar’s Spain odyssey demands just one thing from you: that you slip into adventure mode and then go with the flow…. Rest assured, you’re in for a merry ride, with loads of thrills, emotional banter, romance and camaraderie between a host of characters who seem to be having as much fun as you.
There seems to be one small little snag however. The first half of the film is low on drama and proceeds as a touristy piece on Spain. You do get somewhat restless watching the three friends check in and out of hotels, rent cars, play juvenile pranks and indulge in traditional adventure sports like deep sea diving and sky diving. Of course, there is a lot of friendly bantering too between the friends, as Farhan Akhtar and Hrithik Roshan battle ghosts from the past. And yes, a dash of romance as Katrina sashays into their life as the free-spirited waif with a wild side to her winsome self.
It’s the second half of the film which emerges as a scintillating insight into friendship, emotional growth and bonding. All the three protagonists use the trip to exorcise ghosts from the past and emerge as free, unburdened souls who are ready to face life with renewed vigour. And the bull run at the end of the film becomes a metaphor for the unburdening of repressed fears and unresolved conflicts. But the beauty of the film lies in the fact that it handles all this emotional funda in a poetic, lighthearted, breezy style which brings a smile to your face.
In terms of performances, it’s hard to pinpoint your favourite since all three pitch in stellar acts. If Abhay is the anchor of the group, Farhan’s funster role is full of beans and Hrithik’s metamorphosis from uptight, money-minded stock broker to carefree vagabond is a class act. Katrina is her usual effervescent self while Kalki is cute, despite being heralded with a `chudail alert’ (witch alert). Added embellishments are the pacy dialogues (Farhan Akhtar), the magnificent poetry (Javed Akhtar) and the rich cinematography (Carlos Catalan) which transforms Spain into vistas of colour.