Vardhan Puri-Shivaleeka Oberoi starrer Yeh Saali Aashiqui is based on two young hospitality students, Sahil Mehra and Mittee Deora, who meet in a college in Shimla, it’s apparently instant love for the two. But the question which comes up is, is love as innocent and real as it seems?
Vardhan has pulled off the different facets of his on-screen persona that of a soft-spoken guy hopelessly in love, an angry young man bubbling with revenge, a funny lad adding humor to the darkness, a sinner and the one who has been sinned against with equal and utmost ease. He owns the show from the first frame to the last, never losing his grip.
Is Mittee a wronged victim or a practiced gold digger for whom Sahil is only the latest mark? The 136-minute movie makes its position clear and sticks to it firmly.
The whole movie is based on this storyline. Sahil’s quest to understand the truth takes him through a maze of sidesteps and blind alleys, with a part of the journey winding through an asylum whose treatment methods date back to a few decades ago. Some of the plot turns make sense and others don’t, but the screenplay, by Vardhan Puri.
The music and background score of ‘Yeh Saali Aashiqui’ is bang on and the rapping part is hilarious and rightly. The background score heightens the drama and lends weight to some of the highlights of the film.
Yes, some parts of it seem all too convenient and the length could have been tighter. Vardhan Puri recreating Amrish Puri’s scene from DDLJ is to watch out for. For a debutant, the range which he carries on screen is tremendous. The film is overall a dark love story that will leave you wondering.
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