Karwaan, starring Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar in the lead roles, has hit the silver screens on (Friday) August 3, 2018. Helmed by Akarsh Khurana, Karwaan revolves around 3 oddballs from different walks of life, who are thrown together on a somewhat bizarre journey which helps them find normalcy in their lives. The film, that marks the Bollywood debut of Dulquer and Mithila, is a road trip film, in which some crazy adventures take place, some lines are crossed, some bonds are forged, detours are made, experiences are shared and secrets are revealed. An uneasy alliance is formed between three unlikely co-passengers on an eventful (and often hilarious) journey from Bangalore to Ooty to Kumarakom and finally to Kochi.Also Read - Kurup Review: It is All Dulquer Salmaan’s Show But Srinath Rajendran's Direction Lacks Energy
Times of India (3.5/5): Karwaan might not be the roller coaster ride you expected it to be, but it leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling in the heart that says all’s well that ends well. Also Read - 'Magnificent Spectacle'! Dulquer Salmaan Starrer Kurup's Trailer Lights Up Burj Khalifa
Indian Express (2/5): The good thing about the film is that it gives us enough time to observe Dulquer, who is a huge star in the South, and who seems quite at home in his Bollywood debut. Props to the filmmakers for not smoothening out his accented Hindi, which is quite thick in places. But Karwaan doesn’t serve up the delights which should have been the natural outcome of the interactions between the seasoned Irrfan and the younger magnetic Dulquer: the characters are not filled in enough; they end up playing a type. The film started to grow on me only about two-thirds of the way in, and there’s a moment when the trio is standing about, shooting the breeze, when it starts feeling lived in, when it all comes together. But that’s not enough. Not nearly. Also Read - Diwali 2021: Irrfan’s Son Babil Khan Shares Photos of Beautiful Home Along With His Favourite Corner
Khaleej Times: All the three characters seem under-cooked and unidimensional. Nothing they do will surprise you on the big screen. Bejoy Nambiar’s story tries to find humour in grave situations and hit the spot only half of the times. What keeps ‘Karwaan’ going is the unflinching Shaukat with his dry humour, peppered with witty one-liners. Revolving around two dead bodies, the film doesn’t mourn the dead but celebrates their life. We aren’t convinced why this road trip began in the first place and if this was the best Dulquer could choose for his launch.
First Post: Watching Karwaan is like driving through a lush green road, earphones plugged in with your favourite music and your thoughts playing out like the opening credits of a film. At some point you will get tired of the view, and you may even fall asleep. But the journey moves along anyway, much like life.
Conde Nast Traveller: While the film does not take you on scenic trip, it makes you look inward. It makes you want to pick that phone, call old friends and get in a car for a trip without a purpose. A trip to discover yourself via the people in your life, rather than the road itself, something many road trip films attempt with mixed results. And that’s what makes Karwaan special.
Pinkvilla: If Irrfan is yang then Dulquer is the Yin and his subtle performance is like a breath of fresh air. Karwaan was the apt Bollywood kick start that Dulquer deserved and they have used his likeability factor to the same extent as it was done with Fawad Khan in Khoobsurat. Mithila Palkar uses her bubbling burst of energy to add feminity and young naivety on what would have otherwise been an all-boys club. There’s a surprise cameo by Kriti Kharbanda who brings a much-needed closure to one of the characters. Irrfan, Dulquer and Mithila are the reason you should watch this mad-Hollywoodesque road trip film and did I forget to mention the rib-tickling dialogues?
Times Now: Karwaan speaks with you at a very deeper level. This is already one of my favourite road films of all time. This endearing and fun journey of finding oneself is definitely worth your time and money. Even if it doesn’t strike a chord with you, at the very least, you will find yourself smiling throughout the film, which isn’t a bad deal either. Just make sure you don’t miss joining this Karwaan.
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