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Qarib Qarib Singlle

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21 Reviews
16 Ratings
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Audience Rating

3 Reviews
3 Ratings

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Two polar opposite personalities Jaya and Yogi meet each other on an online dating app, whose encounter turns into a crazy and adventurous trip to Rishikesh.Wikipedia

Qarib Qarib Singlle Reviews


The film employs honesty and humor to make important observations about letting go of the past and about making a real connection with someone. Yogi and Jaya won my heart, and I wouldn’t have minded spending more time in their company.

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express


This Irrfan Khan and Parvathy starrer is a well-crafted, winsome rom-com...

Sweta Kaushal
Hindustan Times


Irrfan, Parvathy film will charm its way into your heart...Tanuja Chandra brings a novel and realistic way of depicting romance in Bollywood with Irrfan and Parvathy’s movie.

Rohit Bhatnagar
Deccan Chronicle


Qarib Qarib Singlle is funny and vibrant with not a dull moment except for one or two. Watch it for a clean old school romance.

In movies like Qarib Qarib Singlle, we don’t even get that sort of pleasure, only a deadness that never goes away.If you happen to like this film, I have to assume there’s something seriously wrong with your idea of a journey.

In “Qarib Qarib Singlle" (Almost single), Irrfan Khan plays a smart-talking, glib man who goes on a road trip across India. But unlike 2015’s “Piku”, this trip doesn’t seem to be as much fun.

Neil Soans
Times Of India


As long as you don't expect fireworks, enjoy this sweet film that will leave you smiling.

Meena Iyer
DNA India


If you’re in the mood for romance, you should stroll into the cinema nearby and indulge in the adventure, this movie road-maps for you.

Qarib Qarib Singlle is one of those films which lingers in your soul way after you leave the cinema hall. One of those films which you won’t mind watching again back to back on the same day. This is a pure desi version of Imtiaz Ali’s love stories.

I can’t help compare ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ to ‘The Lunchbox’ and feel this one just doesn’t tug at the heartstrings like the latter, which was a heartwarming tale that unfolded over inanimate letters.

This is the sort of script that world champions of the desi rom-com genre would've taken to an altogether level. To be fair, director Tanuja Chandra (in fine form) makes it more than a 'qarib qarib' lovely, and surely worth your while in the theatre.


Qarib Qarib Singlle (QQS) is fun in bits and pieces mostly in the first half, but conflicted about what it wants to say and, therefore, tedious beyond a point. Parvathy — one of Mollywood’s most respected artistes, who has just notched up a triumph in Take Off this year — makes her Bollywood debut with this film. Individually, she and Irrfan are sweet in QQS. Sadly, that is not enough.

Komal Nahta
Komal Nahta's Blog


Qarib Qarib Singlle misses the chance to be an entertainer. It falters because it is not funny enough and also because it doesn’t touch the heart. Overall, it will prove to be a flop fare.

Manisha Lakhe


This film is Qarib Qarib Perfect. The resolve of the tensions between Irrfan and Parvathy is sweet, and you are convinced love is in the air even as you emerge from the theatre.

Uday Bhatia


Unlike Bareilly Ki Barfi and Shubh Mangal Savdhan, two of the brighter comedies this year, Qarib doesn’t pack its final moments with incident. Instead, after taking the trouble of going to the mountains and finding someone for Jaya to meet, it just ends, pretty much the way you’d expect it to, as if the writers had run out of plot. As the credits rolled I realised this is probably the last we’ll see of Jaya and Yogi. Pity. It’s not just flawless films that have fascinating characters.

Namrata Joshi
The Hindu


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.

Audience Reviews for Qarib Qarib Singlle

  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    300 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Tanuja Chandra's 'Qarib Qarib Singlle' is an effective film, if not a particularly great one. It's a romantic comedy starring Irfan Khan and Parvathi Tiruvothu, and it is certainly well-acted because both the actors are marvellous. Irfan is obviously good here, but I particularly fell for the Malayalam actress Parvathi. Despite the bland dubbing, she is lovely and lively in equal measure.

    The film is hilariously comic: light-hearted, delightfully hilarious and interestingly funny. But as a romantic, it's bland and close to profoundly uncinematic. It's an unrealistic and unrelatable chemistry of the leads that lets down an otherwise enjoyable attempt. Tanuja Chandra crafts the film with skill and charm, but the screenplay is repetitively sloppy.

