Movie Review: Yeh Saali Aashiqui

critic's rating: 3.0/5

Sahil Mehra (Vardhan Puri) and Mittee Deora (Shivaleeka Oberoi) are both hospitality students in a college in Shimla. He’s the poor little rich kid with a golden heart. She’s the ambitious middle-class girl who dreams big. Opposites attract, as they say. They seem destined for each other when a simple misunderstanding pulls them apart and their relationship takes a downward spiral. But it isn’t a simple lover’s tiff at heart. Much more is at stake here and saying anything else will be giving away a spoiler.

A good story and a well-plotted script which takes you from point A to point B without much adieu has become such a rarity in Bollywood that we applaud when someone follows these basics of cinema. The film starts as a normal girl-meets-boy cute romance and you think you know when the romantic song is coming and the other usual tropes and you’re pleasantly surprised when it segues into the thriller category. After that, it provides you with enough twists and turns to keep you interested. The film’s basic premise is that nobody is normal. That there are more sick people outside the mental asylum than inside and it kind of builds on that. Yes, implausible situations abound. It does get melodramatic at places and the climax is too contrived but you want to overlook all that because of the performances.

Vardhan Puri, Amrish Puri’s grandson, is a chip off the old block alright. He has the potential to shine further as more projects come to him. His dedication, his intensity can’t be denied. Shivaleeka Oberoi plays the femme fatale to a T. Her body language, her eyes, both are in tune with her character. For their debut film, both Vardhan and Shivaleeka have struck a confident pose indeed. Johnny Lever’s son Jessey Lever and Ruslaan Mumtaz have chipped in as well.

The film’s cinematography and editing are sound but the background score and the songs leave something to be desired however. There is a misogynistic streak that pops up in the second half which was totally unnecessary.

The director and the actors — all being debutantes have done their best to provide us with a decent thriller. A little more attention to detail would have turned it into a more polished product but even in this raw form, it does keep your interest alive. So full marks for the effort for sure…

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