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Karwaan: A bumpy ride

Cast: Dulquer Salmaan, Irrfan, Mithila Palkar

Director: Akarsh Khurana

Rating: **1/2

What’s it about:

A road trip in one of most unlikely situations brings three starkly different people together. They must complete this bumpy ride to the destination for a closure but end up with a new beginning.


It’s a journey you wouldn’t ever want to be in. After his father’s sudden death on a pilgrimage, Avinash (Dulquer Salman ) an IT professional picks up a wrong dead body from the cargo. Along with his friend Shaukat (Irrfan), he sets out on a trip to return the body to the next of the kin of the deceased – a young woman named Tanya (Mithila Palkar). Fate brings them together in moment of grief but their stark differences bring out ironies and idiosyncrasies that form the crux of film’s quirky plot.

Dulquer’s debut is without much ado. There are no heroic entries, punchlines or even appearances in this slice of life film. Director Akarsh Khurana stays true to the fabric of the film and gives his leading man a very relatable characterization that Dulquer effortlessly portrays. Irrfan’s role is much like many of his previous ones – brash, unfiltered and untamed. He does it with his usual flair but there is little novelty in that anymore. Some of his lines evoke humour but that is at the cost of his character sounding more like a petty conventionalist. Debutante Mithila gives just about an average performance for a character that is hardwired into symbolizing women empowerment with eccentric choices – at some level it comes across as trying too hard.

What keeps this ride somewhat on track are the stunning visuals of southern India, Dulquer’s easy boy-next-door charm and a few dialogues/moments that bring out the ironic comedy.

Other than that Karwaan is reduced to a film that could have been a one-of-its-kind road films with gifted actors to drive home some real entertainment.

I am going with 2.5 stars

  • Ronak Kotecha


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