Ye Saali Zindagi

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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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Director: Sudhir Mishra
Running time: 120 minutes
Genres: Crime
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Yeh Saali Zindagi is a crime comedy that hooks you in like any thriller should and tickles you throughout, exactly like a good comedy would. Kidnappers goof-up, victims of the crime offer help and end up in messier situations. These are the kinds of situations that Yeh Saali Zindagi is built upon. The basic plot is whacky - just like the individual tracks and the characters.

Just as you get used to one sub-plot a new twist is waiting its turn, and yet it doesn't feel rushed. Magically, the events of the previous scene have registered. Surprisingly, at no point is there information overload, which could be an issue for films that go back and forth. Your comfort with the proceedings could well be because all non-linearity is only in terms of flashbacks and most of it is in context too. For example, a character goes into happy memories of the past to relieve himself of physical pain and so on.

I thoroughly enjoyed the wit in the writing. It's not just clever dialogue - the overall story, the build-up, and the sequence in which the sub-plots come also have inbuilt humor. I might have enjoyed it better if I knew more about the characters, not in terms of backstory, but anything that made me feel for them - it'd have been nice to connect an emotion to a character. But then again, it's not required that I feel for anyone in a film that falls in this bracket - a dark comedy. I enjoyed their idiosyncrasies for what they are.

A lot of it is of course, credited to Irrfan Khan. The man has just the perfect sense of timing that this kind of humor needs. Chitrangda Singh too is one of the reasons why you want to watch this film. There are a host of other characters and interesting actors playing them out, but none other than Arunoday Singh have enough screen time. Arunoday Singh though seemed very uncomfortable and a misfit in this gang of goons.

And then there are irritants like voiceovers and animated airplanes. I don't enjoy voiceovers in general, but ones which educate you about 'life' have to be really profound to maintain the interest. Also, they have become such an integral part of Hindi films of this genre that the tone used is the same and so is the manner in which it is delivered.

Another downer are the choppy edits, the kind I found disorienting in director, Sudhir Mishra's earlier film Khoya Khoya Chand. And this too I could have lived with, without complaining, because of the smart content. But the lame and unnecessary superimposed text showed that the director/writer seemed to have lost respect for his audience in post-production. Also the silly animation had no rhyme or rhythm. The intention must have been to make it comic, but the animation just didn't fit with the rest of the humor in the film.

There are other decisions which made the film a richer experience. The camerawork made it a trippy experience. Though I don't understand why so many shots (day shots too) are almost completely dark. Did they take the genre too literally? But since there are so many scenes where the actors can barely be seen, it feels like the lighting decisions are made to hide their lack of skill.

What counts though is that the film is enjoyable despite the dark ambience. What is remarkable is the performances aren't breathtaking, the characters don't connect but the general feeling of having watched a good film stays with you.

- meeta, a part of the audience

46 reviewers(?) - 22 yays 15 so-so 9 nays

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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

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

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 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

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 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 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 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

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 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

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 up, by SpiceZee Bureau, Zee News : ...all the masala to keep you hooked this weekend... 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

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

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

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

So-So, by Blessy Chettiar, DNA : ...chaotic but enjoyable... 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

So-So, NDTV : ...needed to be shorter and less flabby... 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

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

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

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 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 down, by Ameetbhuvan, Desi Martini : ...Pretentious Fare... 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 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

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 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

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

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

257 tweeters(?) - 238 yays 7 so-so 12 nays

zyborg: Yeh saali zindagi - highly recommended. If you are doing one thing this weekend, watch the damn movie.

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vaarundhingra: loved yeh saali zindagi...brilliant performances by irfan khan, saurabh shukla, sushant singh, yashpal sharma

UrbanChick01: True RT @journey2light Yeh Saali Zindagi is a typical Sudhir Mishra film. It holds your attention right from the title track to the end.

