#BOLLYWOOD: ‘Karwaan’ has a lot of good things going for it. For starters, there is Irrfan Khan – the inimitable style with which he breathes life into a scene by simply being present in the frame. Then there is Dulquer Salmaan who makes his Bollywood debut; he sets our hearts aflutter every time he comes on screen.
Mithila Palkar is beautiful, a burst of energy and always a delight to watch. Then there is the breathtaking cinematography by Avinash Arun that paints the movie with lush green and radiant blue hues.
Despite all these elements, so essential for a great cinematic experience being present, ‘Karwaan’ is devoid of soul. They simply never come together as a whole.
Avinash (Dulquer Salmaan) is an unhappy man stuck in a job he hates. Flashbacks reveal it was his father who crushed his dream of becoming a photographer.
Cut to the present, when he finds out that his father has died in an accident but the body he receives is of another lady who died in the same bus mishap.
Avinash‘s friend Shaukat (Irrfan) offers to take him to Kochi to get the bodies exchanged. Some absurd and tragic circumstances lead to Avinash meeting a young college-going girl Tanya (Mithila Palkar).
‘Karwaan’ tries hard to be a breezy, slice-of-life film, but fails miserably, thanks to the wafer-thin plot.
Forgettable songs and half-baked characters leave us strangely detached from the on-screen proceedings. It paints a vibrant picture visually, no doubt, but is frustratingly vacuous.
Watch the trailer here
2 Quints out of 5!
Review by: Stutee Ghosh