Qarib Qarib Singlle
Qarib Qarib Singlle: A Light-Hearted Comedy with Strong Performances
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
A few minutes into Qarib Qarib Singlle, we come across the predictable story of two opposite personalities facing hurdles and falling in love. The refreshing performance of the two lead actors and the mature portrayal of online dating makes the movie a decent entertainer.
Directed by Tanuja Chandra, the movie takes us through the journey of two contrasting individuals to different locales to fulfill a strange purpose. Jaya (Parvathy), a single working woman, closed and insecure about the people around her and Yogi (Irrfan Khan) as a chirpy persona who goes with the flow take the movie forward.
One of the highlights is the characterization where the director has taken time develop the characters. Jaya is depicted as a strict colleague who tries hard to portray her best version, while Yogi brings out his casual charm in the very first coffee date sequence. Irrfan aces in his performance as a chatterbox with a quirky dress sense. The sequence where Yogi travels in a taxi to Rishikesh while picking up travelers, old and young, and celebrating with them is heartwarming.
Qarib Qarib Singlle is quite different from the usual run-of-the-mill travelogue rom-com movies. It focuses more on Jaya discovering herself in the midst of the travel mishaps, Yogi’s endless coversations and visits to his past girlfriends. The film convincingly portrays Jaya as a Malayalee by lacing her dialogues with hints of Malayalam that she delivers spontaneously.
Cinematography by Eeshit Narain captures the mood and feel of travel with varying tones and the people they come across, from Rishikesh to Gangtok. Soundtracks by Rokchak Kohli and Vishal Mishra are average and they work only in tandem with the storyline of the movie. Dialogues are neither punchy nor a drag, but the movie seemed to focus more on the casual talk of Yogi than on Jaya’s closed character. A transition to a more opened-up version of Jaya in the ending would have added some punch to the film.
The movie might not appeal to those looking for that dreamy travel rom-com story. It maintains its slow pace, devoid of glitz, glamour or romance and yet impresses with the feel-good storyline and characterization.