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Qarib Qarib Singlle
Qarib Qarib Singlle poster.jpg
Directed by Tanuja Chandra
Produced by
  • Zee Studios
  • Sutapa Sikdar
  • Shailja Kejriwal
  • Ajay G. Rai
Screenplay by Tanuja Chandra
Gazal Dhaliwal
Story by Kamna Chandra
Starring Irrfan Khan
Parvathy
Music by Songs
Anu Malik
Rochak Kohli
Vishal Mishra
Background Score:
Benedict Taylor
Naren Chandavarkar
Cinematography Eeshit Narain
Edited by Chandan Arora
Production
company
Zee Studios
JAR Pictures
Distributed by Zee Studios
Release date
  • 10 November 2017 (2017-11-10)
Running time
125 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 24.11 crore[1]

Qarib Qarib Singlle (English: Almost Single) is a 2017 Indian romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Tanuja Chandra and produced by Zee Studios, JAR Pictures and Sutapa Sikdar.[2][3] The film stars Irrfan Khan and Parvathy in the lead roles[4] and had a worldwide release on 10 November 2017.[5][6] This film is Parvathy's Hindi film debut and it earned her praises for her performance. The movie received praise for the story and the performances by the lead.

The story revolves around Jaya Shashidharan, a widow, who lives alone and works at an Insurance Policy company. One day, she meets Yogi, on an online dating website called abtaksinglle.com. They both journey around the country to meet Yogi's three ex-girlfriends, during which they fall for each other.[7][8]

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Production
    • 3.1 Development
    • 3.2 Filming
  • 4 Soundtrack
  • 5 Critical reception
  • 6 Accolades
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Plot[edit]

Jaya Shashidharan (Parvathy) is a 35 year old widow leading a loveless, monotonous life. She is still grieving the loss of her husband Manav. She works in a Insurance Policy firm. On being teased constantly by her friends and family, she enrolls herself on a dating website, "AbTakSinglle.com". Although she initially receives weird messages, eventually she fixes a date with a decent profile holder Yogi.

She meets Yogendra "Yogi" Kumar Devendra Nath Prajapati (Irrfan Khan) a lesser known poet who is a happy-go-lucky, open-hearted and talkative person. Yogi had published a book with his poems but the book wasn't selling much. Yogi helps Jaya get rid of weird message senders on the dating site. Because of this, although initially Jaya was avoiding Yogi, she agrees to meet him. Yogi tells her about his 3 girlfriends who still mourn for him. Jaya challenges him to meet those 3 girlfriends to find out whether they still mourn for him. Yogi asks Jaya to accompany him. She reluctantly accepts.

They head to Dehradun. Yogi misses the flight, frightening Jaya. He meets Jaya at the airport and asks for water but she refuses as she doesn't share her bottle. They stays in an Ashram and go for Ganga Aarti. They meet Radha (Pushtiie Shakti), his first girlfriend who is happily married. They enjoy a great time their chatting, singing and River Rafting.

Later onwards, Jaya finds herself happy with Yogi's companionship. They board a Fairy Queen train and head to Jaipur. Yogi misses the train, again scaring Jaya. By mistake Jaya's laptop bag is with Yogi and he opens her video calling page where her brother Ashish finds him and calls him "laptop theif." Yogi, frightened, closes the laptop. Jaya is unable to do anything and remains sad. Yogi constantly calls Jaya but she doesn't answer. Jaya checks into the hotel and enjoys her evening with a foreign tourist, while Yogi somehow returns and gets jealous of finding Jaya with tourist.

Jaya buys "sleeping pills" from a medical store and eats 3-4 pills to quiet the talkative Yogi. She then starts talking like a drunkard. They meet Anjali (Neha Dhupia), his second girlfriend. Anjali is changed to a modern girl. Jaya talks absurdly during the chat, getting close to Yogi. Anjali finds it funny. Anjali hugs and kiss Yogi, while Jaya calls him a cheat and fights with him hinting that she has started developing feelings for him, and unknowingly falls asleep. Next morning Anjali calls Yogi to rekindle their relationship and Jaya gets depressed when she finds out.

