From the day I first saw the trailer I knew I wanted to watch ‘Yeh Saali Zindagi’. It had caught my attention from that very moment. When I finally did, I must say, I have just re confirmed to my ownself that sometimes you can judge a movie by its trailer.
Yeh Saali Zindagi (YSZ), a Sudhir Mishra film. Does this mean anything t you? To me, it suggested freshness and a different style of presentation. Well, it ended up being that way as well. However, I don’t know if I would like to call it – Yeh Saali Zindagi , An Irfan Khan Film (aptly suggested by my friend). If you are a kind of moviegoer who visits the hall for some light entertainment with a tub of popcorn and a glass of coke, then please make sure you are extra attentive during the film. The movie is very demanding and requires complete attention. You might just miss a key scene while munching on popcorn!
Sudhir begins the film by depicting an incident that takes place along the seaside of Mumbai and goes on to suggest how it all happened and what led to the incident that was first depicted. Written well, it’s a film that is loaded with a lot of opposites coupled together – love and crime, deceit and loyalty, greed and satisfaction, young and old, and so on. These opposites are put together with random cuts, mess and chaos making it one of the most liked dark comedies of the season.
There are various plots, sub plots and parallel stories that are weaved into making the gamete of YSZ complete. Some of the most important ones are that of the relationship shared by Irfan Khan and Chitrangadha Singh. So much unsaid, so much still understood. So much of passion and love yet there is scope for deceit and secret. This is their tale where one gives up practically everything for the other (like every other romantic Hindi film). Paralelly there is this wild romance that happens between Arunoday Singh (the super hot guy in Aisha) and Aditi Rao (the subtle and beautiful woman in Delhi 6). They fight, scream, hit each other and finally settle scores by making love. And yes, there are the two brothers – Chote and Bade, one set to vanquish the other.
Colloquial slang that somehow makes you wonder if is typical of Delhi is used all through the film. Somehow assures you that it is. Rash lingo, gun shots and ‘I me myself’ attitude just adds to you associating this with the attitude of the people of Delhi. The movie moves at breakneck speed with various turns. There is a sense of freshness and difference in its treatment.
Chitrangadha is sensuous, subtle and impressive. Aditi will make you wonder why people didn’t notice her as much in Delhi 6. Arunoday fits in well to portray the look of a young boyish thug. Saurabh Shukla is impressive as a full grown old thug. However, Irfan Khan steals the show. Music by Nishant Khan suits well and does not seem to be a misfit in any of the situations. The title track, particularly, seems true to life and is very impressive. It’s a tune you would take back home and hum all day long.
YSZ is a movie of desire, greed, deceit, determination, love, hate, money and obviously power. It’s a film that will seem surprisingly strange and weird. It is however a gripping and tight film.