Director: Sudhir Mishra
Producer: Prakash Jha
Banner: Cine Raas Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Prakash Jha Productions
Music Director: Nishat Khan
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Star Cast: Irrfan Khan, Arunoday Singh, Chitrangda Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Saurabh Shukla, Sushant Singh, Yashpal Sharma, Prashant Narayan, Vipin Sharma, Vipul Gupta
February 4, 2011
After winning countless accolades and honors for his hard-hitting and real-life plots, one naturally expects Sudhir Mishra to get better and better, movie after movie. And that’s exactly what he perfectly portrays this week with his dark-romantic-thriller ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ (YSZ). With a hatke title just like Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Kaminey’ or Sagar Bellary’s ‘Bheja Fry’, this promising filmmaker hits bull’s-eye with YSZ, delivering some cheesy, audacious, and chatty dialogues, compelling you to keep your seats warm for the entire 130-minute affair. But what drags the plot down to attaining just 3 stars is the confusing saga and the exceptionally long-stretching time, that could have been cut short, for a more crisp and flawless delivery. This frenzied thriller accounts a tale of two men trying their luck at winning their respective ladies and the extreme lengths they go on for achieving the same.
Beginning with Irrfan Khan as Arun, he is a kinda shady fixer working under yet-another shady figure, Saurabh Shukla as Mehta. Until the movie reaches the climax, you’ll keep wondering what kind of business are these two men involved in. Perhaps, all you can deduce is some weird combo of real estate and money laundering through thuggish operations. Arun loses his heart on the bold and vivacious Priti (Chitrangda) Singh, who is into a relationship with another man. This one-sided irrational love affair lands him into an expected turmoil. Meanwhile, criminal-trying-to-go-straight Kuldeep makes efforts to get vehement and strengthen his relationship with harried wife. And so are rebellious step-brothers Yashpal Sharma and Prashant Narayanan. If that’s not all, corrupt cop Sushant Singh adds to the otherwise numerous wicked yet intriguing tales that are already running.
While it was the fierce portrayal of Mumbai underworld in ‘Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin’, the director chose to give a scoop of the capital’s rough and shady suburbs this time. Glamorous Chitrangda strikes off with a great performance and so does the charming Arunoday. But it is Irrfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla, and Sushant Singh who proved to be life savers for YSZ with their forceful and delighting acts. But, one can only wonder what made Aditi Rao Hydari to sign this dark-romantic movie. Ahh! Probably this came as the golden opportunity to outnumber the number of lip-locks once donned by Mallika Sherawat and Himanshu Malik in their debut ‘Khwahish’. Those 17 kisses have been confidently overpowered by 22 smooches!
Kudos to cinematographer Sachin Kumar Krishnan who captures Delhi marvelously, with ultimate perfection and precision! The magnificent picturesque visuals will surely make you fall in love with Delhi, once again. Sudhir wears multiple hats that of being a script writer and director with precision. Plus, he even shares the credit of coming up with iniquitous and desi-Delhi dialogues, along with the impeccable Manu Rishi. The peppy and fantastic music of Nishat Khan and Swanand Kirkire is worth watching! Do not miss the Saali, illustrating various moods! Had YSZ been a little shorter and less flabby, it would have been enough to hit all the high marks that it had set for itself. But surely, it has all the sparks and twinkles to crackle and entertain you truly.
If you are game for romance, intimacy, suspense, murder, thrill, and most, of all, unlimited chaos, then ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ should be on your movie cards this weekend!
Yeh Saali Zindagi Pre-release Review
Renowned for making impressive and thoughtful story-lines with unexpected endings, award winner Sudhir Mishra is back again with an eccentric romantic thriller ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’. Written and directed by Sudhir Mishra himself, the star cast of the film boasts of the very vivacious Chitrangda Singh, along with Irrfan Khan, Arunoday Singh, Saurabh Shukla, Sushant Singh, and others. Presented under the banners Cine Raas Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Prakash Jha Productions, the movie is produced by the unbeatable Prakash Jha. The lively yet soulful music has been composed by the celebrated sitar player Nishat Khan while the lyrics have been penned by Swanand Kirkire. ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ is slated for a February 4, 2011 release.
‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’ takes you through turmoil of love, passion, power, money, and lots of goons. The plot talks of Arun (Irrfan Khan) who loves Priti (Chitrangda Singh), but has to save her in order to try his luck at winning his ladylove. But it’s Shyam (Vipul Gupta) whom Priti is interested in. So, it is Shyam who is to be saved first as he is the future son in law of a powerful minister. To add more chaos to this otherwise confusing drama, Kuldeep (Arunoday Singh) has been threatened by his wife to leave him forever; lest he doesn’t do his job loyally. This induces Kuldeep to suspect her of running into another man’s arms. Unaware of the fact that Priti and Shyam have separated and that she and her dad are least bothered whether Shyam survives or not, only add to the entire pandemonium.
Now will Arun risk his life to save Priti despite the fact that she doesn’t even give him a damn? Or will his true and deep love force him into this deadly racket? While Shyam is making all efforts to escape from his captivity and Kuldeep ensures that no step of his turns incorrect, there are dons landing down straight from Bangkok. Will love kill Arun or save Priti? Or will Kuldeep succeed in dedicatedly fulfilling his job to win back his wife? With hard-hitting and meaningful films like ‘Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi’, ‘Main Zinda Hoon’, ‘Calcutta Mail’, and ‘Chameli’ in his kitty, we can only keep our fingers crossed and expect the same praiseworthy accolades for this unusual saga as well. Come 4th February 2011 and you’ll soon be out of this unexpected thriller.