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On The Road

Saturday, August 04, 2018
By Deepa Gahlot

Karwaan
Director:
Akarsh Khurana
Cast: Irrfan, Dulquer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar and others
Rating: * * 1/2

Karwaan is a lightweight road movie, meant to be life-altering for the characters, and amusing for the audience, but it’s neither too funny nor profound enough. It coasts along on the charm of the actors and breathtaking beauty of the Southern landscapes not seen too often in Hindi films. Audiences today are pleased with much less.

Bangalore-based Avinash (Dulquer Salman — earnest) is a leftover from ‘3 Idiots’ — he wanted to be a photographer, but is forced by his father into a secure IT job. The estranged father is killed in a bus accident, and Avinash wants to get the last rites over with quickly, when he discovers, much to his annoyance, that his father’s coffin has been exchanged with that of the mother of a Kochi-based woman, whose rebellious daughter (Mithila Palkar) joins the trip.

The solemn Avinash, inexplicably, has a friend in an older garage owner Shaukar (Irrfan), who offers to transport the coffin in his van part of the way, but the journey keeps getting extended, and not all diversions are interesting. The good and bad thing about having Irrfan in the film is that he gets all the laughs, but when he is not on screen, the movie seems to deflate.

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