Karwaan and the Road Less Travelled by Bollywood


Karwaan and the Road Less Travelled by Bollywood

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


t one point in Akarsh Khurana’s Karwaan, Avinash Rajpurohit (Dulquer Salmaan) tells 18-year-old Tanya (Mithila Palkar) that photographing is about capturing a moment, and not “creating a moment out of everything” unlike what Instagram addicts tend to believe. Somehow, it’s also the best way to describe the film because through its 120-minute-long runtime, Karwaan ends up doing a bit of both.

In this scene for instance, it captures a clever generational divide between a world-weary, lonely, and almost judgemental 30-something, who’s slowly becoming a mirror image of his father, and a millennial, who’s stuck to her phone, and whose default currency is rebellion. But it also generates tender moments out of such a simple exchange: shy smiles, awkward body language, and a chance at expression.