Irrfan Khan, Mithila Palkar, Dulquer Salmaan
Akarsh Khurana
Road Movie

The caravan of life is forever on a learning curve, sometimes you find your love, sometimes your dreams …. Sometimes yourself. Irrfan’s new release is a classic road trip-film which will speak to your heart, writes Shubarna Mukerji Shu through its three protagonists. While Avinash (Dulquer Salmaan) is the jaded one, Tanya (Mithila Palkar) is the spirited one and Shaukat (Irrfan) is the wise one.

Despite it being a simple story, Khurana has factored in many layers give it a full, whole-some make-up. So basically, Avinash and Shaukat are trying to make their way to Kochi, there has been a bit of a mix-up. Avinash who has been informed that he has lost his dictatorial father to a road accident, finds himself with the wrong corpse. He now has to make his way to Kochi and bring his father and return the corpse he has to its rightful family. Horribly morbid, the thought of interchanging the corpse but Akarsh does it with a bit of humour and casualness. However, not once do you miss Avinash’s turmoil, in all this confusion.

He hasn’t been the most ardent fan of his father’s tyrannical ways, but he is duty bound to do his bit and perform the last rites. This little duty, has taken him away from his corporate jail, where his existence was like that of a rat stuck in the rut. He has move away, from his work, but his true self is so long forgotten that he no longer remembers what he likes to do, what he likes to be. In stark contrast to him his Shaukat, who might have his own issues but he is always seeing the glass half full.

These two pick up Tanya on their way, who seems to have her own coping to do, but smiles brightly enough for the three of them. The odd trio moves into the script so seamlessly, that each of them are equally indispensable to the film.  

We are not going to get into more about the script, because like every journey, this one should be experienced by you, on your own time. But here are some of the factors you should look out for. Though, according to Dulquer, Irrfan improvised a lot on sets, the dialogues of the film are simply perfect. Hussain Dalal who takes the credit for the clever lines and the simplicity of the spoken emotions gets full marks for his job. As does the cinematography. Avinash Arun brings out the greens along the road so starkly in contrast to the dreary existence of the protagonists’ office set up despite the false brightness around tells you why the man deserves the National Award he won (in the Marathi language category). The way Arun brings out the canvas of the film, is certainly one of the highlights. The music of the film is hummable, but pales in comparison to the cast. When Irrfan does a movie, you can be rest assured that he will be the high point of it, be it NAMESAKE or JURRASIC PARK. He peaks even in this one, in a way that only he can. There are scenes where he only fills the background, and yet you cannot forget his stance. His character remains etched in a deep-rooted manner, no one else manages. So it is obvious, if he is the highlight, everyone else in the film will have to take the second position but not in this one…. Dulquer is equally fitting in his role. He does his bit fabulously. He is so real that he makes Karvaan less of a movie and more about you. Mithila too does her bit prettily. Which brings us to the director of the film. The ease with which Khurana has picked on life and accepted death, is simply remarkable. He has effortlessly pointed each and every mistake we have all done in our life without being preachy, he has simply drawn his characters that well. These little perfectionists have got together and make Karwaan a wonderfully, simple tale…. Highly recommended.

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