Qarib Qarib Singlle is directed by Tanuja Chandra (Dushman, Sangharsh, Sur) and stars Irrfan Khan and Parvathy (Take Off, Maryan) as two people who are as different as they can be. While Yogi (Irrfan) is a flamboyant and racy poet who is full of himself and is as humorous as he is unpredictable. Jaya is straight as a stick and lives life strictly by the rules. She is retorted to a shell and would do anything not to be pulled out of it. However, realizing the fact that time might be running out for her (after a hilarious discussion about her future with a colleague) to have a semblance of what can be called “life”, she lets the over the top Yogi drag her into a cross-country tour that would not only bring the two together but would also show the best and worst in them.

Qarib Qarib Singlle is a sweet and entertaining film that is aware of itself. The director ensures that the film is self-sure and knows exactly what to aim for. The good news is, it ends up hitting the right notes. This is in no way a film that will enthrall you or make you think for the rest of your lives about its content. What it is is a passable and entertaining fair with memorable performances, quirky humor and beautiful locales.

The film starts off like most other films of this type but within moments of the two primary characters making each other’s acquaintance, the film takes a different turn. What I found amusing about the whole plot was how little time was spent on the two characters trying to woo each other. They spend most of the film speaking about their ex’s and Yogi spends most of his time visiting them and in the course of doing that, he ends up doing things that capture the imagination of Jaya. Jaya, on the other hand, has her own charm. She has a pull that is difficult for Yogi to explain but he gets sucked into her charm more and more as they make their way through the picture-esc locales of our country. While very little is said and done by both the parties about their mutual future together, they gradually fall for each other. That was a welcome change from the run of the mill’s affairs.

Irrfan Khan is always a delightful actor to have in a film. He has done well in bad films and in many ways elevated them and so it’s no wonder that when he is given a good film like this one, he is bound to excel. He is natural as ever and the comic timing that he strikes up with Parvathy is striking. There are some scenes that made me go ROFL. The very first sequence where we are introduced to his character and the segment involving the “Latte” is hilarious. The scenes where he keeps leaving Parvathy in tricky situations thanks to his insane luck of missing or getting into trouble with transportation is bound to leave you in splits.

Parvathy makes the character of Jaya her own. She is so natural and gracious in her interpretation of the character that it is hard not to fall in love with her. Towards the end of the film, as she ventures out of her shell, her character becomes an even bigger treat to watch. There is an earnestness in her portrayal that is very hard to ignore. I can go to the extent of saying that I cannot think of anyone else doing this role as well as she does. It also has to be mentioned that she looks absolutely ravishing in a totally de-glam avatar.

The film’s songs act as a stickler here and there but they are kind of soothing and I didn’t mind them too much so to speak. The film boasts of beautiful cinematography which essentially captures the mood and beauty of the picture as well as the locales that the characters visit. The pacing is just about ok even though it cloud have been cut further by say another 5-10 minutes.

My only complaints with the film are related to its generic content and its lack of novelty. It’s a film of specific type and content and it remains contained in that boundary never trying to rise above the level of its content. That, while is an advantage for it at many junctures, also makes it just about passable and nothing special. The bravura performances by the leading pair, the comedy and the look and feel of the film are some of its forte which is bound to impress the audiences.

Rating : 3/5 (3 Out of 5 Stars)




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