Qarib Qarib Singlle movie review: A heartfelt film where Parvathy outshines a superb Irrfan BY SAEED NASIR

Qarib Qarb Singlle movie review: Irrfan and Parvathy celebrity in a love history that comes with the dreaded tag — at least in Bollywood — of mature. As well as for once, Tauja Chandra ensures it is a good thing.


Qarib Qarib Singlle brings is approximately Irrfan and Parvathy who may well not dash headlong into love however when their romance does blossom, it will there be to stay.
Qarib Qarib Singlle brings is about Irrfan and Parvathy who may not dash headlong into love however when their romance does blossom, it is there to stay.
Qarib Qarb Singlle
Director: Tanuja Chandra
Cast: Irrfan, Parvathy
Ranking: 4/5

Tanuja Chandra profits to films following a gap of nine years with Irrfan-Parvathy-starrer Qarib Qarib Singlle, getting with her a refreshingly sweet but adult love story.

The movie explains to the storyline of two adults who embark after a journey and find out themselves in the process. It commences with Jaya (Parvathy), a work-obsessed 35-year-old widow who holds her understated personality in pastel dresses. While she rules her workplace, Jaya lacks confidence when it comes to her personal life. She shies from achieving people, dedicates her Sundays to baby-sitting, and tries to please everyone around her.


Irrfan and Parvathy in a still from Qarib Qarib Singlle.
Because of a dating website called Ab Tak Sole, Yogi (Irrfan) gets into the scene. The entire world he brings with him is totally different – he’s outspoken, exudes assurance, wears scarlet and yellow clothes, and feels in living in the moment.

With the lead heroes, Tanuja will take us over a journey from Mumbai to Dehdradun, Roorkee, Jaipur and Gangtok. The movie offers a sneak peek of the scenic beauty that these places have to give you, but doesn’t begin meandering either. Even though the characters take on a luxury coach trip or a street trip to Gangtok, the concentrate remains on their personal journeys through it all.

Both Yogi and Jaya come with baggage of their particular pasts, but as the former is available to new connections, Jaya is not sure. Focussing more on Jaya, the movie offers little description for Yogi’s wealth or his backdrop (aside from his previous girlfriends, of course). The attraction and maturity of the love story, however, do not allow us to dwell too much time on these important details that appear to be missing.

The interactions between the lead few are a novel and practical way of depicting romance in Bollywood. They are simply devoid of blossoms, hearts and chocolates, and even make light of cinematic cliches like “saath jeene marne ki kasamein”.

Virtually all the music in the film remain in the background, apart from Atif Aslam’s Jaane De – a smart choice as it only adds to the feelings while keeping the stream of the narrative unchanged. Khatam Kahani is one melody that stands out, mainly because of Raj Shekhar’s lyrics, and is also aptly positioned in the story.

Through the film, Irrfan’s identity charms his way into the hearts of the audience and – eventually – Jaya herself. She confirms him annoying, but in a lovely way.


Malayalam actress Parvathy, who makes her Bollywood debut with the film, is the perfect choice for the paradoxical role of the under-confident but self-dependant girl who fights a lonely struggle with the ghosts from her recent and eventually emerges the victor.

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