Ir­rfan’s next in­trigues with its sto­ry­line

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For the first time ever in Hindi cin­ema, the con­cept of on­line dat­ing will be show­cased by di­rec­tor Tanuja Chan­dra through her film, Qarib Qarib Singlle. The film, whose trailer res­onates with mil­len­ni­als’ sen­ti­ments about re­la­tion­ship sta­tuses, stars ac­tor Ir­rfan Khan and also marks pop­u­lar South In­dian ac­tor Par­vathy’s Bol­ly­wood de­but. The film’s trailer has been gar­ner­ing a lot of at­ten­tion.

While the film fea­tures two strangers meet­ing up, hit­ting it off and then tak­ing their re­la­tion­ship fur­ther, it also ex­plores how peo­ple deal with those with whom they haven’t been able to take their re­la­tion­ships for­ward. It es­pe­cially looks at how a man deals with his exes. Di­rec­tor Tanuja Chan­dra says, “The world seems to think we are bet­ter off for­get­ting our past. I say, re­mem­ber it, hold it close to your heart, hon­our its place in your life and move ahead. And this is the phi­los­o­phy of the film as well.” In the film, Ir­rfan’s char­ac­ter Yogi is seen rem­i­nisc­ing about his exes as he and Par­vathy’s char­ac­ter, Jaya, head out on a jour­ney to their past.

Ir­rfan Khan is on a unique pro­mo­tional strat­egy for this film, but his lat­est stint — a face-off with co­me­dian Zakir Khan where the two talk about their dat­ing lives — has been re­ceived well. While Zakir is known to en­ter­tain au­di­ences with his strug­gles in his dat­ing life, Ir­rfan Khan talked about how he ex­plored and was fas­ci­nated by the mil­len­nial way of dat­ing, and the term ‘on­line dat­ing’ for the film.

Pre­sented by Zee Stu­dios, the film is A Jar Pic­tures pro­duc­tion and is helmed by film-maker Tanuja Chan­dra. It is set to re­lease on Novem­ber 10.

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Ir­rfan Khan and Par­vathy

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