Film: Qarib Qarib Singlle
Director: Tanuja Chandra
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Parvathy, Neha Dhupia, Isha Sharvani, Pushtii Shakti, Brijendra Kala and Luke Kenny
-Kunal M Shah
You will generally only associate the young brigade to be associated with dating apps and being in relationship courtesy dating online. However Tanuja Chandra comes up with a masterstroke by bringing in the dating app with least characters Irrfan and Parvathy in this feel good happy film.
If you ask one thing that makes the film brilliant from an otherwise wafer thin story line is the dialogues and the amazing dialogue delivery by none other than Irrfan ably supported by Parvathy. From the first coffee Latte date to the India darshan, Irrfan is in his element not giving one minute respite to either the audience or the character in question Jaya. However 20 odd miniutes in the film, you can’t help but fall in love with this mad and extremely obnoxious shayer. The entire attempt looks sincere and honest to say the least.
Another icing on the cake is the introduction of the three romantic interest of Mr. Yogi which keeps the audience hooked to the ongoing narrative.
As cliché it may sound but Parvathy applies on the dating site only to meet Mr. Yogi, a self proclaimed shayer who has 6 books published on his name but all of them have been disasters. Although Jaya initially treats him like a stalker, she gets on a journey with him for reasons she herself can’t seem to understand. Thus the uncalled for journey starts off of the romance between the two which they do not realise.
The second half however is lathargic to say the least. While the surprise package of Neha Dhupia is refreshing to say the least, the angle to Jaya getting high due to sleeping tablets is extremely annoying. If not for the small cute sequences in the second half like the ‘pakoda’ , ‘bade acche lagte hai’ and the last scene in the coffee shop, the film would have been a big let down after a brilliant first half.
No prizes for guessing that the film belongs to Irrfan with his screen presence and the ease with which he carries off such a complex character. Parvathy makes a decent debut but she sure would have been happier if she was presented in a little better way. The chemistry between the lead actors also could have been better.
The DOP also deserves brownie points for his work. From Hrishikesh to Gangtok your experience will make you wonder if India is indeed beautiful.
After a few forgettable few films, Tanuja Chandra makes a outstanding comeback. If she would have been ably supported by the screenplay, we would have got an extraordinary film. But for the time being, we have to be happy with a good film.
Go for this quirky romance purely for Irrfan and Parvathy.