Karwaan is a slice of life movie where death is the premise. Avinash's(Dulquer Salmaan) father's dead body is swapped with another person. He sets off with his mechanic friend Shaukat (Irrfan Khan) on a road-trip to make the things right. As one event unfolds after the other, the duo is joined by Tanya (Mithila Palkar), a rebellious teenager. The trio then set out for a roller-coaster journey. Talkietive Reviews brings you the 5 Good Things that stand out in the film.
1) Ensemble of Newbies: Karwaan brings together a trio of newbies— Dulquer Salmaan, Mithila Palkar and Akarsh Khurana. Dulquer Salmaan who is a popular actor of Southern cinema underplays his role as Avinash, who is unhappy with his 9 to 5 job. Palkar who has acted in Little Things, a web-series and Muramba, a Marathi film, reprises her role as the girl next door. Akarsh Khurana who has written for Krrish and Krrish 3, marks his debut as a director with this movie. He succeeds in bringing the best out of his cast and makes the quirky story look refreshing on the silver screen.
2) The Irrfan Factor: Actor Irrfan Khan holds the film together. From poking fun at foreigners to spoiling Dulquer's chances of impressing a girl, he pulls off his role as Shaukat very effortlessly. Whenever the situation on-screen seems tense, Irrfan's punchy performance comes in as a comic relief for the viewers.
3) The Write Turn: It was director Bejoy Nambiar who came up with the idea of two dead bodies getting mixed up and being sent to the wrong people. He deservedly gets the story credit. The screenplay by Akarsh Khurana (director of Karwaan) and co-writer Adhir Bhat with dialogues by Hussain Dalal, match up to the quirky idea of the journey of life with various people joining in.
4) Music Scores: Just like the story, Karwaan's music is like a breath of fresh air. From Prateek Kuhad's Saansein and Arijit's song Chota sa Fasana to SlowCheeta's quirky Dhai Kilo Bakwas, the music suits the situations shown in the film rather well. These songs are definitely the ones that will play on the car stereo on a loop.
5) Production Value: Karwaan is the third film from Ronnie Screwvala's film company RSVP that released this year. While, Love Per Square Foot and Lust Stories released on digital platforms, Karwaan has had a theatrical release but what all three have in common are new content and new talent. Without the backing of Screwvala, such movies would find it hard to make their presence felt.
This Review originally appeared on www.talkietive.in.