Qarib Qarib Singlle is the result of two very fine actors and an amazing director coming together and creating a film out of love.
The film trails the life of Jaya (Parvathy), a 35-year-old widow who is searching for the meaning of her life. She meets Yogi (Irrfan) over a website called abtaksingle.com and eventually ends up going with him to Rishikesh, Jaipur, and Sikkim to meet three of his ex-girlfriends.
This film is not a regular love story. It is rather, a new take on love. It has the freshness that Meri Pyaari Bindu had. Director Tanuja Chandra, who co-wrote Dil Toh Pagal Hai and directed films Dushman and Sangharsh among others tells us a very new story. A story that doesn’t shout that it is a love story, but is one. Jaya and Yogi aren’t the sorts of people who are meant to live and die together but rather those who build a relationship and make it happen. They don’t believe in soulmates, but fall in love (not necessarily with each other) and wait for the magic to happen.
Now, what can one say about Irrfan. Anything you say acts like an understatement for the talent this man possesses. He is an actor so so perfect that you just buy whatever character he plays. And the same with Yogi. Yogi is a, in simple words, crack head. He does what he wants to, says whatever comes to his mind and never shies away from anything. He is not perfect and he knows that. And the beauty of Irrfan is that he goes down to Yogi’s level to bring out the character from within.
But Irrfan is not the real hero of this film. It is Parvathy. Making her Bollywood debut, this Malayalam actress is a star in the true sense of the term. After watching her play Jaya, I seriously cannot think of anyone else who could have played this part so beautifully. Of course, actors like Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan or even Kangana Ranaut could have played Jaya to the T, but the beauty that Parvathy adds to her is next level. Whether she is crying, laughing, creating a scene when drunk or just casually staring into the distance, she brings out all possible nuances of Jaya.
Even though Irrfan and Parvathy are perfect independently, you don’t always buy them as a couple. But I think that is what Chandra wanted to establish – two imperfect people, who fall in love and adopt their imperfections.
What acts like the cherry on the cake to this film is Chandra’s writing. Whether it is the dialogues, the characters or the scenes. It is all up to the mark!
All in all, Qarib Qarib Singlle is a must watch. Not to notice the imperfect lives of both Yogi and Jaya, but to see the beauty in your own.