Ye Saali Zindagi - External Reviews
It's quirky and funny. It's twisted and largely unpredictable. It's pacy and just the right amount of overwhelming. It is dark and carries off a style of its own. Frequent flashbacks make whacky situations even more intriguing. And Irrfan Khan and Chitrangda Singh are as reliable as ever in keeping your eyes glued to the screen when they are on. Alas, this is also accompanied with some silly animation, choppy flow and too many characters with almost none developed in detail. And yet, it is something you should watch, if not immediately, in the future for sure.
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48 reviewers have given Ye Saali Zindagi an average rating of 3.3/5.0 (?)
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Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...With this fractured and tightly interlocked syntax, the film takes a while to grow on you (or at least for you to settle into its loopy rhythms), but it comes together nicely by the end, and feels even nicer afterwards as you think back, unhurriedly, on individual moments and individual performances.... full review
Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...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. ... full review
Thumbs down by Gautam Chintamani, Buzz in Town ...Yeh Saali Zindagi had a spark of energy that could have been better handled but with an inconsistent screenplay and erratic editing that jumps from suddenly jumps from present to past to educate us about some past action that helped shape the character, the ride’s really bumpy... full review
Thumbs up by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Actors usually look as if they are kissing each other only because someone is holding a gun to their heads. And they really really want to convince mummy that they did it only because the "role demanded it". Well, not so Yeh Saali Zindagi, folks.... full review
Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...Manu Rishi, of 'Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!', partners with Mishra to pen the dialogues for the film, all peppered with a host of expletives, giving us more of the zany one liners that he is fast gaining a reputation for, each of which will have the audience in splits. ... full review
Thumbs down by LITTLEANARKY, Passion for Cinema ...it occured to me that a lot of the cheering that ensued was solely due to the fact that Indian audiences have been so terribly deprived, that any film with liberal doses of profanity and some vague attempts at sexual explicitness would be lapped up with salacious joy. ... full review
So-So by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters ...The other problem is with the watered-down performances. Except for Irrfan Khan and Saurabh Shukla who plays his boss, both the other main actors, Chitrangada Singh and Arunoday Singh are inhibited and awkward, unable to invest enough in their characters for you to be invested in them.... full review