Year of release: 2011
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Actors: Hrithik Roshan, Farkhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol, Katrina Kaif, Kalki Koechlin
ZNMD i.e. Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara is a trend setter in the category of Bollywood travel movies. Its an engaging journey of three friends through the rustic cities of Spain. They explore the cities, their selves, their relations and friendship. This movie take their friendship on the next level. You cant see the bromance in the trio. Their friendship is as pure as the wind they flunk in.
The three dashing heroes of the film: Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Abhay Deol are shown skydiving in Seville, scuba diving in Costa Brava, running with the bulls in Pamplona and getting busted with tomatoes at the La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival in Bunol. The movie was highly appreciated by youngsters. It also boosted the tourism traffic in Spain by 32% post release. The success of the movie led to be enlisted as a case study in Marketing Management Courses in Spain colleges. Following this, the Barcelona tourism department carved out a special ZNMD tour for a day. The tour takes you to the beaches and hotels in Barcelona where ZNMD was shot in just 89 Euros per person.
Montserrat Mountains, Catalonia, Spain
Arjun played by Hrithik Roshan is shown as a workaholic man. Even on the trip he is shown engaged in work time to time. In one such incident, he is shown taking a video call with his Japanese clients. There his friends are shown making fun of this ‘buoy’. The majestic Montserrat Mountains in the background leave us with a simple question: how can anyone think of working around such a beautiful landscape?
Serra de Rubio Windfarm, Igualada, Spain
Scene where Farhan throws Hrithik’s cell phone out of the car. And Hrithik get mad at him. Later he gifts him a pink phone saying Mushi Mushi!
Lloret de Mar Beach, Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain
Costa Brava is situated just 75 km from Barcelona. The Lloret de Mar beach is a nude beach in Spain. During filming, it was embarrassing for the crew to shoot there, as the beach was full of naked people. The crew had to look each frame carefully as they couldn’t afford the nude people seen in the movie, for fear of the Indian censor board.
It’s the beach where they first meet Laila played by Katrina Kaif. Hrithik is shown attracted towards her and Farhan tries to flirt with her. Here they don’t know that she will be their Skooba diving trainer.
La Tomatina Festival, Buñol, Valencia Community, Spain
How will you feel if you could celebrate holi twice in year? The people from Buñol celebrated their regional holi i.e. La Tomatina Festival twice in 2010. Once for Spain and once for India. The whole festival was re-created and almost sixteen tons on tomatoes were flown in from Portugal for the shoot. The song Ik Junoon was shot on the background of this festival.
Skydive Empuriabrava, Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain
Skydiving from a plane as suggested by Arjun was shot at Skydive Empuribrava, in Costa Brava in Spain.
While shooting Farhan Akhtar used to throw himself off a plane at every opportunity he got and in fact he clocked in about 200 jumps and became a certified diver.
Rio Tinto Mines, Huelva Province, Spain
Scene where Katrina kisses Hrithik before the Khwabon Ke Parindey song was shot here. They share a passionate kiss at a hot location!
Alájar, Huelva, Andalusia, Spain
The song “Señorita”, was shot in Alájar, a town located in the province of Huelva. The locals and Mayor of Alájar can be seen in their traditional costumes in the song. The crew warned about the loud sound of the song to the locals in advance as the song took almost three nights to complete. For the vocals of the Flamenco song “Señorita”, the trio roped in Maria del Mar Fernández, a Spanish Flamenco singer, who made her singing debut with the film. Also Hrithik, Abhay and Farhan themselves lent their voices to this song. The song has many Spanish words which later turned into parody by many in various Indian regional languages.
Ronda (White Village), Malaga, Andalusia, Spain
The beautiful village of Ronda full of white quaint houses can be seen is located only 45 minutes from Marbella. Imraan’s (Farhan Akhtar) father Salman Habib (Naseeruddin Shah) is shown living here. The entrance to Ronda is through a breath-taking bridge.
Bardenas Reales, Spain
The trio spend a night at this particular location in their car after they leave from Salman Habib’s village. The area is considered as semi-desert natural region. Here Imraan gets closer to his true self. He apologises to his mother and Arjun for his mistakes. In morning Kabir has a small fight with his fiancée and they leave for their next destination.
Hotel Don Jilton, Bunyol, Spain
During the trip Hrithik realises that there is something wrong with Abhay. So he and Farhan asks Abhay whether whether he is happy with Natasha or not. Abhay clarifies that he is happy but deep within he knowns that its not true. This ‘confrontation’ happens in a hotel room at Bunyol.
The Pamplona Bull Run, San Fermin Festival, Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
The trio is shown participating in various adventure sports throughout the movie. The Pamplona Bull Run (Encierro), which is a part of the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain is shown as their last spot. Inspired from this climax plot, the film was initially titled ‘Running With The Bulls’. But ZNMD got its way. The trio is shown running for their lives infront of a dozens of angry bulls. The poetry recitation in the background surely leaves you with goosebumps.