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tanejamainhoon: Yeh saali zindagi has been watched. Mind has been blown. Sudhir Mishra has been given 'to be worshipped' status.

SuvenduNayak: Yeh Saali Zindagi - John won't hesitate giving it a 4/5 rating !! dialogs made it worth enjoyable though story seems lengthy.

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Sourabh_M: "Yeh saali zindagi" is a rollicking ride... A knock out punch.

soulucky: I'm loving serious films this year first NOKJ now Yeh Saali Zindagi.

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ShailendraS7: Yeh Saali Zindagi- 'cultish' movie with a vibe of Pulp Fiction. Must watch.

SETUL: watched yeh saali zindagi it made my day.... saali kya movie thi a must watch

Sethumadhavan: Yeh Saali Zindagi- ashiqui ka naya andaaz, mazaa aa gaya!!!

sethrishi: In complete awe of Yeh Saali Zindagi, Effing brilliant movie!

sauravbhanot: Absolutely loved 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' !!! Seen such an amazingly entertaining film after a real long time!! Kudos to the entire team!

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Saudaminikumar: Yeh Saali Zindagi ! Rocks !! Irfan Khan and Chitrangada Singh and Arunuday Singh fantastic performance !! HIghly recco !!

SarkarAbhijit: watched Yeh saali zindagi...what a mindblowing movie...outstanding performance from imran, movie of dis year.hats off ®

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SamirSaxena: Yeh Saali Zindagi is a must see.. A new age cinema, a dark satire.. A great indian product!!! #yehsaalizindagi

sameerphal: Chitrangdha's sultry sensuality,Irrfan's spontaneity, Rao-Singh's animalistic chemistry. "Yeh Saali Zindagi" namkeen hee sahi pur tasty thi

sameerkanse: Yeh sali zindagi .. A new paradigm shift in censorship even with an A certificate... Surely worth a watch

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rrk312: Just saw Yeh Saali Zindagi!!! A superb movie with high praiseworthy dialogues and direction!!! Irfan Khan has acted excetionaly well!!!

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romanunited: Loved Yeh Saali Zindagi yesterday! Amazing dialogues, too many Slangs used but justifiable according to the script!

rohwit: Haven't laughed soooooooo much ye saali zindagi rocks. Thank u Sudhir mishra....loced the 'udtaa teer' bit

rohitkaran: Yeh saali zindagi rocks. Proud of the iitk connection.

rohansneha: Like the changing face of cinema in Bollywood (band baaja/yeh saali zindagi). Irrfan Khan is good and C.singh has terrific looks.Western!

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riteshgauba: "Yeh sali zindagi" loads of characters but brilliant story telling loved the characters and the movie

riteshadsharma: Saw "Ye saali Zindagi" superb ossom Movie Sudhir sir love u so much.....

red_carnations: Enjoyed 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' immensely.

ravishkt: Yeh Saali Zindagi.....not in the same league as that of HKA, still watchable ... i enjoyed it

raveblast: Yeh sali zindagi is a masterpiece. Dialogues, screenplay and acting are #win

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ranzzit: yeh saali zindagi was a surprisingly good movie.....

ranjankant: Sudhir Mishra - you need to hold an editing workshop for all these new-age director types, Yeh saali Zindagi, what break-neck entertainment!

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rahulsanwal: Yeh Saali Zindagi is a gripping thriller with multi tracks.Language is quite raw but then what you expect from Delhi underbelly to speak.

raghavtewary: Review, Yeh saali zindagi: 3.5/5, amazing script and dialogues! Also, arunoday singh can't act to save his life! Looks like a "lost chimp"

ragacool8: watched today "Yeh saali zindagi".... must watch muvy...... Awesome direction n acting...!

r_siva_prasad: Yeh Saali Zindagi is awesome movie man.apun bole toh ekdum Bindaas movie.will watch it one more time:-)

pushkardkumar: Ye sali Zindagi..thrilling experience... A must watch..

purohitanurag: Yeh Saali zindagi - Nice movie. Kids, parental guidance advised :D

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psandip123: saw ye sali zindagi.its good film with lot of substance in it.

primaveron: Amen. Yeh Saali Zindagi was fantastic! RT @GhantaGuy: Move over Guy Ritchie, Sudhir Mishra is here.

preethamrddy: saw Ye saali zindagi.....the screen play and direction were too good...sudhir mishra did a very good job..!!!! Chitrangadha singh was hot

prbagri: Yeh Saali Zindagi rocks! All puns intended...

