Amateur movie review : Yeh Saali Zindagi

Saturday, February 12, 2011 Posted by Pratheesh

Director : Sudhir Mishra

Story : The film has parallel stories of two gangsters, Arun (Irfan Khan) and Kuldeep (Arunoday Singh), who get their love life entangled with their criminal misdemeanours. Kuldeep is assigned the job to kidnap Shyam who is supposed to get married to the daughter of the Home Minister. And he kidnaps Priti(Chitrangda Singh) along with Shyam as they believe she is his fiancee. Arun decides to get Priti out of the trouble but realizes that he will have to help Shyam too to see her happy!

Review : When I think of this movie, the first thing that comes to my mind is Sudhir Mishra flooding my memory with a lot of names I'm unable to figure out who was given which name except for Mehta, Arun, Kuldeep, Bade and of course Chote(who comes in a transgender form towards the end. What/Why was that?!!) . Another notable thing is the Delhi lingo used in its purest form :) Teenagers who find that actors are actually using their favourite vulgar words would feel proud but no one else would. It was just too much and seemed to be out of context a lot of times.

I was also confused with a complex story line. Well if the idea was to relate/contrast the lives of Arun and Kuldeep why couldn't it have been done as simply as in Taxi no. 9211. And how can one attempt to make a humour out of a murder under Indian circumstances! The movie that comes to my mind in this regard are The Godfather and Pulp Fiction(and it wasnt humour exactly) and we all know the perfection of those classics.

Irfan Khan steals the show as the despondent lover, who is ready to sacrifice his life for a woman who is confused whether she loves him or not. Aditi Rao Hydari and Chitrangda Singh do quite justice to their respective roles and especially their looks.The interesting thing was that it was shot in and around Delhi. It's nice to see that movie makers in the recent years have shed the Mumbai obsession in their films when it comes to show gangsters.

The movie is dragging towards the end. Our gang was just passing the time making fun of each other when Irfan Khan went through his last moments. In short I felt as if the director was trying to club many hollywood concepts into a single Bollywood movie.

I know these comments dont gel with the general perception. So comments invited...


  1. ~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

    The story was confusing and I had quite a tough time keeping track of what was happening. But in the end all was clear :)

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