The Cinema Station’s Rating: Rajdhani First AC journey (4/5)
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Parvathy, Brijendra Kala, Luke Kenny
Director: Tanuja Chandra
Romantic comedies have always been one of the genres I have enjoyed the most. So far this year, Bollywood has faired really well in the rom-com section. We had Bareilly ki Barfi, backed up by Shubh Mangal Savdhan and now Qarib Qarib SIngle is just what was needed. With the Irrfan-Parvathy combo at the helm of things, the film is done pretty well flavored with a comic screenplay and refreshing storyline.
The journey from Mumbai to Rishikesh, then Delhi followed by Jaipur and finally reaching its climax in the beautiful valleys of Gangtok covers quite a bit of the country. With vivid locations keeping you intrigued at all times, the journey kicks off in Mumbai when two middle-aged single people come across through an online dating website. What follows is a series of insecurities and questions, which generally flow in the current online dating scenario. Talking more about our lead pair, on one hand, we have a poet cum flamboyant consultant, Irrfan Khan, who is spontaneous and relishes every moment of life while on the other is Parvathy; stylish, suave, but also insecure and withholding at the same time.
As the journey progresses into the second gear, Irrfan, the poet reveals his romantic encounters in the past and the next thing we know, our lead pair are on a flight prepping for a series of encounters with Irrfan’s ex-girlfriends. Director, Taruna Chandra is back after a series of flip-flops and once again proves that she still has the Dil Toh Pagal Hai mettle in her. She takes time to build her characters up and the more we dig deeper into her film, she adds more essence and simplicity to her characters. For example, Irrfan being utterly careless at times and then being ignorant about it while Parvathy trying to imitate Irrfan’s Urdu words are some moments that help the film gel really well.
Both the halves of the film are equally brilliant. Despite all the quality and character int he film the screenplay, at times, tends to spoil the party. Just like all the other en-route stations, the music is soothing, refreshing and limited which makes the journey even more enjoyable. Supporting actors play a limited role but the constant variety in faces with Neha Dhupia, Brijendra Kala, Isha Sharwani and Luke Kenny keep tinkling with the momentum of the film.
With all its merits and some negligible flaws, Qarib Qarib Single made a huge impact on me. Taruna ends the film with Jaya settling all her insecurities of Vyogi and getting two completely opposite characters together, which should be enough for people doubting Bollywood’s ability with romantic comedies. To sum this journey up, Qarib Qarib Single is Qarib Qarib one of Bollywood’s finest films.