Qarib Qarib Singlle is a Bollywood Comedy Drama movie
directed by Tanuja Chandra.
Starring Irrfan Khan,Parvathy,Bajrangbali Singh,Neha Dhupia,Isha Sharvani,Brijendra Kala,Luke Kenny,Pushtii Shakti,Siddharth Menon,Anud Singh Dhaka.
'Qarib Qarib Singlle': The best travel rom-com since 'Jab We Met'
(Review By Subhash K. Jha ; Rating: ****)
Look, there are lots of problems in "Qarib Qarib Singlle" -- as there are in
life. But that's what makes life, and life in the movies, worth living.
"Qarib Qarib Singlle" is a delightful 'romp'-com about two middle-aged strangers
-- one a widow and the other a vagabond -- travelling together to meet his
ex-girlfriends. Don't giggle. Nothing new here. But then if you want something
new, please visit your nearest mall and buy yourself a fresh coat of paint for
your living room. Movies make sense only when they bring us characters we know
in ways that we never knew that we knew them.
And I can swear I have met Yogi and Jaya somewhere. The fact that they are
played by Irrfan and Parvathy (a prized find for Bollywood) is just so
providential for director Tanuja Chandra. The director gets the best possible
actors for the two principal parts. I can't imagine what Yogi and Jaya would
have been like had they been played by George Clooney and Meryl Streep.
What follows after the flawless casting for the flawed protagonists is sheer
serendipity, as Yogi and Jaya -- so mismatched they make chalk and cheese appear
like long-lost twins -- take off on a journey that they, and we, can never
More than anything else, it is just so refreshing to meet protagonists who are
over-the-hill and not afraid of the view on the other side. At least not afraid
to peep with brazen curiosity to see what lies in store after middle age.
So, I was telling you about Jaya and Yogi. Jaya is a 35-year-old widow and Yogi
is an obnoxious 'chipkoo' -- a human leech -- who just doesn't know when to stop
trying to get the other person's attention. In real life, we avoid the Yogis,
although we know they are helpful, kind, generous, considerate and well-meaning.
Irrfan pulls out all stops to play Yogi. He redefines the word 'obnoxious', and
manages to make Yogi endearing, like a distant benign loud and crass cousin who
makes politically incorrect ambivalently sexist comments sound plausible and
acceptable. I doubt any actor, except Irrfan, could have played Yogi so
Irrfan has a terrific co-star in Parvathy, a well-known name from Malayalam
cinema. She plays Jaya with the right doses of insecurity and swagger, pulling
in her breath when tense, exhaling exuberantly when relaxed, making Jaya one of
Bollywood's first post-30 heroines whose insecurities define rather than
obstruct the free flow of feistiness.
There are memorable cameos dotting the devilishly flippant plot. Sidharth Menon
as Jaya's brother on Facetime, is a part that shines for its writing. Navneet
Nishan as a ditzy gossip-monger shows up twice with lumbering languor. And the
wonderful Brajendra Kala is terrific in a cameo as a hotel receptionist
wondering if he should allot a single or a double room to Yogi and Jaya.
Our thoughts, exactly.
Though we know how this would end (movie hai na, baba), we get sucked into Yogi
and Jaya's crazy Bharat Darshan, probably because we have all been in such
situations thrown together with people whom ideally we would avoid. Also, the
journey is so strikingly captured.
Cinematographer Eeshit Narain makes Hardwar, Rishikesh, Gangtok and even
Rajasthan look inviting enough to make us want to leave everything behind and
rush for a vacation.
But not now, please! There is business yet to be finished between this
criminally unmatched couple who seem to share nothing in common except trains,
planes and taxis. Speaking of taxis, there are two interesting cameos by
chauffeurs whom Irrfan's Yogi insists on calling 'Betaji' and who, again, like
much else in the film, are people whom we've all met at some point in life.
The film persistently strikes up conversations we have had, or overheard
somewhere or the other.
Tanuja Chandra's film doesn't simply touch your heart. It runs against the most
sensitive portions of the heart, tugs and pulls at your emotions in ways that
are far from manipulative or gratuitous. Yes, some portions after the midpoint
get repetitive. The narrative tends to sag in parts. But nothing that Irrfan and
Parvathy can't swoop up in their arms and revivify.
The film is a gloriously joyous journey into the heart and the heartland. It is
refreshing to come across a film where the protagonists sound neither
over-rehearsed nor strenuously casual. The conversations are real. Mercifully,
when these protagonists talk or sing they are not afraid to make mistakes.
And yes, get ready to fall in love with that vintage Amit Kumar-R.D. Burman
number "Bade achche lagte hain" all over again.
Actress Neha Dhupia, who was seen flaunting her chic and glamourous avatars in films like "Tumhari Sulu" and "Qarib Qarib Singlle", says her fashion sense has evolved over the years and she now understands what works best for her."For me, fashion is about embracing yourself the way you are and ultimately being completely comfortable in your own skin. Over the years, my fashion choices have evolved and I like to experiment with different styles, be it glamourous or edgy.Read More
"Qarib Qarib Singlle" director Tanuja Chandra says she has inherited her creative genes from her mother Kamna Chandra, who has written films like "Prem Rog", "1942-A Love Story" and "Chandni".Read More
Qarib Qarib Singlle Synopsis
Join Jaya and Yogi on their journey to retrace past relationships that end up
in the most eventful, strange and yet the most crazy trip of their lives... but
don't worry... Saath Jeene Marne Wali Love Story Nahi Hai Inki .... ;)