The number of movies in India that deserve to be seen but are ignored over ‘Bollywood’ make for such a long list that ‘underrated’ could be a genre in itself here. Even though Sudhir Mishra’s black comedy, Yeh Saali Zindagi, has only just released, it’s already in the danger of falling in the same category. Yes, it’s got the critical acclaim and a budget that matches the production cost of an, ahem, Tees Maar Khan song (which is more money than you can earn if you sell your soul, by the way), but the buzz around it has lasted for exactly the opening weekend.
And that is one of the many reasons you should watch the movie before it’s put into cold storage. The other reasons include – insane Tarantinoesque writing (Mishra and genius Manu Rishi) that unfolds at such a frenetic pace that you’ll be gasping for breath; a cast of superb actors relishing the lunacy (everyone from Irrfan Khan to Saurabh Shukla is here); and Chitrangada Singh firmly establishing herself as the sexiest thing to have happened to mankind since Victoria’s Secret. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also Aditi Rao Hydari… *NEW HOTTIE ALERT*
If told in a convoluted manner, the film has many parallel plots, like: a man trying to win back love, another one stressing over unrequited love; a gangster trying to bump off his brother for money, another one hatching a plan to break out of prison; a businessman wooing a girl for marriage; another one trying to fix a match with a politician family for their money, and so on – yes, there are MORE. But if told simply, the movie comes down to one idea – Love is a bitch. And then you die.
YSZ is the kind of movie where you simultaneously laugh at the hapless man’s predicament, curse him for being a c**tiya seeing the extent to which he’d go for love, hope that it ends well for him – and pray that it never ever happens to you.
Watch the movie to revel in Mishra’s terrific screenplay, and for kickass performances by Khan and newcomer Arunoday Singh, portraying men who are trying desperately to take control of their destinies. And if nothing else, Chitrangada Singh and Aditi Rao’s hotness may make it worth your time.
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Chitrangada Singh, Arunoday Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Prashant Narayan, Sushant Singh
Written By: Sudhir Mishra and Manu Rishi Chaddha
Directed By: Sudhir Mishra
Note: This recommendation first appeared in MTV Noise Factory, March 2011 issue
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