Director: Tanuja Chandra
Writers: Kamna Chandra (story), Tanuja Chandra (screenplay)
Stars: Irrfan Khan, Parvathy, Bajrangbali Singh
Runtime: 2h 5min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Released: 10 November 2017
Storyline: Qarib Qarib Singlle is a road movie-cum-coming-of-age romance, with a bittersweet tang to it, and yet it is peppy, and fun and fresh: two adults, a man and a woman, connect via a dating site, and find that online, can, sometimes, translate into something vital and real, offline.
Chalk Yogi (Irrfan) and Cheese Jaya (Parvathy) meet by design, but there’s nothing constructed about the journey they undertake, even though the reason of their setting out is so flimsy as to be laughable.
What’s nice about these two people (in Bollywood parlance, they would be called ‘mature’) is that they’ve already lived a little. They’ve not just notched up years, but experience too. They bear the marks of previous relationships. They feel fleshed out, each carrying over something from the past: keepsakes, memories, the smell of former lovers.
Yogi arrives on the scene, fully formed, without any baggage. Or at least that’s what he makes us, and himself, think. He is single, and very ready to mingle. Jaya has a marriage behind her, and is now, reluctantly, looking around. She takes a long considering look at Yogi once, twice, but isn’t quite sure, and you don’t blame her. He dresses in blinding colours and is cheerily loud, which doesn’t quite make up for him being seriously loaded. She is all pastel and understated, and an insecure people pleaser.