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Tanuja Chandra’s rom-com Qarib Qarib Singlle is an unusual film with a single working woman protagonist in her mid-30s, something Bollywood needs to make more of.
It was refreshing to watch Tanuja Chandra’s rom-com Qarib Qarib Singlle in the theatres this weekend. The movie follows the unusual protagonists Parvathy and Irfan Khan. After having watched some brilliant movies in Malayalam starring Parvathy where each time I had trouble recognizing her as she molds into her character as any good actor should, I was looking forward to her sojourn in Bollywood.
The movie starts with Parvathy’s character Jaya, who suffers from insomnia. She is a 35 year old widow, and a working woman who has a flourishing career as a senior level executive. The movie draws out her character and her relationships with her ‘friends’ who seem to tap into her being available for their errands whenever they need her.
The story is about Jaya meeting Yogi and a comedy of errors of a journey they undertake together.
It is quite brilliant to watch the characters of Yogi and Jaya when their own baggage and insecurities bump into what could be a fresh take on a modern romance, where the protagonists meet through a dating app. The dialogues with references to Latte, coffee shops and yoga doing roosters with an Irfan Khan’s comic timing come through as a laughter riot.
Irfan’s regular Joe and Parvathy’s polished urban executive personalities clash and make for an interesting storyline. The movie as a whole explores the idea of letting go for both the characters who are in their mid 30’s and looking for love.
Movies with working women protagonists are rare in Bollywood and I am personally glad that there are movies such as Qarib Qarib Singlle that are highlighting this dying breed of women, with the current percentage of working women in India at 27% only. There are some scenes which seem to have jumped from the storyline or at times strayed but as an audience I am willing to forgive that, as the movie as a whole is a rom-com which is different from the average sop that we are constantly fed in the name of entertainment.
Do catch this Parvathy and Irfan Khan light-hearted starrer in theatres.
Image source: is a screen grab from the movie Qarib Qarib Singlle