Yeh Saali Zindagi

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Yeh Saali Zindagi
Yeh Saali Zindagi Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sudhir Mishra
Produced by Prakash Jha
Starring Irrfan Khan
Arunoday Singh
Chitrangada Singh
Aditi Rao Hydari
Music by Nishat Khan
Abhishek Ray
Cinematography Sachin Kumar Krishnan
Distributed by Cine Raas Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Release date
  • 4 February 2011 (2011-02-04)
[1]
Running time
134 Minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 80 million
Box office 107.5 million[2]

Yeh Saali Zindagi (lit. This damn life) is a 2011 Hindi romantic thriller film directed by Sudhir Mishra. The film stars Irrfan Khan, Chitrangada Singh, Arunoday Singh and Aditi Rao Hydari in the lead roles.[3] The film was released on 4 February 2011[4] to positive critical acclaim and was moderately successful at the box office.[5]

Plot[edit]

Arun (Irrfan Khan) is a Chartered Accountant who works for Mr. Mehta (Saurabh Shukla) and helps him run his illegal business. Arun is in love with Priti (Chitrangada Singh), but she falls for Shyam (Vipul Gupta), who was introduced to her by Arun.

After Badey, a gangster of Delhi (Yashpal Sharma), falls out of favour of Minister Verma (Anil Sharma), he is sent to jail and humiliated and beaten everyday on orders of the Minister. Satbir (Sushant Singh) is a dishonest cop who works for Badey and helps him in the jail. Kuldeep (Arunoday Singh), who is also in jail with Badey is released and goes to his wife Shanti (Aditi Rao Hydari). Badey's brother, Chhotey (Prashant Narayanan) and his gang of members, Kuldeep, Tony, Chacha, Guddu and others plan Badey's release by kidnapping Verma's to be son-in-law, Shyam and daughter, Anjali (Madhvi Singh). Things do not go as planned and they end up kidnapping Shyam and his girlfriend Priti. To ensure Shyam's safety, Priti agrees to liaise between Verma and the gangsters, not knowing that Arun had been following them since the abduction. She meets Anjali, Verma and Shyam's father Singhania (Nasser Abdullah). However, Mr. Verma, who comes to know about Shyam's affair with Priti refuses to negotiate Badey's release. Arun, in the meantime, transfers illegal and hawala money into the bank accounts of Verma's son and threatens him with leaking this information to media if he does not ensure Badey's release. However, it comes to light that Chhotey wants to get Badey out only to get details of his bank accounts and plans to kill him. Learning of this, Badey gives the details of his foreign bank accounts to Kuldeep.

Upon being rescued from the prison, Chhotey unexpectedly comes from Georgia and meets Badey. In the meantime, police reach the spot and in the cross fire, Badey escapes from Chhotey and is helped by Kuldeep and his gang. However, he gets shot in the back and later commits suicide. With Badey dead and Chhotey looking for him, Kuldeep decides to leave the country and asks Shyam's father for a ransom of 15 crores. Priti, under the guise of calling Mr. Singhania, calls Arun. Arun reaches the spot and tells Priti that he transferred 170 million into her account which should be used by her to free Shyam and herself and live a happy life. Priti, now realizes that she actually loves Arun.

Priti brings the money to a port from where Kuldeep plans to escape. Chhotey also reaches there, but Satbir double crosses him and Kuldeep kills Chhotey to avenge the murder of his father. However, one of the bullets hits a railing and ricochets and hits Arun. The gangsters leave the spot and Priti confesses to Arun that she loves him.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received positive acclaim from critics. Nikhat Kazmi from the Times of India gave it 4.5/5 saying "Dark, devious and different, Yeh Saali Zindagi is brain-and-brawn drama".[6]

Sukanya Verma from Rediff.com rated it 3.5/5 calling it a "A twisted entertainer" and further stated that "Yeh Saali Zindagi rocks, it's wonderfully unrestrained and entertaining with its mouthful of zingers penned by Mishra and Manu Rishi".[7]

Rajeev Masand from IBNLive gave it 3 out of 5 stating that "Yeh Saali Zindagi surprises you, it takes its time to unfold, but it's a delicious little treat if you muster the patience for it".[8]

Kaveree Bamzai from India Today gave it 3 out of 5 and said "It's a delightful little trifle that is individual fun, and so well acted".[9]

Blessy Chettiar from the DNA also gave it 3 out of 5 saying that "Yeh Saali Zindagi, is chaotic but enjoyable, just like its hatke title Mishra presents a thrilling and hatke account of two men and the lengths they go to for love".[10]

Mayank Shekhar from Hindustan Times gave the film 3 out of 5.[11] On the review aggregator website ReviewGang, the film has received a 6.5/10 rating.[12] On Rotten Tomatoes website Yeh Saali Zindagi has received a 75% fresh rating.[13]

Box office[edit]

Yeh Saali Zindagi opened well at the box office scoring 45.0 million net over its first weekend.[14] It remained steady throughout its first week grossing 75 million net. The film saw a huge drop in its second week, due to the release of Patiala House and grossed just 3 crore net. It finished its lifetime collections at 107.5 million net.[15][16] It was declared "Average" by Boxoffice-India.[17]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music has been composed by sitarist Nishat Khan and has lyrics penned by Swanand Kirkire.The Yeh Saali Zindagi song has been composed and sung by Abhishek Ray.

Yeh Saali Zindagi
Soundtrack album by Nishat Khan
Genre Film Soundtrack
Length 39:19
Label T-Series
Track listing
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Dil Dar Ba Dar"Shilpa Rao & Javed Ali5:54
2."Ishq Tere Jalwe"Shilpa Rao & Javed Ali5:37
3."Kaise Kahein Alvida"Javed Ali4:15
4."Sararara"Sukhwinder Singh5:21
5."Sararara"Javed Ali5:21
6."Yeh Saali Zindagi"Sunidhi Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala & Shilpa Rao5:01
7."Yeh Saali Zindagi (Bonus Song)"Abhishek Ray3:28
8."Yeh Saali Zindagi (Female Version)"Sunidhi Chauhan & Shilpa Rao5:02

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