Yeh Saali Aashiqui movie review: Intoxicatingly intense, terrifically gripping


YEH SAALI AASHIQUI movie review is here. Directed by Cherag Ruparel, the movie introduces the legendary Amrish Puri’s grandson Vardhan Puri along with Shivaleeka Oberoi. The movie is set to release on November 29, 2019. Does it fulfills the expectations?. Let’s find out in the movie review of YEH SAALI AASHIQUI

Immediate reaction when the end credit rolls
The surprise intoxicant of the year, YEH SAALI AASHIQUI is a smartly mounted, intoxicatingly intense & terrifically gripping dark psycho-thriller that stays with you. First-timers – director Cherag Ruparel, actor-producer Vardhan Puri and actress Shivaleeka Oberoi pour in the fresh breeze of hope in the Indian psycho-thriller genre.

Sahil Mehra (Vardhan Puri) the typical boy next door gets smitten by the lovely Mittee Deora (Shivaleeka Oberoi). The comparatively more urbane Mittee also responds with the same affection. But, the reality is ghastly different from what is seen from the naked eye.


A pleasant docile boy, a stylishly charming urbane babe..if you are imagining a Mills and Boons scenario? wake up.. this tale of betrayal, lust, greed, and vengeance is the mad, dark, surprise of the year that is smartly developed, tightly written, swaying, intoxicating and gripping throughout.

The writing by Cherag and Vardhan is neatly mounted, a remarkable exercise in establishing the mood and atmosphere slowly and gradually. The writers convincingly make the movie grow on you. The drama, pain, and suffering springing from an act of betrayal and loss of faith gets powered with sequences that add extra curves to the arc of the characters giving an accomplished movie experience that lingers.

Vardhan Puri – the grandson of the legendary Amrish Puri proves his mettle equally as a writer and actor. This rare combo helps Vardhan to add shades to his character and he does a fine job. As the movie progresses, we see Vardhan gaining more confidence as his character transforms and automatically takes a position in the minds and hearts of the audience taking them right into his pain without any special pleading.


Shivaleeka does the chameleon act of the mysterious unpredictable girl who is smart and manipulative with flair. As Vardhan, she too gains confidence as the movie progresses and involves the audience.

Cherag Ruparel who has been an assistant in movies like ISHAQZAADE, DO DOONI CHAAR displays his fondness towards the Hithcockian, Shyamlan, Shree Ram Raghavan style of film making. The movie has the de noir feel in parts and is sprinkled with some dark humour as well. Cherag Ruparel maintains the atmosphere and brilliantly ensures that the intensity and the intoxication never leave the audience.

Cinematography by Pratik Shah and the background score by Hitesh Modak is aptly haunting adding to the mood.


Jeese Lever – son of the exceptional comedian and stand up artiste impresses in his debut.

Ruslan Mumtaz is fine. 

Starting with a bang as the doctors ordered, the movie then takes time to get into the mood, it might be deliberate but still. Madness, sinner tendencies, brutality, darkness are associated with such genre and the excess use of violence at places plus the reason behind the twisty uncanny behavior will be always questioned by a certain section. Though novel, innovative and possessing brownie points, the movie gets trapped in predictability for a while.

Final words
YEH SAALI AASHIQUI – the debut of actor-writer and producer Vardhan Puri, actress Shivaleeka Oberoi, and director Cherag Ruparel is a smartly mounted psychological thriller that benefits from its brilliant screenplay and apt direction that conveys a state of mind after a devastating loss, betrayal. A rare moody surprise in the psychological thriller genre that asks the audience to take note of itself as a film and the actors as well.

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