Yeh Saali Aashiqui

Vardhan Puri, Shivaleeka Oberoi, Ruslaan Mumtaz
Cherag Ruparel

Yeh Saali Aashiqui has left us all curious, we want to know what the drama is all about between the two leading actors, we want to know how the story ends but most importantly we want to know if Vardhan Puri is going to stick in Bollywood. Legendary actor, Amrish Puri’s family (Son Rajeev Amrish Puri and wife, Meena) is set to launch their son and we want to know everything about it, naturally.

The trailers of the film have been impressive but here’s what the film has in store for us all…

As a young person, falling in love is the single most amazing thing to happen to you. Sahil Mehra (Vardhan Puri) believes he has met the girl of his dreams Mittee Deora (Shivaleeka Oberoi) The two hotel management students are intelligent, talented and enjoying the love… but something seems amiss. What is it that’s between them really? Something doesn’t add up, and you cannot seem to shake the thought.

As times change, Sahil and Mittee are no longer the two sweethearts from school. Eventually, we find ourselves with Sahil, in the interrogation room where it is claimed that Sahil had attacked Mittee in her own house! While there is nothing proving his intrusion, Mittee is sticking to her story. What baffles the officers more is the fact that both Sahil and Mittee are giving them two different stories. Who is saying the truth, what went so drastically wrong between the young couple – well, that story is worth a theatre ticket. 

As to whether you will get your price’s worth, well yes! The film might not have the production standards, the audience is used to today but the film is fast paced and pretty thrilling. While it does have a resemblance to movies we have seen before, the treatment and the thrills are pretty interesting. The major win for the film is the new blood that it has infused in Bollywood. 

Vardhan Puri – Amrish Puri’s grandson might be influenced by a bunch of Bollywood actors (Shahid Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor more prominently than the rest) but for a first-time actor he is not at all bad. He comes with a lot of confidence and a certain charm. His looks to be groomed keeping up with the times but his brand of cinema is a nice mesh of old school meets new. Vardhan who has also contributed to the dialogues of the film, seems to be in for the long haul. 

Shivaleeka Oberoi does her part remarkably too. She is not the types to cower, and she gives back as well as she gets. 

However, the film's music – an essential element for debutants as it ensures recall, falls completely flat. There is not a single song that is a chart-topper amongst the few songs. When you come out of the theatre, you are sure that the whole lot of debutantes in this film, including the director have given this film their all. Yet, they have limitations but they sure did give a fight. Here’s hoping they build some faith in the hearts of the industry so we can look forward to something different from each of them!


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