Bejoy Nambiar’s story is fresh & different but unconvincing. The whole scenario of having a road trip over the fact that you’ve two dead bodies to take care of is half-baked. We hear about how Avinash had a not-so-good relationship with his father but it’s never been explored to establish that connection. If this would’ve been just another road-trip film with a different backstory, there was a chance of the film leaving its mark.
I totally understand how the makers wanted to dig through the phenomena of ‘finding oneself’ but they lacked the conviction with the route they chose to travel on. Akarsh had everything on his side, from the man who can bring the house down by his wit to another man who can do a similar thing by his charm. What he lacked was a good backstory to his characters. Take it any good ‘journey’ film – from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara to Piku, it’s always has been about more than the road trip. Karwaan, at times, takes itself too seriously and that’s where it fails.
Irrfan Khan: We’re missing you sir! You don’t have to be a fan of him to like him because he’s one of those rare actors who has never been hated for his work. Throw any line at him, he’ll deliver that in 10 similar ways yet be making you amuse every single time. He’s the sole winner of this film enjoying one of the best dialogues. Karwaanminus Irrfan would’ve been Buss-Kar(waan) [Sorry for that!].
Dulquer Salmaan: What a royal waste of talent! Those who’ve seen his earlier work will realise how much he’s wasted here. It’s only his charm that acts! He surely deserved a better Bollywood debut. Mithila Palkar – the internet sensation – does pretty well. She stays her natural self and that’s what goes in her favour. After Irrfan Khan’s hilarious dialogues delivery, the second most delightful thing about the film is Kirti Kharbanda‘s cameo. Her character though is forcefully fit in the script but she looks heavenly to dump all those technicalities.
Akarsh Khurana – a good director with bad story sense. After High Jack, Karwaan is yet another good idea gone waste. He needs to rework his script next time before he finalises to direct a film. It’s neither a badly directed film nor an unbearable one, it’s just entertaining but in parts. Only if Akarsh would’ve concentrated more on plot and not just dialogues.
Arijit Singh’s Chota Sa Fasana is best of the lot. It fits well with the story & has been blended well at places. Heartquake’s quirky lyrics makes it a good listen but it’ll not have a shelf life outside the movie. The music of SlowCheeta’s Dhai Kilo Bakwaas is used very well.
Karwaan isn’t perfect, but I enjoyed the film’s laidback, unhurried vibe, and it’s terrific music. Some of it – like a pit-stop at a called-off wedding, and run-ins between the protagonists and a bunch of goondas – feels silly and gratuitous. But for the most part, these are characters you’ll be happy to stay with. I recommend that you give it a chance. I’m going with three out of five.
Rating: 3 / 5
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