The last few years witnessed the release of many off beat movies which incidentally did well at the box office. The USP of such movies are undoubtedly the mileage that it gains by word of mouth as was in the case of "Phas Gaya Re Obama", "Tere Bin Laden" etc. To add to this genre comes "Yeh Saali Zindagi", directed by the adroit, Sudhir Mishra recipient of many National Awards & maker of "Chameli", Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi" etc to name a few. So lets check out whether his latest offering also lives upto this billing.
The interesting thing about this movie is that though there are so many plots & sub-plots going on,all of them finally converge logically rather than appearing as unwanted appendages. Arun (Irfaan Khan) is a banker sort of guy involved in real estate,money laundering etc working for Mehta (Saurabh Shukla). Its in the process of one of the business transactions that he meets Priti (Chitrangda Singh) & falls for her. However it turns out she is in a relationship with Shyam, a future son in law of the Home Minister. In the meantime, Kuldeep (Arunoday Singh) is a gangster who had just been released from jail & is on his way to redemption before he forced to take up one last mission. At this juncture, Priti gets kidnapped by mistake along with Shyam & in order to save her Arun gets involved. So will Arun risk everything to save her inspite of knowing she loves someone else & will Kuldeep ever come out of the murky world???
If Irfaan Khan is involved in any movie, we can rest assured that he will definitely do his job whether the movie does well or not. The trend hasnt changed here as well, as he has delivered a top notch performance. Chitrangda Singh has given a decent performance along with Arunoday Singh who has been gracing the sidelines in "Aisha" & "Mirch".In movies where sub plots play a crucial role, the supporting crew are supposed to put their weight on to impart the necessary impact & this scenario has been taken care of really well by the trusted arms of Saurabh Shukla, Sushant, Yashpal Sharma & Prashant Narayanan
It goes without saying that Sudhir Mishra's script has been successful in capturing the attention of the audience. Though the movie does take a while before actually getting into the groove, but it still doesnt take a toll on us. One of the highlights of the movie are the dialogues penned by Mishra & Manu Rishi which has been spot on with the colloquial slangs garnished with liberal expletives. Finally the music by Nishat Khan merges well with the mood of the movie especially the title track.
Verdict: The lack of big stars will cause it to be a slow starter but it definitely has the potential to do well. As far as my opinion goes, though it might appear dragging initially, later on the tempo builds up once we get into the groove of the movie. So in short, do watch it !!!