Cast: Irfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan, Mithla Palkar.
Director: Akarsh Khurana
Producer: Ronnie Screwvala, Priti Rathi Gupta.
Irfan Khan starrer Karwan is basically a road trip film with addition of heart warming story of love, loss and life. Phrases like, ‘The road less travelled’ could perfectly be used to describe Akarsh Khurana’s directorial debut, but only metaphorically. The core and center of attraction of this film is the character played by Dulquer Salmaan. He is playing the role of Avinash, a troubled but bright boy who is working in an IT company in Bengaluru. But working in an IT company was not the initial goal and passion of Avinash. He wanted to become a photographer. But his idea of pursuing photography as a profession was straightly rejected by his dad, who was never okay with arts. This made Avinash loose his dream, which later resulted in converting him miserly, disinterested, and short-tempered.
Where Dulquer’s role is the core of the film, on the same lines, Irfan Khan’s Shaukat is the soul of the film. A character which will force you to burst out of laughter even when you don’t agree to him. A perfect combination of hilarious and intense. There were some scenes where he didn’t even utter a single word, but looking at him will trigger your unstoppable laughter. Apart from the humourous part, his growth through a harrowing 72 hours journey is what stays with you for the longest period after the film gets over. Shaukat owns a garage in Bengaluru and is Avinash’s friend. Avinash gets a call in the middle of the night about his father passing away. The transport company goofs up and delivers the wrong body to Avinash. As a result, he has to travel to Kochi from Bengaluru to retrieve his father’s mortal remains. Along the way, he ends up picking up Tanya (Mithila Palkar) from her college. It is Tanya’s grandmom’s remains that have been mistakenly sent in place of Avinash’s father’s. Tanya is the millennial voice of this unique trio: she’s peppy, adventurous, woke and constantly on her phone.Each of the three characters deal with loss in different ways. Avinash believes in sweeping things under the rug, Shaukat overcompensates for the emotional moments with tummy-aching humour and Tanya sinks deeper into the bubble that is her phone. As far as casting is concerned, I can’t imagine anyone but Irrfan and Mithila playing their characters; they are so tailor-made for them. Every scene that Irrfan is in, he brings atleast four different emotions to the table — humour being the foremost. The story deals with the life lessons which everyone of us should watch and implement in ourselves. In today’s busy world, where we have lack of time to even have a proper word with our family and friends, Karvaan is a great film which tries to convince us that life is too short and full of uncertainties. We should enjoy every single moment of it. Everyone is busy in their run to chase success, but very few of them have realized that true success is achieved only when we’ve good memories, self-satisfaction and unconditional happiness. Karvaan leaves no space for any sort of mistakes and is a great film. It’s a light film with perfect timing of humour and great lessons to deal with.
Irfan Khan: No doublt that Irfan is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. He has always tried to deliver the quality work. His timing of humour was always absolutely dissolving. Not only in terms of humor, but when it comes to perform stunts, Irfan gives his heart and soul to it, making this film really huge. Irfan is playing the role of Avinash’s friend who has dealth with huge loss in his life. Irfan Khan’s role is the soul of Karvaan, and there couldn’t be any other Actor except him who could’ve played this role so magnificently. Irfan’s role will hold your eyeballs from the beginning to the ending of the film.
Dulquer Salmaan: There’s no denying that Dulquer Salmaan is a very talented actor, and has an impressive list of south Indian films behind him, but in a bid to advertise Karwaan as his Bollywood debut, the makers lose sight of his intrinsic identity: his Malayali accent slips out at several points in the film, and it results in needless questions that are not even important to the story. Dulquer could have done bit better but maybe his role was dull which has affected his acting as well.
Mithla Palkar: Mithila is expressive and can hold emotionally complex scenes with ease. Considering her debut film, she has done a great job, her expressions were adorable and we can say that she has justified the role of Tanya.
Direction: Akarsh Khurana’s directional debut Karvaan is receiving pretty good appreciations and besides acting, Screenplay was pretty much good. The story has been depicted in an honest manner and the feel of the film was brilliant. Cinematography was excellent as the road side visuals were captured exceedingly well.
Cinespeaks Verdict: Karwaan rests on the towering performances of Irrfan Khan and Dulquer Salman. The starcast has done a phenomenal job and the movie deserves a must watch for everyone. Cinespeaks gives a rating of 4 stars.