Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara is one of the most beautiful films to have been made in Bollywood. It had great music, scenic locations, brilliant acting and a soul-stirring story.
The story revolved around three friends at a bachelor trip and how their life changes during that. The movie focused on how friendships can save you, how important it is to look beyond money, and how facing your fears might just make you appreciate life more.
Farhan Akhtar‘s character ‘Imran’ was a well-written character in the movie. We all know someone like that, don’t we? His character had layers, it was nuanced, funny and sensitive. A major contributor to his story and character was his biological father.
Before going on the trip, Imran is seen having a conversation with his mother Raahila played by Deepti Naval. In the scene, she asks him
” Tum Spain jaa rahe ho, yeh coincidence hai ya plan kiya?”
Artist in Spain, Salman Habib played by Naseeruddin Shah who turns out to be Imran’s biological father. The one who his mother got married to was a different man. A scene when the trio ends up in jail, Kabir said
“Sports day ho ya Parents day, humare parents aaye na aaye, tumhare abu hamesha aate the.”
We always used to wonder why there wasn’t a single scene with him in the movie. We came across a deleted scene from the movie, turns out Anupam Kher, Bollywood’s beloved dad, played the role of Farhan’s ‘Abu’.
In the deleted scene, Anupam Kher, Deepti Naval, and Farhan are sitting at the dinner table. There is a discussion taking place between Imran and his parents about his career choice of becoming a writer. His father, Anupam Kher clearly seems to be supportive but he also insists young Imran keeps his options open. Imran goes ahead and says that he does not want to do a 9 to 5 job and he can’t live a life like that.
Here is the deleted scene.
Had this scene made it to the final edit, it would have explained a lot about Imran’s character. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.