Next morning they head to Gangtok, to meet his third girlfriend, while Jaya reveals that she has accompanied him only to meet her ex-boyfriend from college. On hearing that, Yogi gets depressed. They arrive on a helicopter assigned by Jaya's ex-boyfriend. Jaya meets a few elderly people from the beauty parlour she works at, including Mrs. Saluja (Navneet Nishan). When they start mocking her for her loveless life, Jaya retorts that she has arrived with a date, shutting them up. Jaya gets ready and waits for her ex-boyfriend, while Yogi books his return ticket and prepares to leave. Jaya chides Yogi stating that he is a selfish man, since she accompanied him to meet his girlfriends while he can't meet her boyfriend. Yogi sadly departs. Jaya calls everybody who mocked her and asks them not to call again. She removes her password which was "Manav" from all electronic devices.

Jaya meets her boyfriend and they spend sometime. Yogi finds his third girlfriend (Isha Sharvani) who is a dance teacher. Without meeting he goes leaving a note saying "A salute for her victories". Yogi packs his bags while he finds Jaya's Laptop where she has created a webpage of Yogi's poems. He chats with her brother on being asked by him "whether he is her boyfriend?". Realizing his feelings for Jaya, Yogi runs towards her. He gets into a ropeway and searches for Jaya. While Jaya calls him from the opposite ropeway, an excited Yogi, without missing like every time gets into the cable Car. They look at each other, smiling. Both of them have fallen in love with each other.

Yogi asks her "Whether she will share his water bottle?". A happy Jaya gives it, hinting that she has accepted his love.

Cast[edit]

  • Irrfan Khan as Yogendra Kumar Devendra Nath Prajapati, a.k.a. Viyogi
  • Parvathy Thiruvothu as Jaya Shashidharan
  • Neha Dhupia as Anjali
  • Pushtiie Shakti as Radha
  • Brijendra Kala as Hotel Receptionist
  • Aman Sharma as Salil, Taxi Driver
  • Isha Sharvani as Gauri
  • Luke Kenny as Sidkong
  • Navneet Nishan as Mrs. Saluja
  • Nidhi Joshi as Meghna
  • Siddharth Menon as Ashish, Jaya's Younger Brother

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Qarib Qarib Singlle is based on a story which was originally written many years ago as a radio play by Kamna Chandra, who is also the mother of director Tanuja Chandra.[9][10] In August 2016, it was reported that Irrfan Khan would be the lead actor in Tanuja Chandra's next film which would be a romantic comedy about an odd couple falling in love on a road trip.[11][12] The production team approached Richa Chadha, Kalki Koechlin and Pooja Hegde for the film but talks didn't materialize with any of them.[13][14] While scouting for the lead actress of the film, Gazal Dhaliwal, who is the co-writer of the film, suggested the name of Parvathy Thiruvothu, an actress who was supposed to work in a Vidhu Vinod Chopra film written by Ghazal Dhaliwal but could not as the film got shelved.[15][16] In February 2017, it was confirmed by Parvathy Thiruvothu herself that she would be making her debut in Hindi cinema with Tanuja Chandra's film opposite Irrfan Khan.[17]

Filming[edit]

The principal photography of the film began in February 2017 in Bikaner, Rajasthan.[18][19][20] The film was shot across multiple locations of Dehradun, Delhi, Alwar, Bikaner[21], Rishikesh[22], Roorkee[23] and Gangtok[24][25].