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prateekshah: ‎'Yeh Saali Zindagi' kya dhaasu movie hai bawa!! Dekhni banti hai totally!! Loved the script, wl written characters,amazing performances!!

prashantsrk: Irfaan khan rocks....what a great dialogues by him in Yeh saali zindagi.

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pranav_cool: Sunday means Movie day for me.. Started wid mrng show of " ye Saali Zindagi".. wat a movie...connect wid reality ...

PMakhijani: "Yeh Saali Zindagi" is a must watch.

phalinshah: Yeh Saali Zindagi-Worth a watch!!!Superb Movie!!!

pearl23: #Yeh Sali Zindagi...a brilliantly crafted movie.. and another mind blowing performance from #irfankhan...he simply rocks :-)

pavanmalwade: Watched #Yeh Saali Zindagi.. ufff.. an amazing roller coaster ride, solid screenplay and a great entertainer..!

PathbholaPathik: the dialogues of yeh saali zindagi are superbly witty

parthgoyal: ""Yeh saali zindagi"", seriously one of the most amazing movies I have ever seen.. A must watch..

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OSHORAJA: Sudhir Mishra's YE SAALI ZINDAGI rocks!!!!!

NoMercyPrats: Yeh Saali Zindagi. A great combo of awesome story, acting and background music. Check out its OST. @Pomegranatee

nishith_gupta: 'yeh saali zindagi' - a must watch :) #fb

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Niksy121: Yeh Saali Zindagi dekh ke....saala maaza aa gaya...a must watch for boys...

nigamgaurav: Yeh saali zindagi - sudhir mishrta rocks. Irfan is too cool and arunoday is the new dude on the block. Chitrangda is wasted.

nehalovzu: 'Ye saali zindagi ' watch it ! Than u uderstand what is love !

nakula: watch yeh sali zindagi for irfan khan. how a person goes helpless in love, gotta see it folks ;-) ! CHITRANGADA was not her best though :(

nagu3: Watched Yeh Saali Zindagi. Good movie with awesome dialogues. Don't miss it.

mskumar22: yeh saali zindagi a must watch ...exeptional performance by irrfan khan and chitrangada **drools**... kickass story screenplay and dialogues

Mr_Twirt: Dissapointed at ManU losing tonite :( at d same tym elated after watchn Yeh Saali Zindagi! 4.5 stars frm me! Must watch! :)

MischievousMonk: Yeh Saali Zindagi... A fantastic one... You may call it a must watch... I can watch it multiple times... #pass

miraravi: Yeh Saali zindagi (2) rocked.. LMAO full time.. Sanctum was extremely boring!

mihir_cOld: Ye saali zindagi. good acting and great dialogues! mast movie!

mayank61282: Yeh sali zindagi is an awesome movie...must watch

maverickbaba: Absolutely loved 'ye saali zindagi'....too brute....too awesome !!

maulsea: Yeh saali zindagi. What a movie!! Superb acting by Irfan khan.

malay_sanjay: Yahoo!!! watched new movie - Yeh Saali Zindagi .. Nice movie .and tomorrow is Office. Huh !!!

maheshgarg33: yeh saali zindagi is a great movie!! loved aditi and danga

maharatha: Yeh Sali Zindagi..... Must watch.