    All I can say is that this is a very funny comedy, but not an affecting romantic. It's hard to feel anything in it's final acts. It's worth a watch, but it feels hard to say that it's worth repeat viewing- because maybe that might be overstating it.

    April 02, 20
  • Tejas Nair
    Tejas Nair
    258 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    If you are like me and are wondering if director Tanuja Chandra is really into superstitious nonsense for adding an extra "L" in "Single" in the title then let me calm you down by saying that it's a valid reference to the primary theme of the film. Other than being a honest yet dry attempt at mimicking the wildly popular Hollywood hit franchise, the "Before series" by Richard Linklater, Qarib Qarib Singlle is a surprisingly pleasant drama to watch. There is a lot of conversation going on here, which keeps you hooked, not because of the activity itself, but because of the nature of the conversation. You instantly connect with the protagonist, played slightly vigorously by Parvathy. Irrfan's effortless comedy is actually funny that even a tight-nosed Parvathy is not able to ignore in this film that talks about desolation, life adventures, and relationships that happen by chance. There is a lot going on here, some of which are way too explosive and heavy for the humorous plot. Neha Dhupia adds to the roughness in the second half but if you look at what the message the film tries to convey, it can be easily ignored. Just don't get bored during the second half and the lady who wrote Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) will make you feel good about life and will teach you to dread a life lived in suppression. There's an awkward try at creating the forth wall in Qarib Qarib Singlle, which albeit amateurish, is one more good reason to try the film out. TN.

    November 18, 17
  • Midhun Ben Thomas (Dilseben)
    Midhun Ben Thomas (Dilseben)
    160 reviews
    Top Reviewer

    Over the years we have had numerous Malayalam movies being remade in Hindi which has fared satisfactorily at the box-office. However, not many technicians from the Malayalam industry has been able to make a mark in Bollywood except for a few like Priyadarshan, Sabu Cyril etc. It's even tougher for an artist to break into Bollywood, which is the reason why very few appear in more than a single movie. In recent times, Padmapriya appeared in "Chef" & this week we have Parvathy in Tanuja Chandra's "Qarib Qarib Singlle" along with the dependable Irrfan Khan. To be frank, they did seem like an odd couple at first glance & it remains to be seen whether their combination will endear to the audience???

    Jaya (Parvathy) is a widow who has been single for quite a while that her friends tells her that she must have turned virgin. She was rather unsure as to whether she wanted to be in a relationship again but decided to give it a try courtesy through an online dating site. This led to her meeting up with Yogi (Irrfan Khan), a rather loud, instinctive, no holds barred type of character who considered himself a worthy Urdu poet. In simple words, their personalities were pretty much like chalk & cheese. As expected, Jaya wasnt keen to take it beyond their first meeting but Yogi's charm & her urge to meet his exes whom he claimed still loved him, makes her embark on a journey with him. Little did they realise that it was a journey towards their self discovery.

    Tanuja Chandra is a well known director who has been off the radar for quite a while. However, mention of movies like "Dushman" & "Sangharsh" gives us ample proof about her capabilities. Her latest venture is about two charmingly different mature individuals finding each other in the premise of a road trip. Over the course of their trip from Hardwar to Jaipur & finally to Gangtok, we are hooked onto the manner in which their equation with each other changes. Kudos for that goes to the script by Tanuja's mother. Kamna who has movies like "Chandni" ,"1942-A Love Story" etc to her credit. Equally impressive was the screenplay & dialogues by Ghazal Dhaliwal. With regard to other technical aspects, all of them were fine especially the music by Rochak Kohli & Vishal Mishra which was soothing to the ears & didnt impede the flow of the movie.

    As usual, Irrfan was brilliant as the loud Yogi coz in the hands of a lesser artist; it would have come across as rather artificial & superficial. This makes it really difficult for his co-star to match upto him, but Parvathy (whose acting credentials in Malayalam & Tamil speaks volumes about her) matched him step to step in pretty much all the sequences. As for the rest, they have done their parts aptly in their brief screen space they were allotted.

    Verdict: It is undoubtedly one of the finest rom-coms in recent times as the characters endears to the audience. An impressive script & odd looking couple enacted by brilliant performers, makes it a winner for ones who loves normal relatable movies. It is not a money spinning mass flick but you can rest assured you will be entertained. In short, do check it out!!!

    Rating: 3/5


    November 13, 17