Banner: RSVP Movies, Ishka Films
Director: Akarsh Khurana
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar
Music Director: Prateek Kuhad, Anurag Saikia, SlowCheetah, Imaad Shah
Duration: 120 Minutes
TopYaps Rating: ★★★☆☆
Bengaluru-based Avinash (Dulquer Salmaan) is not happy with the choices he has made in life. He wanted to become a photographer, but ended up joining an IT company because of his father who thought photography wouldn’t run the kitchen. One day, he receives a call from a travelling agency, informing him of his father’s demise in an accident during a pilgrimage. Avinash and one of his acquaintances Shaukat (Irrfan Khan) go to the airport to collect the body. However, as they reach a crematorium to cremate it, they find out that the body they have in their possession has been exchanged with someone else.
When checked with the cargo company, it turns out that the body of Avinash’s father has been mistakenly handed over to a woman living in Coimbatore and the one which they have with them is her mother’s. Avinash and Shaukat have no choice except jumping in a van and setting out on the open roads all the way to Coimbatore, making halts at various places on the journey. What happens on the way is what you see in the movie. Because, our Karwaan review is without spoilers.
Bollywood does not produce road trip movies more often, but when it does, it kind of surprises with their brilliance. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), Finding Fanny (2014), and Piku (2015) are some of the remarkable examples which make it quite clear that Bollywood is no tyro when it comes to making well-executed, superbly acted road trip movies.
Filmmaker Akarsh Khurana’s new offering Karwaan could also find a place in the sparsely occupied genre. His film has its heart in the right place. Moving at its own pace, Karwaan is a simple film, which tries to tell a simple story in the simplest way possible. No heavy-handed dialogues, no preaching, no over-the-top drama, etc. What you see on the screen is pure simplicity.
The movie draws its strength from its taut writing, excellent performances and crisp direction. Having said that, at times you feel it is relying too much on one-liners. The first half moves fast. The second one drags, especially towards the end.
Coming to performances, Irrfan Khan is a total charmer. You give him any role and he will make sure he makes it his own. The same he does with Shaukat, a straightforward, no-nonsense guy who is fighting with his own demons in life. Irrfan is one of the film’s greatest assets.
Dulquer Salmaan, who makes his Bollywood debut with Karwaan, pulls off his character quite effortlessly. Despite hailing from Kerala, his hold over Hindi is good, if not great. In the role of a self-effacing, reticent guy, who is still trying to figure out as to where his life is heading, Salmaan delivers a commendable performance. His restrained performance makes a lot of difference in the movie. Mithila Palkar is natural. She adds energy and vibrance to the film.
If you want to treat yourself with a breezy, light-hearted and perky movie this weekend, Karwaan should be your pick. Its beauty lies in its simplicity. It may not stay with you forever, but you will savor the film long after the credits have rolled.
Now that you have read Karwaan review, here is a sneak peek for you. Watch the trailer here: