Review: 'Yeh Saali Zindagi'
It requires a fearless and courageous film-maker [Prakash Jha] to back an audacious film-maker [Sudhir Mishra] to create a motion picture that defies stereotype. The risk involved is colossal, but the satisfaction of having created a product that has tremendous shelf life is incalculable. 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' is a striking case in point.
In an industry where mediocre scripts rule and funds are readily available for projects only if 'saleable stars' are ready to sign on the dotted line, in an industry where tried and tested formula and shortcuts have become a habit, 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' comes as a courageous attempt. It may not be this fiercely independent film-maker's most accomplished effort, but it has the guts and valour to narrate an innovative story with a brand new approach.
At the same time, we would like to add that the content is quirky, the relationships depicted in the film are complex and twisted and the format of narrating the story [including the edit pattern] is poles apart from what one is used to watching in the customary Hindi film. Even the spoken language is harsh, crude, with lots of expletives and swear words thrown in. But that's the beauty of this film. It walks a different path.
Sudhir Mishra has worked on a taut screenplay to ensure that at no point in those 2 hours monotony sets in. Multiple stories are running concurrently, but unlike other films, these stories are linked to each other till the very conclusion. There are twists aplenty and the punches that come at regular intervals startle you since they don't follow the set blueprint that most Hindi films follow.
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