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Qarib Qarib Singlle Movie Review

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Quick Take: A cheerful story with an acceptable ending.


What the film is all about?


Qarib Qarib Singlle tells the story of Viyogi (Irrfan Khan) and Jaya (Parvathy Thiruvothu), two people who are poles apart in their attitudes towards life. They meet through an online dating service and start exploring life together. Despite its comic moments, this film is not like any other regular comedy flick. It is a blend of happiness and heart-touching drama. Tanuja Chandra does enough to keep us glued to our couches till the very end.  


The unique quarrelsome chemistry between Irrfan Khan and Parvathy Thiruvothu is worth your while
The unique quarrelsome chemistry between Irrfan Khan and Parvathy Thiruvothu is worth your while


The Review


Tanuja Chandra’s Qarib Qarib Singlle has no novelty or exciting factor, it has a theme that has been used over and over in many Bollywood movies. However, this movie is a bit different, the protagonists are in their mid-30s and have already seen much loneliness and pain in their lives. Jaya is a widow and is finally trying to move on with her life, but the love of her late husband is preventing her. Viyogi, a carefree man had three unsuccessful love. Now he wants to finally succeed in one. They embark on a journey to understand each other before falling for each other despite a myriad of differences. 


The music and cinematography are fine. I felt connected to the movie while Parvathy and Irrfan were roaming in the streets of Dehradun, Jaipur, Delhi, and Gangtok. In a very subtle way, the director gives us an amazingly authentic feel of diverse Indian culture. 


Coming to acting, Parvathy looks very comfortable and convincing in her role. There’s no glamor attached to her character, but she still manages to attract us towards Jaya. And, as we expect, Irrfan is at his best, again! His character is really interesting and makes you laugh throughout the film. What lacks in terms of content in Qarib Qarib Singlle is compensated by Irrfan Khan’s acting and Tanuja Chandra’s uncomplicated direction.


Parvathy Thiruvothu manages to attract us towards Jaya
Parvathy Thiruvothu manages to attract us towards Jaya


My Verdict & Rating of Qarib Qarib Singlle


In my view, it is definitely a movie not to be overlooked. The unique quarrelsome chemistry between Irrfan Khan and Parvathy Thiruvothu is worth your while. The story is smooth and easy to digest; however, it lacks conviction in many places. I am giving it a perfect 10. The reason is simple: this is an uncomplicated, short, and sweet movie. So, if you are looking to watch some decent stuff on a lazy weekend afternoon, then this movie is a good option. Qarib Qarib Singlle is available on Netflix. 


The World of Movies Rating 10/10


Movie Title: Qarib Qarib Singlle

English Title: Almost Single

Directed by: Tanuja Chandra

Written by: Kamna Chandra

Main Cast: Irrfan Khan, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Neha Dhupia

Year of Release: 2017

Genre: Romance, Comedy

Country of Origin: India (Bollywood)

Languages: Hindi

Running Time: 125 minutes

Production Company: Zee Studios, JAR Pictures

Distributed by: Zee Studios


Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

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