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Karwaan Movie Review: Dulquer Salman and Irrfan Khan failed to recreate the charm

by Unik Dhandhi, Friday, August 03, 2018

Soon after the release of Irrfan Khan starrer Karwaan's trailer, the audience could not help but to wait for the release of the movie on account of Irrfan's previous witty and joyful family-drama movies including Piku, Hindi Medium, Qarib Qarib Singlle and many more. Indian audience was in full agreement with the concept of light-humor around the story of an Indian family and their struggles and hence, this formula was a hit.

Life of Pi actor Irrfan Khan does not have to prove his talent as he already is a globally renowned actor. But his latest release, 'Karwaan' seems to be a little off-the-track. Directed by Akarsh Khurana 'Karwaan' could have been better than it turned out to be.

The movie revolves around a sulky individual named Avinash Rajpurohit who is being portrayed by Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan on-screen. Dulquer aka Avinash is trapped in a dreary, soul-destroying desk job in a Bangalore-based software firm. Stuck in the unending fight of finding a place in the overrated concrete-jungle, Avinash finally decides on leaving his desk-job for finding the remains of his late father and concluding his life with the last-ceremony.

With a life-changing goal in mind, Dulquer aka Avinash hits the road with a buddy who is separated in terms of age by many years, 'Shaukat' aka Irrfan Khan in a caravan for travelling from Bangalore to Kochi. In the middle of their road-trip they end up picking the wrong dead-body of a woman instead of Avinash's father's body.

A good-intentional deed turns into a dead-body feud. Youtube sensation Mithila Palkar who plays the role of a college-girl and the granddaughter of the mistaken dead-body, in no-time becomes a part of the road-trip. The on-screen chemistry between Dulquer and Mithila is inevitable. But the best of the movie goes to Irrfan Khan's impressive acting and witty dialogue deliveries.

Besides a considerable lag in its script, Akarsh Khurana's direction failed to engage the audience. The scenic beauty of Kerala and Ooty makes 'Karwaan' a worthwhile watch and nothing more than that. The actors try their best for improving the pace of the movie but that hardly helps.

Finally, the trio reaches Kochi for collecting Avinash's father's remains and delivering Mithila aka Taniya Kutty's grandmother's body to her Kochi home. And that is where the makers decided on treating the audience with a small surprise; a cameo by veteran actress Amala Akkineni.

Overall, the movie is duller than its trailer and Irrfan Khan looks immensely weighed down due to forcefully creating humor. In order to conclude this review, we would like to give 'Karwaan' 5/10 stars.


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