Verdict: Irrfan shines, Mithila sparkles, and Dulquer aces.

Ever taken a long road trip that you absolutely hated because of how tiring it was and how the people with you were plain boring? Of course you have. But if you had a co-passenger like Shaukat (Irrfan Khan), you would be anything but bored and tired. Powerhouse performer Irrfan Khan’s new film Karwaan, directed by Akarsh Khurana, will make you want to take more road trips. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Priti Rathi Gupta, Karwaan is the Hindi film debut for the Malayalam superstar Dulquer Salmaan. It is also the first time YouTube sensation Mithila Palkar was cast in a meatier Bollywood role.

What’s Karwaan About:

Avinash Rajpurohit (Dulquer Salmaan) works at an IT firm that is owned by his father’s friend. He dislikes the job and holds his father (Akash Khurana) responsible for crushing his dreams of being a photographer. While stuck in an unhappy job, Avinash receives the news of his father’s passing away in an accident on the way to Gangotri. The travel agency with whom Avinash’s father had booked the bus tour to Gangotri ships the dead body to Avinash in Bangalore. But there is a mix-up with the dead bodies and Avinash gets delivered an old lady’s corpse who turns out to be Tanya’s (played by Mithila Palkar) grandmother. Avinash’s father’s body has been sent to Kochi instead. Avinash tries to resolve this chaotic situation with his friend Shaukat (Irrfan).
Irrfan decides to embark on a journey with Avinash in his beautiful van that reminds you of the Mystery Van from Scooby Dooby Doo and you’re in for an enjoyable and unique road trip.

What Works:

Irrfan Khan outshines the rest of the cast. The actor is so effortless in the film as Shaukat. The actor’s witty one-liners were quite a craze when the trailer was released. But there are so many of these one-liners and dialogues that make you laugh out loud. Sometimes, even for a good 20-25 seconds straight (yes, there happens to be one particularly hilarious scene). The charming Dulquer Salmaan makes a decent debut with Karwaan and aces Hindi. The Malayalam actor’s glorious experience is out there for everyone to see as he is seamless throughout the film. His fourth debut (DQ has debuted in four film industries) will be a special one for sure. Mithila Palkar does a tremendous job as a young and unapologetic Tanya.
The music is well placed and melodious. Director Akarsh Khurana entertains you with his direction and screenplay. Hussain Dalal, the dialogue write, needs a special mention for his sharp-witted dialogues. Overall, a job well done.

What Could’ve Been Better:

While the film is thoroughly funny, a few dialogues seem a little unnecessary. We would’ve loved to see more of the lead characters and their chemistry.

Why You Should Watch:

Karwaan is one of those films that will leave you with a smile on your face. It will make you appreciate the artists that Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar are. Watch Karwaan for a unique story, super performances and hilarious dialogues.