Some films arrive too late in the day. Not only because they have taken a long time to hit the screens, but also because the original source [THE NOTEBOOK] and also its Hindi inspiration [Ajay Devgn's directorial debut U ME AUR HUM] continue to be fresh to this date. ZINDAGI TERE NAAM, directed by Ashu Trikha, suffers for this reason. The only aspect that stays with you are some tender moments between Mithun Chakraborty and Ranjeeta, who re-unite on the big screen after a hiatus.
Mr. Singh, an ordinary man with an ordinary life, vividly recreates a story of a couple, Siddharth and Anjali. From Dalhousie to Chandigarh, the two stories of romance run parallel right through and unfold to show the true emotions of the couples.
ZINDAGI TERE NAAM unfolds at a leisurely pace and while the love story of the young pair isn't attention grabbing, it's the story of the elder generation that has some poignant moments that stay with you. Especially the final moments of the film, which are truly absorbing. Director Ashu Trikha shows his expertise in these scenes. The music is plain ordinary, while the outdoor locales are eye-filling.
The two veterans, Mithun and Ranjeeta, dominate the show with competent performances. It's a treat watching them on screen again. The young couple, Aseem Ali Khan and Priyanka Mehta, is ordinary at best. Dia Mirza's dance appears forced.
On the whole, ZINDAGI TERE NAAM, a dated film, arrives without much awareness and will, therefore, go unnoticed.