An absolutely delightful ride-along!
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An elegantly crafted journey that freewheels into Northern India with its lead characters in tow, Qarib Qarib Singlle is witty, whimsical and charming.
Something subtly stands out in the first 10 minutes of the film as you are acquainted with a middle-aged woman Jaya (Parvathy) running through her daily ‘single’ routine – until her friend makes a ‘questionable’ suggestion. And soon enough you know where this is going.
Enter Yogi (Irrfan) – free-spirited, witty and weird. As far as first appearances go, Yogi doesn’t score on the ‘safe bet steady man’ meter. And given the ‘online’ scenario, any girl would begin to meander. But sometimes in life you need to look past the initial impression – and if you’re lucky, you may just find more ‘soul’. And Jaya on her part takes a long hard considering look before she decides to swing that chance.
As the film summons, we fall in familiar territory. The ‘odd couple’ meet and their worlds collide before finally finding cohesion. It is never easy when you have a seasoned actor like Irrfan standing in front of you. But Parvathy (the stellar lead from the Malayalam film Take Off), making her Bollywood debut, steps up to the plate and delivers – almost unassumingly. So much so that she breaks the fourth wall, literally.
Director Tanuja Chandra’s film wouldn’t resonate as much with lesser skilled actors. Well aware of this, she needed Irrfan and Parvathy’s chemistry and banter to breathe life into it. And to her demand, they deliver with veritable breeze.
Quick yet confident cameos from Neha Dhupia and Luke Kenny along the way add versatility to the film. But their characters could have been better touched upon. While unable to regain the momentum set in the first half, the film hits a few bumps before smoothly reaching the finish line.
Qarib Qarib Singlle’s screenplay is adept with situationally funny dialogues by Tanuja Chandra and and Gazal Dhaliwal. And it is Eeshit Narain’s cinematography that completes the film. His lens lends a distinct look and feel.
The premise of this ‘bon voyage’ is just as laughable and funny as the rest of the film. Well, for the most part. The end scene being the absolute highlight – and for that you will have to watch this winsome rom-com!
Director – Tanuja Chandra
Cast – Irrfan, Parvathy, Neha Dhupia, Luke Kenny