Banners: Jar Pictures, Zee Studios
Producers: Sutapa Sikdar, Shailja Kejriwal, Ajay Rai
Director: Tanuja Chandra
Cast: Irrfan, Parvathy, Bajrangbali Singh, Anud Singh Dhaka, Neha Dhupia, Brijendra Kala, Isha Sharvani, Luke Kenny, Siddharth Menon
Writer: Kamna Chandra
Music: Anu Malik, Rochak Kohli, Vishal Mishra
The film is right on track from the moment it opens, and not once do you feel it’s losing its punch or running out of steam. You are introduced to the leading lady, followed by the leading man, and their journey, which is how they fall in love with each other.Qarib Qarib Singlle is another addition to a growing line-up of films that are attempting to give the Indian audience something unique. And, from writing to execution to performances, this film is a treat to watch.
But what makes this film different from other romantic dramas is the way it has been written and treated. And let’s not forget the performances by the lead pair, Irrfan and Parvathy.
Kudos to the writers for coming up with a unique story, which is about revisiting your past love affairs, along with the one you might end up falling in love with! Sometimes, a great idea can be killed by bad writing but in this case, the movie is clearly in able hands.
The film is about a widow Jaya (Parvathy), who lives a dull life. She has no expectations whatsoever from her life and, for her, life is only about working and helping her friends. Finally, Jaya decides to sign up on a dating site, where she ‘meets’ Yogi (Irrfan), who believes in living life to the fullest. Thus, this happy-go-lucky guy enters Jaya’s life, and even though she initially gets irritated with him, she starts to enjoy his company. Jaya advises Yogi to visit all the three women he once had affairs with and they embark on this journey together. What follows makes for an interesting tale.
Both the lead characters are very easy to relate to and after being introduced to both, you obviously want them to get together – and that’s exactly what happens. Instead of being predictable and boring, the movie is a good watch because it is easy to identify with the characters and the way the story has been treated.
The film has many memorable moments. Moreover, a taut screenplay that blends smartly with the dialogue and, sone pe suhaga, excellent performances from the lead actors makes this an interesting watch.
In a nutshell, the film tells you that opposites initially distract but eventually attract. The glue that holds this together is the way the protagonists get acquainted with each other and gradually start falling for each other. Total funtainment!
Director Tanuja Chandra, who returns to direction after almost a decade, made sure she didn’t disappoint the audience. After watching the film, you wonder why she stayed away from making movies for such a long time. Her approach and treatment of the film is very interesting. Also, the leading lady throughout speaks to the camera. Hmm, interesting.
Apart from writing, direction and performances, another USP of the film is its music. All the songs are wonderfully written, rendered and picturised. All of them not only go with the flow of the film but also enhance the impact of the movie.
Performance-wise, Irrfan once again proves that he can essay any role under the sun and with every new film of his, we get to watch a new avatar of the actor. In this film, he is completely different from anything else he has done before – and it’s absolutely incredible. Matching up to this is not easy but Parvathy does a wonderful job. She’s fantastic and a welcome addition to the talented actresses we have.
There are three cameos – that of Neha Dhupia, Isha Sharwani and Luke Kenny – and each actor delivers a good performance. Brijendra Kala puts in a brief appearance but he leaves an impact. The actor who plays the taxi driver is also very good. The rest lend adequate support.
Verdict: Don’t miss this fun ride!