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Qarib Qarib Singlle movie review: An enjoyable, refreshing and light-hearted journey

Qarib Qarib Singlle Tanuja Chandra
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Qarib Qarib Singlle movie review: An enjoyable, refreshing and light-hearted journey

Irrfan Khan and Parvathy

Directed By: Tanuja Chandra
Produced By: Zee Studios, Sutapa Sikdar, Shailja Kejriwal, Ajay Rai
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Parvathy
Duration: 2 hour 5 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5

We all are aware of our inner self and its need of being single. But there comes a time in our lives when we do feel the urge of being with someone. Someone with whom we can chat, someone with whom we can travel, someone with whom we can live in our house. Who likes to be lonely anyway? So, thanks to all the dating websites and apps we have today, being single should hardly be an option. But, do we really get someone worthy enough to spend the life with, on a dating app? Well, we might!

Today after watching Tanuja Chandra’s ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’, we definitely feel that hint of smile on our face as we step out of the theatre. This Irrfan Khan-starrer is a great slice of life film and that just pans out smoothly.

So, what is ‘QQS’ about? It is about a 35-year-old, no wait a 34-year-old, no wait actually a 33-year-old woman named Jaya (Parvathy) who is widow and now a single woman. Her friends advise her to date someone and then she finally creates an account and logs in to the world of a dating site. She soon meets a guy named Yogi (Irrfan Khan) in the digital world who is diagonally opposite to her. After a couple of meetings, they decide to go for a trip. This trip is more than just a trip. Both opt to meet all the ex-girlfriends of Yogi. These two whose lifestyles are totally different embark on a journey. Where will this journey take them in their lives? Watch the movie to find out…

Written by Kamna Chandra, the story of ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ is sweet and simple. The characters of Jaya and Yogi are someone whom we usually meet in our day-to-day life. It doesn’t get dramatic at all, making it a relaxing and realistic experience. When was the last time you watched a film and didn’t think, ab aage kya hoga, or when was the last time you really wanted a movie to go on and on? Well, that’s the effect of ‘QQS’. There are many laugh out loud sequences, and even if you are not laughing, each and every scene in this movie will at least make you smile.

Not many filmmakers would opt to make a rom-com which has characters in their 30s and 40s. But, hats off to Tanuja Chandra for doing that. She narrates the story of Yogi and Jaya beautifully. Chandra has shot the film at some wonderful locations and a special mention to cinematographer Eshit Narain for capturing those places brilliantly.

While the movie is very good, there’s just one thing that leaves us with a question. Will a woman get ready to go on a trip with a man whom she has just met twice? This being a personal choice will definitely not find many buyers.

When you have Irrfan Khan in a comedy film, then you can surely expect some amazing one-liners. Whenever we feel now the film is taking a serious turn, Irrfan’s one-liners with a poker face will leave you in splits. Parvathy makes an impact with her performance as she stands equal to Irrfan in comedy sequences. Neha Dhupia looks gorgeous in her cameo and we really wanted to see more dance moves of Isha Sharvani who also has a special appearance.

The music of the film is quite good and suits the film’s theme. ‘Khatam Kahani’ is the track you will love the most.

Overall, ‘Qarib Qarib Singlle’ is a must watch, especially for the people who love sweet-simple rom-coms. Watch it this weekend and relax yourself for those 2 hours 5 mins.

P.S. You will get the craving to eat pakodas while watching the film. 😉

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Aiyaary movie review: The men in army fail to shine through the muddled up plot

Directed By: Neeraj Pandey
Produced By: Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Gada, Jayantilal Gada, Karan Shah
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Manoj Bajpayee, Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra
Duration: 2 Hours 40 Minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 2/5

After delivering taut thrillers like ‘A Wednesday’ and ‘Special 26’, hopes are high from his new outing ‘Aiyaary’, but does it manage to convey it’s message efficiently? Let’s unravel in the movie review…

‘Aiyaary’ (which means ultimate trickery), is about a young army officer named Captain Jay Bakshi (Sidharth Malhotra) who goes rogue with a hefty purpose to expose the dirty secrets of the military forces. His mentor Col. Abhay Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) is an incorruptible army man who heads a covert cell and guns down traitors. Ever since Major Jay Bakshi absconds, Col. Singh has only one mission, to hunt him down. Here begins a cat and mouse Chase although with loads of unwarranted confusion.

