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Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar

YEH ZINDAGI Ka Safar" is beautiful. With delectable Amisha Patel — now enticingly vulnerable, now alluringly voluptuous — for a companion, what else can it be? With Tanuja Chandra in the driver's seat and pleasant, perky Jimmy Shergill sporting a smile which conceals his sincerity and Nafisa Ali making understatement an enduring art, it is a jolly good ride all the way.

``Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar'' is Amisha's third Hindi film after the overwhelming success of ``Kaho Na Pyar Hai'' and ``Gadar: Ek Prem Katha".

This simple story of a pop star's search for her mother is unlikely to replicate the width and vastness of the earlier two films. But it is a gripping tale of a gritty girl who leaves behind the charms and comforts of celebrity living to trace down her mother living a life of renunciation after undergoing humiliation — kind of paying the price for maintaining dignified, if inopportune, silence.

Along the way, she is helped by Jimmy's journalist hero, who claims to be the editor of a newspaper, but works like a rookie reporter.

The usual jabs between the haughty heroine and a not-so-humble-to-the-haughty hero quickly give way to a sensitive unfolding of the human drama which keeps the viewer engrossed with the girl's search for her biological roots.

As the girl steps out of her celebrity confines and boards a public transport bus trying to come face-to-face with her past, the director forgets that she is no ordinary girl. People do not ask for autographs or bend over backwards to attend to her whims.

Similarly, when the Commissioner is involved in a street brawl, there is no help for him.

These are jarring flaws. ``Yeh Zindagi Ka Safar''is not a frontbencher's delight. Watch it for delicate Amisha's strong performance


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