A movie that inspired many to give a call to their college best friends and convince them for a trip abroad, “Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara” completes 8 years today. The trio of Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol and Farhan Akhtar showed many the unique bond between different characters. The evolution of a workaholic Hrithik into a man who finally falls in love with life gave hope to many corporate employees. Farhan’s eccentric character was meant to touch those who wanted to be free spirited but required some serious grounding of the mind too. While Abhay Deol was portraying the man without whom the whole idea of the trip would never have happened. Just like that one friend without whom your plans just don’t materialize, and somehow he convinces even the most reluctant people to be a part of the plan. As beautiful as the movie was, there were a lot of unknown facts that we unearthed about it, read on to know more.



  1. Farhan Akhtar’s adoptive father, referred in the movie as Abu or Faisal, was played by Anupam Kher. The reason we don’t see him in the movie is because his part was edited out of the final cut.
  2. The original script of the movie was done keeping in mind Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Vivek Oberoi.
  3. Hrithik was originally charted in for the role of Abhay Deol in the movie, but it had to be changed.
  4. Zoya Akhtar wanted the younger crop of Imran Khan and Ranbir Kapoor to be in the movie.
  5. The character of Mr. Dubey, the teacher with the accent that the characters keep making fun of, is inspired by Farhan Akhtar’s teacher from his school.
  6. Imran or Farhan Akhtar’s character is scared of skydiving but the actor is a certified sky diver.
  7. Arjun or Hrithik Roshan’s character is afraid of scuba diving but in fact, Hrithik is a certified scuba diver.
  8. And finally Farhan Akhtar’s lines that he recites throughout the movie is the poetry written by his father Javed Akhtar.