While Col. Singh believes himself to be the smarter one, Major Bakshi outsmarts him and he isn’t Alone, a nifty hacker in the form of Sonia helps him. Bakshi wants to expose the deadly misgivings of a retired army man played by Kumud Mishra who has grown corrupt and earns help from a businessman played by Adil Hussain. Does he succeed or does Bakshi manage to expose him? Does Singh manage to catch hold of his protégé gone rogue? Too many questions that could have been dealt with methodically, but everything goes down the drain with poor execution and unnecessarily over explained and stretched portions. The entire plot gets lost and confused with too many sequences jumbled up together which right till the end remain a mystery.

Manoj Bajpayee is the only standout in this muddled up, almost three hours long thriller. Sidharth Malhotra is decent while Rakul Preet Singh is fairly okay. Pooja Chopra is barely seen whereas all senior bunch of actors like Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah, Kumud Mishra and Adil Hussain are utterly wasted with no clear character sketches drawn. Naseeruddin Shah’s dialogue delivery seems like a hangover from ‘A Wednesday’ whereas Anupam Kher is totally wasted. The only character that makes sense is Colonel Abhay Singh and Bajpayee rightfully delivers.

Overall, ‘Aiyaary’ is a complex and too stretched thriller with no clear direction of the happenings. Clearly avoidable.

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PadMan movie review: Story of an ordinary man who spun wonder out of life's straw

Directed By: R Balki
Produced By: Mrs Funnybones Movies, KriArj Entertainment, Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions, SPE Films India
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, Radhika Apte
Duration: 2 Hours 20 Minutes

Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3/5

If you believe you can, you are halfway there. Parents use this therapy to their children who are sinking in schools and colleges. Just, they don’t tell you there would be teenage crushes, diet fads, breakups, insufficient pocket money and unbearable math classes. Was that too weird to begin my ‘PadMan’ review with?

Even before I begin analysing ‘PadMan’ as a film, I think films like these should be lauded just because they’re being made. That actors and filmmakers are using cinema as a tool to strike conversations, tickle thoughts and raise debates, itself is a relief; especially in a country of over 100 crores with numerous problems, most of them neither spoken nor understood.

The film is based on a Tamil Nadu based social activist who invented a low-cost sanitary napkin producing machine. Lakshmikant Chauhan, a man from an MP village, learns of rural women’s plight during menstruation after he is married to Gayatri (Radhika Apte)… Or, why am I even using ‘rural’ when the taboos are equally prevalent in urban spheres as well? Determined to bring more hygiene to how the women at his home handle periods but aware that they can’t afford to buy the sanitary napkins available in stores, he begins attempts of making them himself.

For every innovative idea, you’ve to pay a price. For Lakshmikant, it’s on the heavier side. In the course of communicating to women and understanding the problems better, he earns the tag of ‘loose character’. His two sisters and wife leave him. Devastated with the constant emotional ups and downs, he leaves his village; however, with the determination of succeeding at his attempts one day.

Rest shapes a man’s bumpy journey towards fulfilment. Not without hiccups, though.

Through the first half, we’re taken to visit how the revolutionist has to walk on thorns if he decides to mould the society’s behaviour. This portion, although necessary and paves way to the latter part, is dragged and feels longer than what it is.

In the latter part, as Lakshmikant nears his goal, enters Pari (Sonam Kapoor), a beautiful, intelligent and compassionate woman who becomes an indispensable of Lakshmikant’s journey. How a fresh MBA and a deserving candidate of a fat-paying corporate job leaves many prospects and sets off on a mission to help village women and spread health awareness on menstruation, is empowering, to say the least. BUT! Why would Bollywood necessarily instill romantic equations whenever we have a woman and a man playing equally crucial parts in the story’s development? That part feels not only forced, but also cliched.

Other than that, ‘PadMan’ is purely a testimony of a man’s journey from nothing to contentment; solely banking upon on his own desires of bringing about positive changes and helping them sustain. If you ignore a few exaggerations (and I fear I don’t have takers for saying this), it is an inspiring film and could create positive impacts. Decently shot by P.C. Sreeram and rightly complemented with soundtracks composed by Amit Trivedi, it features noticeable performances from both Radhika Apte and Akshay Kumar; and not to forget, a fluent Sonam Kapoor in a short yet pivotal role.

Watch ‘PadMan’ to encourage more films that talk about REAL problems; more real than fairytale love stories. 🙂 Even the real love stories are tested with bad times, remember? Like that of Lakshmikant and Gayatri.

Author’s Note: My first ever day as a menstruating girl? ‘Congratulations’ from mom, and a huge bowl of Mishti Doi after dinner. 🙂

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