Yehi Hai Zindagi
By: By Taran Adarsh (IndiaFM.com)
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Tuesday 11 January 2005
Yehi Hai Zindagi
Gracy Singh, Shivaji Satam, Supriya Karnik, Parvin Dabas
There are times when film-makers you have not placed your bet on, turn out to be a winner eventually. That's what happened with Ajay Phansekar during his last film Encounter - The KIlling.
Unfortunately, his latest effort, Yehi Hai Zindagi, does not meet the expectations one had with Phansekar.
Vasundhara [Gracy Singh] is a classical dance performer, born into a middle class family [Shivaji Satam and Supriya Karnik are her parents]. She has strong Indian values inculcated in her. She cannot tolerate people who detest her country. Resultantly, she doesn't like performing abroad either.
But Pintya [Mukesh Tiwari] and his mafia gang want Vasundhara to have a performance in Singapore. And to get his job done, he hires the services of another goon, Vijay [Parvin Dabas].
All's well until it turns out at the eleventh hour that Vasundhara has already left for Mauritius. In the meantime, two murders take place in Mumbai, one of them being that of an innocent, who has come to save Vasundhara from being abducted. Vijay is blamed for the murders. Even as he is on the run, he pledges his support to the two children that the slain light-man left behind.
Priot to that, Vasundhara gives a thunderous performance in Mauritius. A millionaire Udaybhan [Saahil Khan] falls in love with Vasundhara and proposes marriage. She asks for some time to think over.
Back to the current: She adopts the two kids left behind by her saviour.
The theme is socially relevant, but could have done without the underworld element. It may well have been more powerful and the script a lot of more crisper and tighter.
The characterizations too seem flawed, as most of the roles do not suit the actors playing them. Moreover, there are too many characters, leading to chaos and confusion. Add to that an over-dosage of mafia lingo and Yehi Hai Zindagi nearly falls into the B-grade genre.
As for the music, a few songs are well tuned, but lack of promotion will make them go unnoticed.
Performance-wise, Parvin Dabas looks ill at ease in a role that demands bhaigiri. Mukesh Tiwari does quite well. Gracy Singh is so-so, though she needs to watch her weight as also check on her outfits [horrendous!]. Saahil Khan passes muster. The seasoned Shivaji Satam is the pick of the supporting cast.
On the whole, Yehi Hai Zindagi does not have the technical finesse, nor a strong script to boast of. At the box-office, it stands minimal chance of surviving.