Amongst the myriads of people, who are successful in falling (or rising) in love at the right age ( what’s that??), there exists quite a section of folks, who just haven’t been able to “get locked “. A few of those turn cynical, which makes the probability of their finding a partner even lower. I am not suggesting that all those who get “locked” in have happy tales to talk about, but in quite a few of these cases, which do not belong to the “arranged” category, the process of locking in is akin to walking along the path strewn with roses all over. Our filmy tales,take full advantage of the “Rab Ne Banayi” jodis and are able to weave in song numbers and fairy tale dramas.
What would happen, if the falling in love season has passed for two souls who are as different as chalk and cheese, but none the less are thrown together? Can the dissimilarities actually cause the evolving of a relationship?
And what can be a better way to discover this than to embark on a journey and through a series of hits and misses?
Director Tanuja Chandra tries this in the rom-com QARIB QARIB SINGLLE and manages, at least in the first half, to capture the idiosyncrasies of her lead cast in a fun filled manner. I wouldn’t really fret about the slowness of the pace in the second half or the contrived ending, primarily because of Irrfan Khan’s outstanding performance. You can’t just fault him on any count. And matching him reasonably well is the South Indian actress, Parvathy Menon, for whom this is a debut film in Bollywood. There are witty one-liners galore and quite like the fritters in the Fairy Express in which the couple travels, the movie packs in unusual situations to take the story forward.
At the end of the movie, I couldn’t quite understand why there were two QARIBs and two Ls in SINGLLE in the title. Numerological reasons, perhaps. If Irrfan can have two Rs, why not this? But that’s not worth quibbling about..just see it!
RATING : 3.5 out of 5
November 11, 2017

About Vijay from Muscat

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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