Karwaan is all about Avinash (Dulquer Salmaan), a dejected soul who is stuck in an IT job that he hates. He holds his father responsible for the same as he was the one who forced him into doing what he is currently doing.
The news of his father’s sudden death takes Avinash and his friend Shaukat (Irrfan Khan) on a road trip from Bengaluru to Kochi. We now get to meet Tanya (Mithila Palkar), who is a rebel without a cause, lives on a college campus and drinks away her worries.
Both Avinash and Tanya meet when the dead bodies of their relatives get exchanged. What happens next is what makes up for the rest of the film.
The film is great in parts as there are scenes that will make you laugh out loud, but then the narrative to me gets confusing and at the end, I kept wondering what happened and why. The issue with such cinema is that neither do they entertain nor do they have a strong social message that will make you think hard.
Shot across the most beautiful places in South India, the camera work stands out, but then Karwaan is not a travel series, it’s a film and one needs either drama or entertainment or content. Sadly, the film lacks all the three.
As far as performances are concerned, what can I say when you have such terrific actors on board. While Dulquer Salmaan is flawless in his role, Irrfan Khan breaths in the much-required energy in his character that’s not very well etched out. Mithila Palkar tries hard to match the two stalwarts, but falls flat, while Kriti Kharbanda is likeable in her special appearance.
With the team behind this project, Ronnie Screwvala, Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Akarsh Khurana, I expected a power-packed film, but I came out disappointed.
Had the makers worked on the script, this trio would have belted out a film that we all would have been proud off. See Karwaan only if you are really desperate to watch a film this weekend or else wait for some time, one will get to see this film on a digital platform soon.
Rating: One Star