It’s been ~NINE~ years since this film came out and it STILL holds a very, very special place in our hearts, and here is why we still can’t get over this cinematic beauty !

three men standing near a car


I think, the reason why we all still come back to this film is ’cause we all took something from it the first time we watched it, and it has stayed with us after all these years.

Whether it’s Kabir ke paintre, or Laila ki wisdom, or Imran’s poetry, or Arjun FINALLY realizing the importance of just living in the moment. We’re too broke to actually go to Spain and do all this shit, but this film is a comfortable alternative for now. 🙂

4 people driving in a car


“Dilon mein tum apni betabiyaan leke chal rahe ho toh zinda ho tum. Nazar mein khwabon ki bijliyan leke chal rahe ho toh zinda ho tum.” Feels. Really. One reason why ZNMD will probably never get old is because of the intricate usage of Javed Akhtar’s poetry. Not just visually but aurally, ZNMD is probably one of the most aesthetic movies.

a man looking outside the window of a car on a drive


EVERY SONG IN THIS MOVIE IS A MASTERPIECE. Every single one. But special love for Khwabon Ke Parinday. It’s so, so beautiful! I can literally feel the wind in my hair and all the birds chirping around me.Very Happy-Go-Lucky-But-Life’s-Unfair-But-Look-The-Sun’s-Shining-Bright sort of vibe.

The only positive reinforcement I need.

4 people sitting in a car


“Insaan ko dibbe mein sirf tab hona chahiye jab woh mar chuka ho.” Wow. Literally, wiser words have never been spoken. We get so busy in the humdrum of tomorrows that we forget our todays, and Laila is a gentle reminder to take time out for things jisse hum actually khushi milti hai.

two people lying side by side on the ground looking up and talking


Also, why is Bagwati such an underrated character? She’s the OG of the film. Everytime I see a tanned coloured handbag, she comes to my mind. AND can we bring back Diamond Biscuits in the market with the tagline “Mummy Papa jab bhi laate saare bache khush ho jaate, toing toing.”

Genuinely, so full of life, 10/10 recommended.

a tan color bag adorned with a scarf and a man looking at it


One of my absolute favorite scenes from the movie is when Arjun gets back to boat after having experienced a life changing moment. He just sits there in tears, breathing in the moment, the presence, literally, for the first time a very long time.

The background music, Hrithik’s acting, the context, the visuals. Perfection.

You get goosebumps no matter how many times you watch it.

a man looking at a distant with ocean in the background


And this whole walking aimlessly in a strange city talking about life, career, death, love, and everything in between, and then sleeping under the stars. Very Before Sunrise-ish vibes. A dream date perhaps for a lot of us.

Love this sequence!

a man and a woman walking together


And when Imran genuinely asks for forgiveness.

I think this scene ties an overarching theme of forgiveness. In the starting of the film, Imran throws a sorry and asks “aur kitne baar bolna padega?” Arjun tells him “Tab tak jab tak dil nahi nikalta.” Imran doesn’t understand it until his father says sorry for abandoning him and his mother, and he echoes “sorry tab kahe jab dil se nikle”

Very beautifully done. Zoya Akhtar uff.

a man looking outside the window of a car listening to music on earphones


And this last scene with one final lesson for all us. We all have an invisible bull running behind us called time. So might as well do the things you truly wanna do, & say the things you truly wanna say, zyada se zyada kya hi hoga?!



Here’s to 9 years of this gem of a film!

gonna go watch it for 163th time. *Lo chali mai!*