Business rating: 1 star
Star cast: Irrfan Khan, Chitrangda Singh, Arunoday Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Saurabh Shukla, Sushant Singh, Vipul Gupta.
What’s Good: The dialogues; the acting.
What’s Bad: The complicated screenplay.
Verdict: Yeh Saali Zindagi is for the classes only, but the language used is for the masses.
Loo break: If you take a loo break, you will find it even more difficult to understand what’s going on.
Watch or Not? If you are a fan of Sudhir Mishra’s cinema, go for it. Enjoy the cuss words!
Cine Raas Entertainment Pvt. Ltd., Prakash Jha Productions and Mystic Movies’ Yeh Saali Zindagi (A) is a quirky love story made as a thriller. It moves on several tracks. Arun (Irrfan Khan) loves Priti (Chitrangda Singh) but she has now fallen in love with Shyam (Vipul Gupta). Shyam, in turn, is engaged to be married to Anjali, the daughter of a powerful minister. Arun works for Mehta (Saurabh Shukla), a power broker in Delhi.
Kuldeep (Arunoday Singh), a gangster, is just out of jail and is on his last job as he is very scared of his wife, Shanti (Aditi Rao Hydari), leaving him if he doesn’t mend his ways. Kuldeep kidnaps Shyam and Priti, assuming the latter to be the former’s fiancée. The intention is to demand a hefty ransom amount and also the release of Bade (Yashpal Sharma) who was Kuldeep’s friend in jail, from the minister to secure the release of the kidnapped twosome. Bade is to be bumped off because his younger brother, Chhote (Prashant Naryanan), wants so. Soon, the misunderstanding about Priti being Shyam’s lover and not his fiancée is cleared but still, Kuldeep hopes the minister would pay the ransom money and facilitate the release of Bade from prison in return for his to-be son-in-law’s freedom. Priti goes to Anjali and her father, asking for the favours but they are not interested in securing the freedom of Shyam as they have nothing to do with him. But Priti, madly in love with Shyam, wants his safety – and also her own.
Arun steps in to help Priti. But isn’t he jealous of Priti’s closeness to Shyam? Will he still help Priti? Will Kuldeep kill Bade who had help- ed him escape from jail? Will he release Shyam and Priti? Will Kuldeep’s wife walk out on him or will she wait for him to turn over a new leaf?
Script and Screenplay – Yeh Saali Zindagi Review
Sudhir Mishra’s script is quite complicated for two main reasons: one, there are too many tracks in the story and too many characters; secondly, a lot of things are not spelt out clearly because of which the viewer gets confused about the intention behind the action of some of the characters. The screenplay as well as Mishra’s narrative style are of the kind which would appeal more to the class audience, yet, the dialogues (penned by Sudhir Mishra and Manu Rishi), are full of profanities and four-letter words, which would find more acceptance among the masses. So, there’s an anomaly: while the script is class-appealing, the dialogues are very mass-appealing.
Star Performances – Yeh Saali Zindagi Review
Irrfan Khan lives his role. He does a marvellous job and mouths the dialogues abounding in four-letter words with such flourish that it’s a delight to watch him on the screen. Chitrangda Singh is quite good although her grey character may not be appreciated by many. Arunoday Singh makes a good mark with his acting as well as screen presence. Aditi Rao Hydari plays his dominating wife to perfection. Saurabh Shukla lives his role of a power broker. He is excellent. Sushant Singh is wonderful as police officer Satbeer. Vipin Sharma evokes laughter in the scenes in which he mouths dialogues in broken English. Vipul Gupta does a fair job. Yashpal Sharma is very effective. Prashant Narayanan is also very good. Others lend the requisite support.
Direction, Music & Action – Yeh Saali Zindagi Review
Sudhir Mishra’s direction doesn’t do much to reduce the confusion created in the minds of the viewers due to his complicated script. His narration is fast-paced and quite effective but mainly for the city-based audience. Nishat Khan and Abhishek Ray’s music goes with the mood of the film. From the box-office point of view, the songs add little commercial value. Lyrics (by Swanand Kirkire and Manvendra) are good. Sachin Kumar Krishnan’s cinematography is very fine. Action scenes are well-composed.
The Last Word
On the whole, Yeh Saali Zindagi is an average entertainer which will suffer at the box-office on account of a complicated script. Its bold dialogues and the performances of its cast members are its biggest plus points.