Kamna Chandra (story), Tanuja Chandra (screenplay)
Irrfan Khan, Parvathy, Bajrangbali Singh.
Qarib Qarib Singlle movie revolves around our two middle-aged protagonists Yogi (Irrfan Khan) and Jaya (Parvathy). With their lives a string of failed relationships and without any family responsibilities, these two adults meet accidentally on their journey of self-exploration.
One thing leads to another and the two decide to travel together. Looking back at their lives and their past relationships, the two begin to bond over time and their eventful journey.
Directed by Tanuja Chandra who also directed several films, many of which went unnoticed. Yet films like Sur – The Melody of Life (2002) and Film Star (2005), which were directed and written by Chandra, won favourable reviews from critics and received praise for her work as a director and writer, the movie is based on a play written by her mother years ago, and hence the flavor. However, the movie captures the current times well and presents Romance in a new way. The film has two to three songs and all of them fit into the moments they are placed in, ‘Bade acche lagte hai’- sung by Ifran Khan on screen seems to be quite mesmerizing though the actor has sung just a single line it captures a whole lot of intense emotion between the two main characters of the film.
Qarib Qarib Singlle movie promises to be a fresh family movie with a touch of some real romance. You don’t have larger than life problems, elaborate song, and dance sequences, or extravagant lifestyles in this story. While Irrfan Khan looks similar to what he did in Hindi Medium, the actor’s dialogue delivery and screen presence have the charm that makes him a good choice for the movie.
Although set in current times Qarib Qarib Singlle resonates with the life as we see in reality and not in reel life. Irrfan Khan once again brings to life an average middle-aged character in a movie that will remind many of the genres of Amol Palekar movies or Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies that presented a slice of life. The film begins with an overview of Jaya’s life, which shows there is a hole in her which she needs to fix it. Jaya takes the initiative and meets Yogi, Ifran Khan being a fine actor pulls up the character quite well and holds the wit of the character, whereas Parvathy was never the less had the same charm throughout her shots. The monotonous way of choosing heroin of our Hindi film industry is changing, producers are more focused on stories, and they are producing good content out of it, Beauty is not all about skin color or being slim, it comes in all shapes and sizes, the dialog delivery and every single move of the characters are very natural with all the screen plays and shots taken. There were more of real noise than background music in the film which gave it a real feel. The only thing which could turn out to be little weird about the film is its ending. The Indian audience is mostly habituated seeing an ending like most dramatic Bollywood movies have happy endings, this one lacks that part, but every ending has its own way.
Qarib Qarib Singlle– It comes under- family, drama, and comedy genera. If you are planning for little fun time and refreshing with family then this is a must go for it film.
By Pramit Chakraborty