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Bc, mc, chutiya, gandu...our audience loves to listen to gaalis. This film has it in high doses and thank god the censors passed it but why they beeped out kutiya and some other words is a wonder!
Anyone who has seen Iss raat ki subah nahin will end up comparing this to that. That came in 1996. I was 19 years old and I remember it was playing only in Minerva that too only one morning show. I must have seen it almost 3 times in theatres and the first time I saw it I became a fan of Sudhir Mishra. Later was when I saw Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi, I thought, will this director ever be able to match this or surpass this? The answer is not yet.
Yeh Saali is about Arun (Irrfan) who loves Priti (Chitrangadha) who is seeing Shyam (Vipul Gupta). How this love triangle involves a lot of other characters is what this film is about. The problem with the film is that it throws in a lot of characters together and has an almost schizophrenic screenplay on speed but in this attempt to provide racy entertainment it engages but does not connect. So you see Irrfan Khan playing him rather than the character and you seem to enjoy that because that is why you like him in the first place. An actor trapped by the audience taste. Chitragandha is HOT!!! But thats about it. When it comes to delivering lines or acting she is too thanda. Arunoday's character looks like a shadow of Lallan from Yuva. His is the only character you care for throughout the film and Arunoday's performance makes the character connect with the audience. Aditi Rao Hydari is gorgeous but doesnt get a meaty role. I wanna see more of her soon. I wonder why their track was forced into the film if the director wanted to focus on Irrfan & Chitragandha.
What works for the film are the dialogues (Manu Rishi & Sudhir Mishra) and a couple of scenes & moments but as a whole the film is all over the place. The flashbacks dont help in establishing characters and the screenplay tries very hard to impress the younger generation of viewers and in doing that it turns out looking like a wannabe film or rather a wannabe version of a Guy Ritchie film. I have seen all Sudhir Mishra films, from Dharavi onwards and I look forward to his films. Every film has some things which engage & entertain but as a whole only two films have reached the level of almost perfect. This lies somewhere between those two and the rest.
Final few words: 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.