When Director Doesn’t Know Where The Karwaan Is Headed
Roads trips aren’t easily found in Bollywood, there are very few films which are based on road trips which aim towards self-discovery. Well, the term “Self-discovery” is quite heavy and it not just bumps in to you, there are many driving forces behind that. Bollywood’s new release Karwaan is based on road trip and claims to be a film on “Self-Discovery”; Karwaan features very versatile Irrfan Khan along with Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar. The film is directed by Akarsh Khurana and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. Let’s see what Karwaan has to offer to its audience.
Karwaan revolves around Avinash (Dulquer Salmaan) whose father dies on a trip and travel agency couriers his body to Avinash, but when Avinash gets the body he finds out that it’s not his father’s and the death body is exchanged. To receive his father’s death body he travels to Kochi in his friend Shaukat’s (Irrfan Khan) van, who accompany him. On the way Avinaash picks up Tanya (Mithila Palkar) and their journey starts to change their lives for good. What happens next, how they discover their own selves and what changes they go through is what Karwaan about.
Performance wise, Irrfan Khan is fabulous. His dialect, delivery and expressions are fantastic. Plus, Irrfan Khan is also given with some amazing one-liners which tickles the audience. Whenever Irrfan appears in any scenes, viewers burst in to laughter. Dulquer Salmaan aka DQ (a Malayalam actor and son of Mammooty) makes his debut in Bollywood with Karwaan and he is promising. Dulquer gives a serious performance and manages to stay in his character decently. Mithila Palkar is okay. Kriti Kharbanda in a cameo is effective. Akash Khurana is believable.
Karwaan is a slow-paced tale with too much going on in hiccups. There are times when audience feels that the film is getting dragged and that’s the point when it starts to get boring. Road-trip film needs to be fast paced, with interesting elements showered in the script and storytelling, Karwaan does offer interesting elements but at places they become too long and stretched. The script of Karwaan is good but the execution is weak. Songs don’t stand out; lyrics of “Heart-quake” are very good.
One cannot compare Karwaan with Finding Fanny or Zindagi Na Miledgi Dobara; those were differently treated and shot films. If you have nothing to do and you are a huge fan of Irrfan Khan only then you should watch Karwaan, else it’s best to skip it. The self-discovering element in the film is very weakly translated.