Soundtrack[edit]

Qarib Qarib Singlle
Soundtrack album by Anu Malik, Rochak Kohli, Vishal Mishra and Ali Merchant
Released 10 November 2017 (2017-11-10)[26]
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 17:44
Language Hindi
Label Zee Music Company
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Singles from Qarib Qarib Singlle
  1. "Khatam Kahani"
    Released: 13 October 2017
  2. "Tu Chale Toh"
    Released: 19 October 2017
  3. "Jaane De"
    Released: 25 October 2017

The music of the film is composed by Anu Malik, Rochak Kohli and Vishal Mishra while the lyrics have been penned by Raj Shekhar, Hussain Haidry and Varun Grover. The first song of the film titled, "Khatam Kahani" sung by Nooran Sisters, was released on 13 October 2017. The second song of the film, "Tu Chale Toh" which is sung by Papon, was released on 19 October 2017. The third single to be released was "Jaane De" which is sung by Atif Aslam was released on 25 October 2017. The soundtrack was released by Zee Music Company on 10 November 2017.

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Khatam Kahani"Raj ShekharVishal MishraNooran Sisters, Vishal Mishra03:35
2."Tu Chale Toh"Hussain HaidryRochak KohliPapon03:34
3."Jaane De"Raj ShekharVishal MishraAtif Aslam04:59
4."Tanha Begum"Hussain HaidryRochak KohliAntara Mitra, Neeti Mohan, Rochak Kohli03:33
5."Qarib Qarib Singlle Mashup" (Mashup by Ali Merchant)Various Artists Various Artists02:03
Total length:17:44
Promotional song - Not part of Soundtrack
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
6."Dana Paani[27]"Varun GroverAnu MalikPapon, Anmol Malik, Sabri Brothers03:56

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Qarib Qarib Singlle has an approval score of 86% based on 7 reviews with an average rating of 7.2 out of 10.[28] Rajeev Masand of News18 gave the film a rating of 3 out of 5 and said that, "Yogi and Jaya won my heart, and I wouldn’t have minded spending more time in their company."[29][30] Neil Soans of The Times of India praised the performances of the leading actors of the film, Irrfan Khan and Parvathy and gave the film a rating of 3.5 out of 5. The critic concluded his review by saying that, "As long as you don’t expect fireworks, enjoy this sweet film that will leave you smiling."[31] Sweta Kausal of Hindustan Times was impressed with the performances of Irrfan Khan and Parvathy and said that Qarib Qarib Singlle is "A heartfelt film where Parvathy outshines a superb Irrfan".[32] The critic gave the film a rating of 4 out of 5. Namrata Joshi of The Hindu applauded the movie as well as the acting performances of Irrfan Khan and Parvathy saying that, "QQS is a happy confluence of many things besides an absolutely entrancing, candid and un-self-conscious Khan who makes acting seem utterly easy and effortless."[33]

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film a rating of 3 out of 5 and said that, "Qarib Qarib Singlle might put off average film goers but if you see value in a film that breaks away from norm and derives strength from understatement rather than flashy storytelling methods, your search ends here."[34] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express complimented the performance of leading actress Parvathy saying that, "Qarib Qarib Singlle’s beating heart is Parvathy (the lead actor of the terrific Malayalam film Take Off). She is such a breath of fresh air, such a break from the dressed up dolls of Bollywood." About the movie the critic said that, "This Irrfan Khan starrer is a well-crafted, winsome rom-com" and gave the film a rating of 3.5 out of 5.[35] Murtaza Ali Khan of Huffington Post said that, "Qarib Qarib Singlle is a beautiful slice-of-life film about solitude and companionship that takes time to cast a spell on the viewers but once they are hooked there is no escape from its irresistible charm." and gave the film a rating of B+.[36] Rachit Gupta of Filmfare gave the film a rating of 4 out of 5 and said that Qarib Qarib Singlle is "A light but spectacularly adroit romantic comedy."[37] Stutee Ghosh of The Quint gave the film a rating of 3.5 out of 5 and said that, "The screenplay by Tanuja Chandra and Gazal Dhaliwal is a mature and sensitive meditation on life and love, but the unhurried pace at which the story unfolds might disappoint some."[38]

Accolades[edit]

Award Ceremony Category Recipient Result Ref.(s)
10th Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Music Composer of The Year Vishal Mishra - "Jaane De" Nominated [39]