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Oct 18, 2018

Karwaan


Road trip movies seem to be the route of choice for Mollywood actors for their Bollywood debut. If it is a Bollywood road movie, it invariably has Irrfan as the laid back, philosopher of life who nurses a can of worms of his own – not too lethal, just enough to cause some minor hiccups to spice up the story line (Piku, Qarib Qarib Singlle, Karwaan)

We had Parvathy making her Bollywood debut with Irrfan in an Indian take on eat-pray-love called Qarib Qarib Singlle. Now we have Dulqar Salman taking the south Indian scenic route with Irrfan in Karwaan.

In addition to the gorgeous Nilgiris and Kerala lagoons, the other key elements in this movie are an indian youtube sensation – Mithila Palkar, a couple of dead bodies and Hindi – the lingua franca of southern India, if we are to believe Karwaan.

The story is by ad-man turned director Bejoy Nambiar and directed by Akarsh Khurana. The dialogs are natural, photography showcases the best of South India and the actors have tried – but the story lacks juice and feels forced in most places – I made full use of the fast forward button.

Dulqar’s acting was the most believable and Irrfan plays Irrfan – a slightly off the rocker, lovable eccentric. This could be a short film for Kerala (and Tamil nadu) tourism, starring a Mollywood celebrity and a Bollywood celebrity – if we can edit this down to about 15 min.

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