Karwaan: An Enriching Ride to Self-Discovery
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Road trips, as the core plot are one of the most unexplored genres in Bollywood. Karwaan brings the essence of a road trip to life with three lead actors who effortlessly showcase the main aspect of the movie – self-discovery, in style.
Starting off with dark humor, Karwaan revolves around two dead bodies which are mixed up and it triggers a journey of three ‘lost’ characters, Avinash (Dulquer Salmaan), Shaukat (Irrfan Khan) and Tanya (Mithila Palkar). The trio sets off on a whimsical and adventurous journey from Bangalore to Kochi, leaving enough room for self-discovery and introspection.
The characterization of the three characters make up for the shoddy writing in the first half of the movie. Malayalam star Dulquer makes a solid debut as a bored IT employee and his expressions are in tune with his mundane everyday life. The film gives Dulquer enough screen time and scope to explore his acting skills that would make the Bollywood audience fall in love with the character. Irrfan effortlessly portrays a carefree garage owner and holds the film together with lively facial expressions and comic timing. Mithila exudes the rebellious vibe of a teenager and even makes a point that she is a modern woman when she buys a pregnancy test kit.
Cinematographer Avinash Arun captures the green scenic locales and waterways in Kerala. In a sequence between Mithila and Dulquer, the cinematographer plays with purple lighting that not only complements Tanya’s lit cigarette, but also gives Avinash a chance to show off his photography skills.
Kriti Kharbanda plays a short, yet a sweet and refreshing role while Amala Akkineni essays the role of Tanya’s mom with elderly charm. Music director Anurag Saikia and Imaad Shah have composed some refreshing songs such as ‘Chota Sa Fasana’ and ‘Heartquake’. The ‘Heartquake’ song featuring Irrfan’s and the Muslim girl in the backdrop of the hospital, is one of the lighter moments in the movie and also brings out the innocence and genuineness in Shaukat’s character.
Karwaan doesn’t offer a smooth ride from the start. It takes a while for the characters to blend into the movie and it continues to maintain its slow pace throughout. The film is filled with humor, terrific acting and witty humor, leaving a feeling of warmth and relatable characters.