ltejas: Yeh Saali Zindagi. Indian pulp fiction. 8/10

love_shahruk: Yeh saali zindagi was tolerable,chitrangdha is good,Irrfan is sexy as usual,will miss FF awards tom,flight at 11.50,will watch on u tube

literarylapses: Yeh saali zindagi is an awesome movie. Very unlike bollywood. Have taken an instant liking to it. Sudhir Mishra never disappoints.

kunald: Saw "Yeh Saali Zindagi".. Awesome movie. Must see for Chitrangda Singh, she looks stunning :)

kumar_shobhit: Ye sali zindagi.... A must watch!

kuldeep1998: Yeh Saali Zindagi: Nicely made Beautifully directed. Kudos Mishra Sir.

KrChetanVikram: "Yeh Saali Zindagi", brilliant movie. The trend to open "abuses" in screenplay has been carried fwd. Wich way is bollywood heading towards?

karan0110: The best 4m "Sudhir Mishra" the gr..8 film ever ""Yeh Sali Zindagi"".

kalyansunkara: i can say 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' movie is realistic film,which hav all emotions and hav a gud msg in the film.

KadwaDhatura: Yeh Saali Zindagi is really a good watch.

kaashifkhan: Ye saali zindagi is hell awesome...

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Joydas: Yeh Saali Zindagi Rocks

journey2light: Yeh Saali Zindagi is a typical Sudhir Mishra film. It holds your attention right from the title track to the end.

jkundnani: Unconventional, hard core n one time paisa vasool!! Yeh sali zindagi never bores you, with all ingredients of...

jha_sachin: ye saali zindagi was vgood... loved all star cast.. Sudhir mishra & prakash jha deserves congrats from us viewers

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indian11091991: Yeh Saali Zindagi was fantastic!

idrrajdeep: Yeh Saali Zindagi is a quirky love story.Sudhir's raw,dark,edgy,sarcastic take on relationships & Irrfan made it a hatke yet grand watch.

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iampraty: holy fuck,if yeh saali zindagi,then let it be saali forvever...Redefining height of awesomeness,salute Mr Sudhir misra !!

i_have_life: 1st Dhobhi Ghat now Yeh Saali Zindagi, recently hindi movies standard have improved drastically!!

hrish13: Yeh Saali Zindagi...awesome...something outa this world...well done sudhir mishra and co...

hautesaiff: Every freaking frame of Ye Saali Zindagi is kick-ass! #minireview

harishhebbur: +1, he's an awesome talent... RT @AnjaanRJ: Really impressed with yeh saali zindagi. The industry could do more of sudhir mishra. :)

hardik_shah_ruk: today watch ye saali zindagi superb movie yar must watch

gullaabbo: Yeh saali zindagi... Awesum movie.. Describes the nature of men and women in various ways. Gud job Mr. sudhir mishra..

greenrains: Yeh saali zindagi : what effing dialogues and background score!

GhantaGuy: +1 RT @tanejamainhoon Yeh saali zindagi has been watched. Mind has been blown. Sudhir Mishra has been given 'to be worshipped' status.

gauravSin: yeh saali zindagi ... nice flick

ganeshjaju: #MovieSeen Yeh Saali Zindagi - Great script, nice dialogues n editing...Irfan Khan's is always fun to watch.

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freespirit_me: 'Yeh saali zindagi'...confused but gorgeous Chitrangda...Irfan Khan was at his best and stole the paisa-vasool... #bollywood

fojdarsihi: Yeh saali zindagi ..a must watch

fazalkhwaja: Yeh Saali Zindagi... Outstanding... Irrfan Khan AMAZINGGG...!!!

fake_shaikh: Yeh saali zindagi.. Must watch.. Irfan khan is just awesome.. Better than all crappy bollywood khans.. Love his dialogue delivery :)

ekalavyab: So many characters and you still get an uncomplicated story! Worth a watch...yeh saali zindagi!

dudezrude: Ye saali zindagi... Awsome movie showing sm real stuff... Bt nt 4 minors... He he he

