-->''Did you have to say Bollywood? I hate that term!"
-->--'''Neena Walia'''

-->''Success and failure are just choices you make."
-->--'''Vikram Jaisingh'''

Highly meta film about the Mumbai film industry (don't call it {{Bollywood}}!) from the perspective of everyone from struggling newbie actors to famous producers. A commercial failure, but it's on its way to becoming a cult film favorite. One thing is certain: [[AllStarCast this movie sure had a lot of cameos]].

!!Contains the following tropes:

* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: [[spoiler: While probably very fond of Sona, Vikram still doesn't waste any time hitting on Nikki when he's apart from his girlfriend.]]
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Vikram was probably always a little narcissistic.
* AdamWesting: Sanjay Kapoor is having a whale of a time parodying himself as brother of a successful film personality who is riding his coat-tails.
* AlwaysSecondBest: Sona always plays this characters in movies, much to her annoyance.
* ArcWords: See the second quote on the top of the page.
* ALighterShadeOfGrey: [[spoiler: While not taking it to the extent of many other characters in this movie, Sona has done pretty sketchy things in order to make it in the industry.]]
* AsHimself: Half of the "characters" in this film fulfill this trope.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: [[spoiler: Are there any happy couples in this film?]]
* AllStarCast: There are approximately a dozen cameos a minute. This is an oddly rewarding experience if you're at all familiar with famous people in bollywood.
* BittersweetEnding: [[AWorldHalfFull Happiness doesn't always come from the expected sources.]]
* [[HollywoodHomely Bollywood Homely]]: Sona
* CastingGag: "You're like a father to me, Rommy." - RanbirKapoor (playing himself) talking to Rommy Rolly, who was played by ... [[RealLifeRelative his real life father]]. Dur hur.
* ConvictedByPublicOpinion: Right before his first movie releases, Vikram endures a slew of bad PR. [[spoiler: It's all true, and the movie is a hit because people go to see the movie out of curiosity.]]
* CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming: ''Yeh Zindagi Bhi'' is a five minute long love letter to the crew of bollywood films.
* DawsonCasting: Farhan Akhtar as a "26-year-old." He is very handsome, but... No.
* DesignatedHero: Vikram. [[spoiler: Subverted in that the movie plays with expectations that the male lead is the main character. The big reveal in the end is that Sona is the author backed role.]]
* DidNotGetTheGirl: Apparently [[ItsWhatIDo advice]] from Creator/ShahRukhKhan ''can'' fail!
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Sona is happy and content at the end, but only after 1. sleeping with a director who refuses to actually secure her a role she wants 2. In turn being cheated on by her boyfriend 3. having all of these details broadcast throughout magazines and tabloids.]]
* {{Earworm}}: Baawre, baawre, baaaaaaaawre! *Shimmy shimmy shimmy*
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Who knew Creator/HrithikRoshan could be ''that'' intentionally hilarious?
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: [[spoiler: Vikram becomes famous through extremely underhanded means, while Sona gains a moderate amount of success through less manipulative methods. Both are portrayed as essentially correct decision under their particular views of happiness and success.]]
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Neena Wallia. Though, like many characters in this movie, she is depicted with some sympathy.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: Sona does an extremely mild version of this to Vikram when he asks for forgiveness. With good reason.]]
* HeyItsThatGuy!: Boman Irani!
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma and Hrihik Roshan are all star kids, and their characters would probably hate the actors that portray them. Likewise, Isha Sharvani (who plays the actress starring in ''Dil Ki Aag'') has minimal industry connections.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Sona, by the time Vikram arrives in Mumbai.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: It's up to the audience to decide whether Vikram is this.]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: [[spoiler: Ultimately, Sona goes this route.]]
* LittleMissSnarker: Sona.
-->''I said 'why not?'"
* {{Melodrama}}: The plot of ''Dil Ki Aag'' in general.
* MetaGuy: Zaffar pointing out the flaws in Ranjit's script.
* MinorInsultMeltdown: Vikram has one of these in the first half. Though his roommate ''was'' kind of being a {{jerkass}}.
* OneSceneWonder: Anurag Kashyap (probably playing himself) trying to change the ending of ''Dil Ki Aag''. In a movie full of memorable cameos, his still was one of the fan favorites.
* SecondActBreakUp: Literally, given the way most bollywood films are structured around an intermission.
* SlaveToPR: Pretty much all characters in this movie. Careers are made and destroyed based on publicity and connections.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: All over the damn place.
* SubvertedTrope: Many. [[spoiler: Particularly in regard to what the audience expects from lead characters.]]
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse: [[spoiler: Vikram is hot, which is a slight aversion, but that's not the point because many people trying to break into Bollywood are attractive in this film. He's able to rather cruelly manipulate pretty much everyone he meets in order to score the lead role in what proves to be a successful film. And no one, except probably Neena, expects a thing!]]
* UpperClassTwit: Nikki Walia. Though she did [[ObfuscatingStupidity have plans to be a vet]].
** In movies, she plays TheIngenue.)
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