Karwaan is a joy ride you cannot miss!
Starring – Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar
Director – Akarsh Khurana
Rating – 4/5
What Karwaan about
Avinash Rajpurohit (Dulquer Salman) is a simple middle-class guy stuck in a dead-end job. He suddenly learns that his father has passed away and has to collect his remains. But on receiving the body he realises that there’s been a mix-up and he’s been sent the wrong one.
Now, to collect his father’s remains from the lady it was accidently sent to, and to deliver the body that he is stuck with, Avinash has to travel all the way to Kochi from Bangalore. He is joined by his friend and garage-owner, Shaukat (Irrfan Khan) who offers his van for the trip and together they embark on a beautiful journey across south India.
Along the way they pick-up Tanya (Mithila Palkar), the teenaged daughter of the lady they are to meet. Thus begins their Karwaan – an easy-breezy journey of friendship, realisation and self-discovery.
What we liked
From Avinash’s troubled paternal bond to Shaukat’s unsettling relationship with his parents, Karwaan beautifully elucidates the complexities of a parent-child relationship, without being too preachy.
With each character being given distinct qualities, the film inadvertently bridges the generation gap with great ease. Despite being modern, Avinash is very opinionated about a woman’s moral rights. On the other hand, Shaukat, being staunchly religious is old-fashioned, traditional and set in his ways. And being the millennial who is constantly judged for her ethics and clothing, it’s Tanya who somehow brings about a change in their attitude.
The seamless transition, of how these three become so close and explore themselves on this journey, makes Karwaan extremely relatable.
There are certain parts that seem slightly dragged but the hilarious dialogues by Irrfan’s character keep the film entertaining. Although scripted around two deaths, the humorous angle given to Karwaan is appreciated. The film captures the stunning locales of south India and will leave you with a sense of wanderlust.
Performances in Karwaan
Dulquer Salman has hit the jackpot with this unconventional Bollywood debut. His brilliant acting skills compliment his effortless charm and warm personality. Though a Malayali, his Hindi is pitch-perfect! There are scenes where he doesn’t even need speak and you’ll be blown away by his charm. I genuinely think he’s one the most talented actors in India today.
Irrfan Khan’s portrayal of the amusingly witty side-kick is commendable. Every line of his, in every scene is an absolute delight to watch. I was in splits watching him deliver his hilarious one-liners, one after another.
Mithila Palkar’s portrayal of the free-spirited, rebellious teenager is on point. However, she has a long way to go to match up to her fellow actors. Kirti Kharbanda had a very small role in the movie but her performance and screen presence is worth a mention.
#SupriyaSays: Don’t miss the joy ride that is Karwaan, this weekend! Watch it for the fantastic actors, beautiful story and a memorable journey of a lifetime.
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