What to look out for: Arunoday Singh
What not to look out for: Loose performances, because there are none.
Every once in a while there comes along a film that is entertaining, thrilling, witty and still has enough depth to keep you enthralled. “Yeh Saali Zindagi” falls in that category. With a rustic Dilli appeal, it is bound to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Narrated from Irrfan Khan’s point of view (and you wouldn’t have it any other way), “Yeh Salli Zindagi” deals with Arun (Irrfan Khan), who works for Mehta (Saurabh Shukla) and his investment firm. That is where Arun meets Priti (Chitrandga Singh) who is a client. It’s love at first sight for Arun. Preeti, however, falls in love with Shyam (Vipul Gupta), an important minister’s future son-in-law. Things start getting complicated when Shyam and Preeti get abducted by a gang of thugs led by Kuldeep (Arunoday Singh) and Arun manages to get caught in the middle of the abduction.
Just when you though it couldn’t get more complicated, it does. Kuldeep works for Bade (Yashpal Sharma), a goon involved in everything from corruption to abduction. Bade has a younger brother, Chote (Prashant Narayanan). Chote, a wannabe fashion designer with questionable sexuality who wants his elder brother overthrown. Kuldeep on the other hand wants to make this his last assignment to keep his wife (Aditi Rao Hydari) from leaving him. Meanwhile Arun gets more and more involved.
Despite the intricacy of the plots and sub-plots, they are very tactfully woven together. It almost looks effortless. But what impresses most are the characters, each written and detailed to perfection. If the writing and direction are top notch, then the music makes sure it stays on top. Nishant Khan’s music takes every potentially explosive moment and introduces emotion into it. The sharp dialogues add another dimension of realism to the film.
Irrfan Khan proves his prowess yet again. There is a reason why the audiences want more and more of him. His ‘to the point’ and ‘in your face’ style pulls another charmer. However, the star of the film is Arunoday Singh. After featuring in small roles in three other films, he has found his mark with “Yeh Saali Zindagi”. Throw in some more power packed performances by Chitrangda, Yashpal, Shushant and the rest, and there you have it – a roller coaster ride in “Yeh Saali Zindagi”.
Verdict: It’s a rugged and rustic home bred entertainer, likely to be enjoyed by ‘the mass’ and ‘the class’ alike.