Drmohit21583: wathed ye saali zindagi....good movie irfan best ..except explicit language.

doshiamitk: 'Yeh saali zindagi' is awesome effort.. Racy, great ensemble, sharp performances.. Totally love arun, mehta, kuldeep, bade, chhote...

dkaile: Yeh Saali Zindagi... Masterpiece by Sudhir Mishra, not to be missed....

djfernandes16: Yeh saali zindagi. Brilliant.

deltaininferno: A weekend of good films, saw two brilliant films - Yeh saali zindagi & The lives of others.

deepeelive: "Ye saali Zindagi" rocks-a rustic goon-corporator's comedy..mus watch..:)

debashishnitdgp: Yeh saali zindagi..... saali fadu movie!!

cvsarathi: #yeh saali zindagi...sudhir r a genius...gr8 film,excllnt dialogues..beutiful twists layered wth a realstic love story...

cricketaway: 4/5 for Yeh Saali Zindagi .. read the complete review here

Cool_Hand_Anish: Yes Yeh Saali Zindagi is truly awesome.Sudhir Mishra rocks.As does Irfan and Chitrangada.But we already knew that.This was just a reminder.

Coaster_Junkie: "Yeh Saali Zindagi" - roller-coaster ride not for the weak-hearted: To describe the roller-coaster ride that is ...

chemingineer: Loved every frame of Yeh Saali Zindagi. @blahssome @poojalapasia

chandreyee_b: Watched 'Yeh Saali Zindagi' today.. Quite good indeed. :)

centerofright: Yeh Saali Zindagi was a delight.

bringingchange: just saw the movie yeh saali zindagi and it was a really nice movie

BohemianAnarchy: Yeh Saali Zindagi - bloody amazing!!!!!!!

bigblackshark: Fantastic film - yeh saali zindagi... Sudhir mishra has made another masterpiece. #awesome #bollywood #cinema #5stars

BeyondAkash: Yeh Sali Zindagi ... Awesome ... Must watch movie ... !!

beepthefreak: Yeh saali zindagi! awesome movie~ Irfan rocked again with his style.. loved it.. so awesome

barnikmaitra: Yeh saali zindagi, cute little stories of a lot of lust and yes some love #recommend

ayubMohammed: Yeh saali zindagi! Irfan khan is pretty good with his "deer caught in the headlights" style of acting

avnee5h: OMG! Yeh Saali Zindagi .. Super movie.. After NOKJ, i saw another epic movie in theatre this year:)

atulsian: Ye Saali Zindagi ! a must watch...refreshing and captivating ! stuff like this Re-instills my faith in Bwood..yet again !

atimuna: Loved yeh saali zindagi : missed delhi and the bad boys!!! ;)

arjunashar: pretty good movie this , Yeh saali zindagi.. That would be the second good movie out this month

anuvratbhansali: You might have said these three letters to yourself someday but now it's time to go & see "Yeh Saali Zindagi". #HighlyRecommended #Desi #Raw

anuragkumarlko: Awesome editing in Yeh Saali Zindagi !

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ankursoin: Awesome yeh sali zindagi

ankitbalyan: Saw "Yeh Saali Zindagi" today..... Impressive movie.... Cinematic genius.... these low budget movies are the flavor of the season this time

ankitawasan: Yeh Saali Zindagi, great movie 3.5/5! Good to see the industry working with faces other than the khans.

