Ye Saali Zindagi - External Reviews

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quick review:

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 (?)

24 yays
9 nays
15 so-so

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Thumbs up by Nishtha Bhatnagar, Alpha ...Mishra has used the alphabet C to his best advantage sometimes alone and at others with prefixes such as B and M. But all said and done, the dialogues of Yeh Saali Zindagi are its forte. ... full review

So-So by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice ...Taking a plot bursting at its seams, Sudhir Mishra plonks in it so many characters, with many a voice-over and flashbacks, that keeping the count after a while becomes an exercise in maths... full review

So-So ...The audience will spend the first half of the film trying to decipher what the film is all about, and more importantly, why are things happening that are happening... full review

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 Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...The movie has a brilliant first half which starts making its impact slowly, keeps progressing at a brisk speed and then pulls the viewers completely in before the intermission.... full review

So-So by Roshni Mulchandani, Bolly Spice ...Considering as audiences we are used to Sudhir Mishra's films being a lot harder hitting, Yeh Saali Zindagi cannot be considered one of Mishra's best.... 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 up by Malvika Rao, BookmyShow ...Despite the intricacy of the plots and sub-plots, they are very tactfully woven together. It almost looks effortless. ... 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

So-So by Souvik Gupta, Desi Martini ...he has been too much of a loudmouth but his films have been just about good, away from the exceptional bracket. ... full review

Thumbs down by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini ...Pretentious Fare... full review

So-So by Yusuf Poonawala, Desi Martini ...Saurabh Shukla needs no critic to mention that he is excellent... full review

So-So by Rony D'costa, Desi Martini ...If you love to see people give gaalis on the big screen and clap on it & are willing to enjoy a movie in parts then this gaalilicious film is for you. ... full review

Thumbs up by Vikramjit Singh, Desi Martini ...About the liberal use of 'gaalis', not once do they swear where you and me wouldn't if in a similar situation... full review

Thumbs up by Payal Khanna, Desi Martini ...Chitrangada Singh is again brilliant and repeats her flawless performance similar to one delivered in Hazaron Khwahishen Aisi... full review

Thumbs up by Manu Agarwal, Desi Martini ...the Indian film maker has truly arrived, and he wants the public to do a bit more effort than simply shelling out a hundred bucks. ... full review

So-So by Blessy Chettiar, DNA ...chaotic but enjoyable... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions ...There's nothing provocative, spicy or spirited about the film. It's a limp attempt at an edgy comic caper of the Tarantino-Ritchie variety which evokes hardly any laughs and definitely not enough twists to keep you tangled up. ... full review

Thumbs down by Sukanya Venkatraghavan, Filmfare ...YSZ is let down by its need to overstate itself. ... full review

Thumbs up by Kakoli Mukherjee, ...Holding together the film's flow firmly in their hands are the cast, who shape Mishra's writing into flesh and blood, doing full justice to the mercurial characters. ... full review

Thumbs up by Pankaj Sabnani,'s this very complexity that makes the film special and engaging... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, ...Arunoday Singh again impresses by his talent and had climbed up one more step of the ladder towards a noticeable actor... full review

Thumbs up by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Violence looms large over this film, and yet Mishra keeps the mounting tension layered with a dose of humor. ... 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 down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...Other characters drift in and out of this crowded, disjointed film, which keeps giving us expository labels as to location and situation. I lost track after a point.... full review

So-So by Komal Nahta, koimoi for the classes only, but the language used is for the masses... full review

So-So by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...But while the film has a long running time, expanded in short, intense bursts of action, the screenplay seems to have been completed in a hurry.... full review

So-So by Shaheen Parkar, MiD DAY ...only for those audience who appreciate this genre of cinema -- dark and dreary... 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

So-So NDTV ...needed to be shorter and less flabby... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now ...The conscience is a scarce commodity in Mishra's films. The characters are wild, boorish misfits who probably bathe once every week and go to the temple only to steal the deity's jewellery.... full review

Thumbs up by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now ...The chemistry between the two is expressed well and the 22 kisses (that made a lot of news) they shared on screen never seem out of place or forced. The supporting cast has its own impact on the story. ... full review

Thumbs down by LITTLEANARKY, Passion for Cinema 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

Thumbs up by MAGIK, Passion for Cinema ...3 stars for the movie and an extra star JUST for casting Chitrangada Singh. ... full review

Thumbs up by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...There's no effort to project Chitrangda as some celluloid dream from outer space. Instead it's really worth anyone's while to witness how she generates glamour by just being real, accessible and gritty. ... 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

Thumbs up by Khalid Mohamed, Review and views uncensored ...Morally, a crime caper need not be prissy and politically correct, of course, but you do flinch when the underworld is glorified as a quite-easily-acquired haven of gazillions.... full review

Thumbs down by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...In the first half of the first half itself I was bored and confused and clueless about what’s happening. ... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies almost appears that Mishra is trying to adopt a style that doesn’t come naturally to him. ... full review

Thumbs up by K K Rai, STARDUST ...The locales of Delhi and its surroundings have been beautifully captured by cinematographer Sachin Krishn. ... full review

Thumbs up The Friday Freak ...most actors are from Drama and Theater and it shows... full review

So-So by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu ...If there's not enough information overload already, there are songs scattered all around the score to add to the chaos and an overdose of a heavily made-up Chitrangada, looking uncomfortable with a guitar. ... full review

Thumbs up by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ...Mishra's canvas -- and cinematographer (Sachin Kumar Krishnan) -- captures the Capital and it's alluring adjuncts with love and caress, creating stunning visuals of a city that's tranquil in turmoil. ... full review

Thumbs down by flying rodent, Upper Stall ...The film looks terribly dated (which it probably is), is very tackily shot with an arbitrary selection of stylistic shots randomly placed and is too dark at lots of places... full review

So-So by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India ...While too many elements do seem to make the film an exhausting watch, there are sparks of originality, humour and irony weaved in to make it fun one-time watch. ... full review

Thumbs down by Kunal Guha, yahoo! India ...While YSZ manages to hold your attention for most of its runtime, it fails to be endearing and ends up being a tedious experience... full review

Thumbs up by SpiceZee Bureau, ZEENEWS.COM ...all the masala to keep you hooked this weekend... full review