Cast: Irrfan Khan, Chitrangda Singh, Arunoday Singh, Aditi Rao, Saurabh Shukla, Vipin Sharma, Yashpal Sharma, Sushant Singh, Prashant Narayanan
Music: Nishat Khan
Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
Dialogues: Manu Rishi & Sudhir Mishra
Story, Screenplay, Direction: Sudhir Mishra
Are you interested in a break from so called beautified commercial cinema where extra effort is poured in to make things far away from the real life, then director Sudhir Mishra’s Yeh Saali Zindagi is an answer to all your temptations? Yes, Sudhir has done an excellent job in portraying the characters and the city that is as close as real life. There are no extra efforts put in for garnishing or dressing up the characters. Sudhir Mishra is not a new person in handling the favorite theme of Bollywood which medleys love and gangsters. He handled this subject well in his earlier flick Is Raat Ki Subah Nahi, where the love and Mumbai’s underworld was handled with extreme sensitivity of direction. This time Sudhir is choosing Delhi’s shady areas, he captures the city and creates picturesque visuals that highlights the tranquility being in turmoil.
The story of the film is extremely entertaining and also lets viewers shake their intelligence to catch the raw dialogues and understand the linguistics. Sudhir is good in making the viewers think at every point of the screenplay, so as to make the viewers get the rollercoaster ride rather than giving them the experience that they can predict easily. The story starts with a gangster Arun (Irfan Khan) who is working for Saurabh Shukla. Arun in the flow of the story gets in love with Priti (Chitrangda Singh) and wants to save her but for saving her he need to save the man she loves-the future son in law of a powerful and corrupt chief minister named Shayam. The irrationality and one sidedness of his love creates ripples and escalates him towards calamity. On the other hand side his Kuldeep (Arunoday Singh) who kidnaps Shayam and is sailing in the parallel boat. He suspects his wife will leave him as she threatens him occasionally for that. His part of life is oscillating between a worried wife Aditi Rao Hyadri and the two gangster brothers Yashpal Sharma and Prashant Narayanan. Priti finds herself in mess and expects a help from Arun, who has to risk everything to save her. Sushant Singh a corrupt police officer also adds on to the army of crooks. Thus the story moves interestingly giving viewers a bumpy ride where of the character swindles with each other to get the final result.
The charisma of Irfan Khan proves his international demand and ability, not only him but Arunoday Singh also adds little bit of his individuality this time and strength to the character, he seemsto be more natural this time. The female leads too are very interesting. Chitrangda has portrayed well a mad, selfish and a person with some dangerous instincts. Whereas, Aditi too is best suiting as a worried wife who is strong and soft. She never hesitates to beat her husband boldly in public and at the same time loves him with true heart. The shady character of Saurabh Sukhla is fun to watch.
The romance between Arunoday and Aditi is a treat as they make record with more than 22 kisses. The silent chemistry between Irfan and Chitrangda shows as if he is seriously in love with her in real life too. The esthetic and raw, shady life of Delhi city which has an array of politicians with farmhouses, Swiss bank accounts and criminals from Tihar Jail, all looks very natural and realistic. The music is good with Saali as the best track. The background music goes well and engages the viewers.
The city scenes gets chaotic and confusing and sometimes annoy the viewers. The story gets messy as it involves so many characters. The viewers find it difficult to relate to a particular character, thus the screenplay is messy.
Yeh Saali Zindagi is not a bad choice but the viewers need little bit patience to cherish the good work of Sudhir Mishra. You need to use your mind at certain situations to understand the flow of the story. If your are lacking on the virtues of patience then keep the film to be seen in a world’s premier show in the coming months.