AnjaanRJ: Really impressed with yeh saali zindagi. The industry could do more of sudhir mishra. :)

anishkuruvilla: Crime Caper, Black Humor, Irfan Khan, Sudhir Mishra and co: come together for a great piece of CiNEMA. Ye Saali Zindagi! Go Watch!! Now!

ani2weets: Yeh Saali worth a shot…

amitation: Yeh Saali Zindagi is one fuckin awesome movie! #iRecommend

amazingankita01: Yeh Sali Zindagi: Awesome movie...superb performances...good paced plot...encaptivating...

amar_2501: Loved the movie.. Too many abuses though.. :p T @rajupp: Yeh saali zindagi (@ Inox Bangalore Central)

Aman_151: must see "yeh saali zindagi" ful of entertainmnt....gr8 work by sudhir mishra..hats off

alisumi: yeh saali zindagi..nice twisty turvy tale..

aliakbariee: Yeh saali zindagi-awesome muvie..

akshayerathi: Its great to see 'good films' like YEH SAALI ZINDAGI being made, as long as the least they achieve is recover their own costs!

akshaybawse: It was a perfect yeh saali zindagi for a thriller ride..wid fiery romance...

Akshay_Nagaich: Ye saali Zindagi - MUST WATCH...Fultoos paisa wasool...Sudhir Mishra rocks.. Awesome background score as well!

akkiman: 'yeh saali zindagi' - a good watch if you're into movies like kaminey, ishqiya

akavoor: Yeh Saali Zindagi ★★★★★

AkashSharma9: Yeh Sali Zindagi.......... Sudhir ji tussi great ho..!!!

ajithessence: Yeh saali zindagi is Sudhir Mishra's best after Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi... Dont miss it... Masterpiece from the master!!!

adv_akee: yeh saali zindagi goes down in mi list of hot favs....ol tim

adityavnathan: Went to see Chitrangada Singh primarily in Yeh Saali Zindagi. Ended up loving the movie and Irrfan Khan's awesome performance.

aditya_gn: Yeh Saali Zindagi was classic Sudhir Mishra. Very clever writing.

adittya22: chitrangada is infectious....catch up 'yeh saali zindagi' for her....

achinthyo: watched YEH SAALI ZINDAGI....... awesome dialouges, story n powerful performance by Irfan Khan

abhishek_basu: "yeh saali zindagi"...awesome movie..finally a good bollywood movie...\m/

abhility: I can't remember if I have enjoyed a Hindi Movie as much as Yeh Saali Zindagi last night. Adds tremendously to the vocabulary.

abhicreation: Today I went to watch Yeh saali zindagi !! I wud call it a Irfan movie. Good movie to watch.

ABHIandNOW: Go watch Yeh Saali Zindagi, BRILLIANT movie !!!

aakash_sd: The songs of Yeh Saali Zindagi are superb too !!! and how well they are blended into the movie is another amzing aspect of the movie !!

A_Wicked_Soul: Watched Yeh Saali Zindagi. Enjoyed evry moment of d movie. Strongly reccommended. Awesome dialogues. Wonderful story.

_xLNc: Got to watch 'Yeh saali zindagi' today. Movie of the decade, already!

_SiiDz_: Yeh saali zindagi nice movie i can give 3.5*

_ShallWe: In the after effects of .This bloody life..I mean Ye Saali Zindagi!! Wow was so fast paced. Blink and miss it kind. Just amzing

_PGN: Yeh Saali Zindagi. Excellent. Must Watch #YehSaaliZindagi

_mahak: Yeh saali zindagi is the must watch movie of this decade. Jaldi dekho so that we may discuss it here!

vkv_iyer: Saw Yeh Saali Zindagi! For the first time,Rajeev's review disappoints. Boss. I relied on ur review & went ! Movie is just an average grosser

tapassen1: 7Feb11-Yeh Saali Zindagi is slick movie with a somewhat complicated narrative.Never reaches the levels of intensity that Mishra is known for

senthyagu: Cut short by 30 min yeh saali zindagi is worth a watch

navinbajaj: Yeh Saali Zindagi is high on style/technique & a bit average when it comes to content. But is worth a watch. I'll give it 6/10.

EloisaKovalchec: Yeh Saali Zindagi is high on quirkiness, low on sense. And tries too hard to be cool. It's watchable but not memorable. 2.5/5

dhrubabanerjee: Yeh saali zindagi is quite ok for a one time watch and mishra has indeed bettered his inability to close vis-a-vis khoya khoya chand.

