Karwaan – Review

Genre Comedy
Directed by  Akarsh Khurana
Starring Dulquer Salman, Irrfan Khan, Mithila Palkar
Released on  3 August 2018
Duration 114 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 4/10
Channel Amazon Prime Video

‘Karwaan’ is a 2018 drama/comedy directed by Akarsh Khurana. It starrs Irfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar.

Karwaan is about Avinash (Dulquer Salmaan) who is a frustrated software engineer, Shaukat (Irfan) who works in a garage and Tanya (Mithila Palkar) who is a college student. Avinash’s father dies in a bus accident along with Tanya’s grandmother. Their bodies however, get exchanged and the film is about how Avinash attempts to reach Kochi in order to get his father’s body back and give Tahira (Tanya’s mother) her mother’s body back. On the way, they pick up Tanya and it becomes a road trip with three different kinds of people.

Karwaan is a doable story and would have played out great, had it been a dark comedy. The genre they chose for this was a drama, which unfortunately did not work out in their favour. To put it clearly – the film is all over the place; it has no central theme, motive or tone. It is a sad waste of potential of such great actors who could have been used so well to create a compelling movie. As I understand it – Avinash does not like or has any attachment whatsoever with his father and thus, he is least interested in doing any ceremony for him, he just wants the cremation to be over with and move on. Irfan is a happy-go-lucky chap who is caring and considerate about his friend Avinash and dislikes Mithila for she feels like a burden. Mithila is a chirpy, young girl who was close to her grandmother and is someone who likes living freely.

Karwaan flows like this. Even if Avinash does not care the least about his father, he should at least be considerate enough to reach his destination on time in order to retrieve the body. Instead, he drinks, hangs out at a wedding and is the most unrealistic character ever. Even if they wanted to show  moments of him relaxing and having fun (having had enough of the tormenting life), they should have layered it with some kind of an emotional explanation – does he feel hatred? does he feel sad? does he feel angry? nothing! there is no motivation for anything the character does. He’s random, absurd and abrupt – it makes no sense. All we get in the name of an explanation are flashbacks wherein we mostly see his dad’s face and a bare minimum of him and his emotional journey. How are we supposed to feel/sympathise with the character? Mithila is very similar. Her character is flat, boring, very much like Avinash. We don’t know why she does the things she does, there are no set-ups and it’s bad to the point that it’s funny. Her actions look forced and not at all real. The only saving grace is Irfan whose character is the most developed and realistic one.

The problem with Karwaan and so many others is how – they don’t have a focused goal, they want to do too much and hence, it ends up becoming shabby. A film should have a clear view of what it aims to give the audience, what it is essentially about. We have the struggles of wanting to follow your passion, what it is to be a modern Indian woman, highlights of domestic abuse and relationships with parents. I don’t get it, what does this film want? None of these themes are realised fully, they are badly shaped and painful to watch, because it has no impact – it’s just weird and bad. It’s funny only because Irfan saves the day, or I would have cringed throughout.Watch it for Irfan and you possibly might like it better than I did.

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