Director: Akarsh Khurana
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Dulqeer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar
Screenplay: Akarsh Khurana and Adhir Bhat
Story: Bejoy Nambiar
Dialogue: Hussain Dalal
RSVP and Ishka films’ KARWAAN, is a story of three people on a journey. As mix-ups go, this one is weird. A man loses his father in an accident but the body delivered to him is of the mother of a woman in another state. Avinash Rajpurohit was not in talking terms with his Dad off late because Avinash wanted to do photography and his father didn’t allowed him to do so, but duty calls and he agrees to meet the lady to exchange coffins somewhere between Bengaluru where he lives and her home in Kochi. A few hundred kilometres separate the two cities but Avinash travels a lifetime on that journey he makes with his friend Shaukat and a young woman called Tanya who joins them along the way. All the three characters are different from each other Avinash is an introvert guy, working in an IT company. Shaukat is an outgoing but conservative guy and Tania, who is rebellious and likes adventure. What binds the three together is that all of them had some or the other issues with their dad. Will this journey turn their lives forever? This is what the film talks about. The film offers a nuance not often seen in Hindi cinema or Indian cinema at large, when it speaks of a generation gap between youngsters separated in age by perhaps a decade.
Technically the film is good. Cinematography by Avinash Arun is top notch; he has very well captured the beautiful places and sceneries of South India through his lens, Editing by Ajay Sharma is also nice. Music is amazing; the pick of the album is “Chota SA Fasanaa”. Writing is good but could have been better. The characters are rather seen before ones. Dialogues by Hussain Dalal are good.
Performances wise Irrfan Khan is just magnificent, he has the best lines of the film but the way he delivers is hilarious. Dulquer Salmaan who is a South Indian film industry superstar and marks his Hindi film debut, performs nicely. Though his character is seen before one, he is able to bring freshness in it. Even Mithila Palkar’s character is also a seen before one but she lives it very well.
Director Akasrh Khurana does a better job with KARWAAN than what he did with his previous film. He built on the genre with his quaint, quirky touch. He has done a good job could have been better if the characters would have been a slight different than what we have seen before.