'Zindagi pe tera mera, kis ka na zor hai. Hum sochte hai kuch, yeh sochti kuch aur hai', go the lyrics from the title track of YEH SAALI ZINDAGI. They are terse enough to describe what goes on in the film, and life in general. The film, just like life, is replete with unexpected twists and never ceases to amaze!
In YSZ, Sudhir Mishra's back with his HAZAARON KHWAISHEIN AISI actress, Chitrangada Singh. Being backed by Prakash Jha Productions', the film got a decent pre-release promotion and has generated enough buzz.
YSZ basically traces several characters and how their tracts are eventually connected. Arun (Irrfan Khan) meets singer Priti (Chitrangada Singh) and is instantly enamoured by her beauty. Priti gets attracted to Shyam (Vipul Gupta) who's introduced to her by Arun himself (Talk about digging one's own grave). Shyam is engaged to a high-profile minister's daughter. Petite goon Kuldeep (Arunoday Singh) kidnaps Shyam so that he can exchange him with his jailed boss Bade (Yashpal Sharma) from the minister. Priti finds herself intertwined in this messy situation and Arun wants to help her unconditionally.
It takes some time to comprehend what exactly is going on as Sudhir introduces the numerous characters and their respective tracks. The film is highly convoluted and requires attentive viewing. But it's this very complexity that makes the film special and engaging. There are various sub-plots and twists through the entire film, keeping you hooked. The writing is smart and witty complimented by superb characterisation. Also, one thing that works big time for the film is its quirky dialogues. In one of the scenes, Arun says 'Aanewali pedhi yaad rakhegi, there were fools like us' which has you in splits.
The narrative never loses steam, despite the frequent flashbacks. Sudhir precisely handles the romantic tracks and the thrilling portions. Although there's a lot of foul language in the film, it goes well with the local Delhi milieu. The MATRIX type climax is good fun to watch.
Abhishek Ray and Nishat Khan's music is very pleasing. All the songs are well interspersed with the narrative. The superb background score elevates the overall impact. Sachin Krishnan's cinematography is brilliant. Sudhir Mishra and Manu Rishi's dialogues deserve special mention.
The performances in a Sushir Mishra film are always admirable and YSZ is no exception. Irrfan Khan is simply outstanding. His subtle comedy is very effective. Chitrangada Singh looks good and acts wonderfully. Arunoday Singh (SIKANDAR, AISHA, MIRCH) plays the local Delhi thug to perfection. Aditi Rao (DELHI 6) is charming and acts well. Sushant Singh, Saurabh Shukla, Yashpal Sharma, Vipul Gupta and Prashant Narayanan are excellent in their respective roles
YEH SAALI ZINDAGI is a racy entertainer which blends the right amount of romance, comedy and thrill. You will regret throughout your zindagi for missing this one!