Irrfan and Dulquer promise you laughs and wanderlust
Having watched ‘Karwaan’, early this morning, the first instinct to hit me was to pack my bags and leave on a holiday to Kerala. Infact, God’s Own Country plays the fourth wall in this feel-good film starring Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar.
‘Karwaan’ starts with Avinash (Dulquer) a once aspiring photographer, sitting helplessly at his desk in a Bangalore-based IT firm and watching the day go by. He resents his job and more importantly, his father. One night, he receives a call from a travel agency informing him about his father’s untimely death in a road accident. Avinash has to collect the body from the airport but he arrives to find out that his father's body has been wrongly sent to his co-passenger's relatives in Kochi. Avinash confronts his friend Shaukat (Irrfan), a bumbling middle aged man, and together the two set on a trip to retrieve the correct body. On the way, they pick up Tanya (Mithila) the grand-daughter of the deceased co-passenger, from a boarding school. The trio then traverse across Kerala on a journey of self-discovery.
Making coming-of-age movies or movies themed around following your passion isn’t new. But director Akarsh Khurana nicely peppers Bejoy Nambiar’s plot with clap-trap lines, written by Hussain Dalal. Undoubtedly, the film’s best dialogues go to Irrfan. DOP Avinash Arun offers the most flattering views of Kerala seen in a while through a mainstream Bollywood film, that are sure to give you wanderlust. The soundtrack of the film boasts of credible Indian independent talents including Prateek Kuhad, Slowcheeta and Imaad Shah of MadBoy/Mink fame.
Speaking of the performances, one can only wish a speedy recovery to Irrfan, who is in stupendous form as Shaukat. Though he comes across as conservative and borderline misogynist, he has a heart of gold and is always ready with a line to diffuse the situation. Dulquer makes an impressive debut as Avinash and hopefully, more Hindi film offers will flood his way. Mithila, who is a digital sensation in her right, is raw, yet she manages to stand tall amidst her more senior peers.
If you wish to soak in the beauty of Kerala and laugh a little, ‘Karwaan’ is worth your buck and time.