Cryptic_Writing: I recenlty watched the movie yeh saali zindagi. Decent, although must say that mishra is trying to do a guy richie on the indian audience

zooee_be: Yeh saali zindagi- pathetic screenplay.. A good script flushed down the loo by a poor visualiser!

yb_live: yeh saali zindagi kuch hajam nahi hui bai !

Vivekchandan: Went to see "Yeh saali zindagi" . Never expected such a rubbish stuff from Sudhir mishra.Total waste of potential actors in the movie .

RunamShaikh: 'Yeh saali zindagi' wt a waste f time n money......

rajalokan: Yeh sali zindagi Yeh sali zindagi Yeh sali zindagi should hv been... YEH SALI KAMINEEE M*%@&$D @#$@%$&^*%(#&#($%(%&*#()##)$* ZINDAGI.

prometheus306: Just watched yeh saali zindagi...can't make sense of the hype around chitrangada's acting skills or looks. Meh!!

nishioswal: Yeh saali zindagi...wry humor, too many characters...confused movie...too many it if u wish to but only for irfan khan..

namrata2211: do not watch yeh saali zindagi no matter how screwed u think ur life is. It'll only make it worse!

manojrp: Yeh Saali Zindagi – A Mishmash of Nonsense

insanelyinane: Ugh!yeh saali zindagi was horrible..a very mediocre movie with occasional flashes of brilliance..

atulmathew: "Yeh Saali Zindagi" is a colossal waste of time. No plot to speak of and Chitrangada and Irfan are wasted.

Abhishek_Rai: Yeh Saali Zindagi is actually like beautiful saalis. All frils , no gains.

7 readers - 5 yays 1 so-so 1 nays

Yay! Thumbs Up, by kreatiini tehostaa aivoja : Ludwigshafen Am Rhein Ruchheim

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Mr A

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Parikshit : if u liked kaminay... u ll love this

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Radio : Awesome movie, Awesome acting with Fantastic dialogues

Yay! Thumbs Up, by zarina bibi : suva

So-So, by Joy

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Kalyan

This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Plot Summary

Arun (Irrfan Khan) is in love with Priti (Chitrangda Singh). As life would have it, Priti gets mixed up with people from the underworld and Arun can't but keep himself from trying to help.

What Worked

  • Priti's apology to the goons.
  • The comment on administration being ancestral property of our politicians.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • A few of the lines sound awkward, maybe because they try to stick to one language in one sentence and thus end up using words that one wouldn't use in everyday language.
  • How come Bade says 'uski maa meri maa' about Chhote's mom, when they are half-brothers.
  • Chhote was a rather random character.

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots
  • Language: Lots of cursing
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Making out and kissing scenes
  • Concept: a few days in the lives of a few people from the underworld and how it effects a few bystanders
  • General Look and Feel: Dark. Literally

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

Lead Actors:
Character Artists:
Music Director:

Ye Saali Zindagi - Cast, crew, links

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Music Director:
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Running time:
120 minutes

Comments (6)

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nice review meetu, i'll say that sudhir is among the talented directors only problem is he's always surrounded by unconventional controversy

Thanks guddu. Don't know about controversy, all i know is a good movie is a good movie :D


I saw this film and did not like it.

Oh this was such a disappointment. Chitrangda's character lacked the sophistication that is generally associated with her. Also, I did not see any point in the on & off romance of that gangster and his wife. And as you said, it was literally too dark. The only good things were the acting of the Police Officer & Irrfan Khan. Otherwise, this was a total epic fail.

@Sunny and have you seen it yet?

@Joy & @Kalyan oops!

@Pariksht thank you! waiting for the day when such films become "mass" instead of remaining "cult" :D

I love the dialogues .. i landed on this post by searching for this movies dialogues. Can you please post some :)

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