The Road Movie genre hasn’t quite been nailed in Bollywood. While there have been some amazing attempts(Jab We Met, Highway, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara), there have also been duds(Jab Harry Met Sejal). This week releases Karwaan which falls in the Road Movie genre starring the Malayalam superstar Dulquer Salmaan. Is this “trip” memorable or does it meet with an accident…lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Karwaan follows the story of Avi, an IT engineer by profession, who comes to know of his father’s death only to have a wrong body delivered to him. He along with Shaukat and Tanya hit the road, to get the right body. The story is quite refreshing. The screenplay is not hurried and moves at a leisurely pace which actually works in the film’s favour. The dark humour is intelligently embedded in the screenplay. The key to a good Road Movie is some strong and layered characterization. And this movie has that. The dialogues are superb with some amazing one liners.
Music, Direction & Cinematography
The music has a fresh vibe to it and gels well with the proceedings. Akarsh Khurana, who last directed the forgettable “High Jack”, is in good form here and does an amazing job. A special mention of the cinematography which was simply breathtaking.
Mithila Parkar brings out the vulnerability of her character Tanya with utmost ease. When you take Irfan onboard, you want him to nail the one liners and he does just that as Shaukat. Such an amazing performance and hope he recovers soon so that we can see more of his work. And then there is the character of Avi which is the most relatable character for me. It had many shades of me in it(if you want to know me better then Avi is the character to understand). Such a complex character and played effortlessly by DQ. He is a pleasant personality, easy on the eye but has a storm brewing inside him. Very close to being me!!
Karwaan is a breath of fresh air and just uplifts your mood. It makes you laugh throughout but you leave the theatre with a lump in your throat. Just the kind of tonic that I needed after a heavy week!! Do give it a shot, it won’t disappoint you!!
PS : It will leave a smile on your face!!