3 out of 5 stars
Box Office: TBA
As any single adult would tell you, online dating sites are a minefield of unknowns.
But director Tanuja Chandra goes out on a limb with her new romantic comedy, Qarib Qarib Singlle, and taps into the hook-up between Jaya
(Parvathy) and Yogi (Irrfan Khan) — two misfits who meet through a dating website.
Their first meeting is expectedly awkward; it is a voyeur’s delight.
The perils of meeting a stranger for coffee is delightfully brought out. There are no sparks flying here and that’s a refreshing change for a Bollywood romantic comedy.
Jaya is a workaholic executive, while Yogi is a motor-mouth with boundary issues. Yogi acts overfamiliar, making Jay wonder out aloud if he’s a creepy stalker. Khan, in his wry, dead-pan style agrees with her, saying he does have a stalker-like face.
His agreement with her all-too-real assessment was an icebreaker for not just that couple, but for the viewers, too.
But both these characters aren’t instantly likeable. Jaya is uptight and prudish, while Yogi is full-on, perhaps even narcissistic.
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“Give this romantic comedy a try if you are a fan of Khan.”