Sudhir Mishra is back with a bang with another hard hitting crime thriller Yeh Saali Zindagai that revolves around a one way love story arguably gone wrong. Arun (Irrfan Khan), a shady accountant working for Mehta (Saurabh Shukla) is into money laundering or so it seems as the plot here is not so clear. He falls in love with the lovely singer Preeti (Chitrangda Singh) who isn’t aware of Arun’s silent love for her. She is chasing a better life by befriending Shyam (Vipul Gupta), a businessman’s son who in turn is engaged to a politician’s daughter.
On the other hand, Kuldeep (Arunoday Singh), a gangster is keen to take up a final job and leave the city with his wife (Aditi Rao Hydari) and son to lead a better life. Time is running out for him as he fears his wife will dump him for another man. In a crazy move, Kuldeep kidnaps Shyam and Preeti whom he has mistaken for the politician’s daughter, for ransom. And now, Arun is forced to join in the game to save his lady love. Will love win or will it be a bullet for the three main protagonist who are now trapped between the two warring brothers Bade (Yashpal Sharma) and the kinky Chote (Prashant Narayanan) with a sly police inspector (Sushant Singh) thrown in for good measure.
YSZ is a simple story of love but it has lots of twists and turns and sub plots to keep the audience hooked to the film till the end credits roll. The actors stand out beautifully with their portrayals and Delhi has never looked so beautiful on celluloid nor sounded so crude with the expletives coming regularly from the various characters. The story moves at such a fast pace, you are often left thinking where the en number of characters are coming from. Yet it makes for an interesting watch. Some funny scenes and funny one-liners are thrown in for good measure making it a thriller worth a few laughs as well.
The songs in the movie are pleasant and just right for the lead actress Preeti who is supposed to be a singer. Good cinematography and good day to day dialogues with a riveting background score. Editing and direction are class apart and Sudhir Mishra has justified being labeled an excellent director and for choosing such a hard hitting story to direct. Irrfan and Arunoday are absolutely brilliant including Chitrangda and Aditi as Kuldeep’s wife. The rest of the star casts simply hold their own in front of these towering acts.
Overall, this film is worth the watch if you can ignore the expletives while watching it with your elderly family members.