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Qarib Qarib Singlle  : Almost, Almost But Not Quite There
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Friday, November 10, 2017
Tanuja Chandra
Parvathy, Irrfan Khan

This time, director Tanuja Chandra gets it qarib qarib right. Taking off with a story written by her mother Kaamna Chandra, Tanuja presents smart single girl Jaya Shashidharan who’s no air-headed Brigitte Jones dying for male attention.


It’s fleetingly but not frivolously mentioned that she was widowed early. But she’s savvy, sensible, doesn’t wallow in self-pity, and she’s ready to move on. Single girls will completely strike a chord with the hints and digs from friends or elders that it’s time there was a man around her.


It’s a site called Ab Tak Singlle that brings Yogi and a latte date into her life. She’s not quite bowled over but he’s decent and definitely interesting. One date leads to another until they set off to meet his ex-girlfriends. It’s strictly platonic with separate rooms and Jaya pretending to be his cousin. He doesn’t cross the line, doesn’t even attempt to, and she’s clear that she won’t share her bottle of water with anybody. Anice enough premise tohave a relationship blossom organically and to showcase India’s Ganga aarti and other sights as Jaya and Yogi go to Rishikesh, Rajasthan and Gangtok.


Inevitably, there are tantrums when Jaya won’t admit that watching him with the women from his past makes her squirm. 


The dialogues are fresh and contemporary like Jaya saying, a ‘Like’ on your page is like a ‘Wah’. There’s alsoa warm Skype equation Jaya has with her kid brother.


Tanuja creates some really refreshing moments. Even the end is neat where all he asks her is, will you share a bottle of water with me?


But it’s a problem that afflicts all relationship movies. You know where it’ll end, so midway you start getting fidgety about why it’s taking such a circuitous route to get there.There’s a limit to adventure sports, missed flights and bonfire nights. And that’s where it becomes qarib qarib drowsy. Much like the never-ending scene after Jaya pops a few sleeping tablets.


Parvathy from Kerala has charm even if she’s not quite svelte. Irrfan Khan with his amusing style of dialogue delivery keeps it light and breezy and makes Yogi endearing even with those loud clothes.  


However, the romance and the chemistry don’t really build up and ultimately, it’s a trip where you can’t wait for the destination.


For a subject that’s urban and peppy but gets tedious after a point, Qarib Qarib Singlle gets a 2.5* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author


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