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Karwaan (transl. Caravan; Hindi pronunciation: [kaːɾʋaːn]) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language road film written and directed by debutant Akarsh Khurana, produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Priti Rathi Gupta. The film stars Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan, and Mithila Palkar. The film marks the Bollywood debut of Dulquer Salmaan. It was released on 3 August 2018.[3] The film received mixed reviews from critics.[4]

Karwaan - Movie Poster.jpg
Directed byAkarsh Khurana
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Priti Rathi Gupta
Written byHussain Dalal (dialogues)
Screenplay byAkarsh Khurana
Story byBejoy Nambiar
StarringIrrfan Khan
Dulquer Salmaan
Mithila Palkar
Music byPrateek Khuhad
Anurag Saikia
Imaad Shah
CinematographyAvinash Arun
Edited byAjay Sharma
RSVP Movies
Ishka Films
Distributed byPrateek Entertainments
Release date
  • 3 August 2018 (2018-08-03)
Running time
114 minutes
Budget₹23 crore[1]
Box office₹26.42 crore[2]


The film is a light-hearted comedy, in which Dulquer Salmaan plays a guy who lives in Bengaluru.[5] It is a road trip with a difference. These aren't three friends out on an adventure, but rather three misfits on a journey that goes a bit too off-track. Avinash Rajpurohit (Dulquer Salman) is a depressed young man who hates his IT job, loathes his boss and would rather become a photographer, but for his father (Akash Khurana). His father passes away in a road accident and his body reaches another family by mistake. Avinash's friend Shaukat (Irrfan Khan) offers his van and company to travel from Bangalore and exchange the body in Kochi. En route, Tanya (Mithila Palkar), the granddaughter of the now-deceased person with whom the other body was exchanged, joins them. It is a trip that neither of them wishes to be part of but end up enduring it.




In August 2013, it was reported that Akarsh Khurana would be making his directorial debut with a dramedy written by Bejoy Nambiar, the story of which would revolve around three characters, going on a road trip.[9] Initially it was reported that Arvind Swamy and Nawazuddin Siddiqui would be playing two of the three lead characters, but in May 2014 Bejoy Nambiar informed that as a result of modifications made in the script, Arvind Swamy would not be part of the project and Rajkummar Rao had been brought in to do the film which was titled Focus at that time.[10][11] In June 2014, when the film was one month away from going on floors, director Akarsh Khurana opted out of the project owing to creative differences with Bejoy Nambiar, the writer and producer of the film.[12][13] Bejoy Nambiar brought in Heeraz Marfatia as a replacement for Akarsh Khurana but the shooting of the film failed to take off and after several delays Bejoy decided to postpone[14] the project for a year so as to focus on his own directorial venture Wazir.[15][16][17]

In April 2017, it was reported that Ronnie Screwvala had decided to revive Bejoy Nambiar's Focus through his new production house RSVP Films and Akarsh Khurana had been brought back to direct the film with Irrfan Khan and Abhishek Bachchan in lead roles.[18][19] In June 2017, Abhishek Bachchan parted ways with the film because the shooting schedule was clashing with that of Paltan, another project of his that he was doing with J.P. Dutta.[20] In August 2017, Akarsh Khurana informed that Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar had been finalized to play the central characters in the film along with Irrfan Khan.[21][22] On September 1, 2017 the first look of the film was unveiled, through which it was revealed that the film had been given the name Karwan.[23][24]


Principal photography of the film started from 31 August 2017. The film was shot in Ooty and Kochi.[25]


Soundtrack album by
Prateek Kuhad, Anurag Saikia, SlowCheetah, Shwetang Shankar and Imaad Shah
Released13 July 2018[26]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
External audio
  Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Anurag Saikia chronology

The soundtrack of Karwaan consists of songs composed by Prateek Kuhad, Anurag Saikia, SlowCheetah, Shwetang Shankar and Imaad Shah[27] with lyrics been written by Prateek Kuhad, Akarsh Khurana, SlowCheetah and Imaad Shah as per the official trailer of the film unveiled on 27 June 2018 on YouTube.[28]

Track listing
1."Chota Sa Fasana"Akarsh KhuranaAnurag SaikiaArijit Singh04:04
2."Saansein"Prateek KuhadPrateek KuhadPrateek Kuhad04:26
3."Heartquake"Akarsh KhuranaAnurag SaikiaPapon03:21
4."Dhaai Kilo Bakwaas"SlowCheetaSlowCheeta, Shwetang ShankarSlowCheeta, Anish John, Sanjeev Kumar Nair, Shwetang Shankar02:56
5."Kadam"Prateek KuhadPrateek KuhadPrateek Kuhad03:34
6."Bhar De Hamaara Glass"Imaad ShahImaad ShahSaba Azad02:30
7."Heartquake" (Aftershocks)Akarsh Khurana, SlowCheetaAnurag SaikiaPapon, SlowCheeta03:55
Total length:24:46


The film was released worldwide on 3 August 2018.

Critical receptionEdit

The Hindustan times rated 4 out of 5 and praised the acting of Irrfan Khan, Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar.[29] Filmfare rated 4.1 out of 5 and said Watch the film for the fine acting by Mithila and Irfan. This comedy will surely tickle your funny bone and would make you reflect on life as well.[30] Times of India rated 3.5 out of 5 and said Karwaan might not live up to the expectations, but it leaves a warm fuzzy feeling in the heart that says all's well that ends well.[31] DNA India rated 3 out 5 and said Irrfan Khan's film oscillates between being a fun-ride and a dark-drag.[32] The rating from Firstpost was 2.5 and mentioned Dulquer and Irrfan are absolute dears in a sweetly understated road flick.[33]

Box officeEdit

The film had a below average opening with 5 – 8 percent occupancy, it grossed ₹1.5 crore worldwide on day-1.[34][35] Karwaan grossed a total of ₹24.64 crore from India and ₹1.78 crore overseas for a worldwide total of ₹26.42 crore in its lifetime.[2] The film was made on a budget of ₹23 crore.[1]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Date of Ceremony Awards Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
16 February 2019 Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Lyricist of The Year Prateek Kuhad - "Kadam" Won [36][37]
Prateek Kuhad - "Saansein" Nominated
Upcoming Male Vocalist of The Year Prateek Kuhad - "Saansein" Nominated
Prateek Kuhad - "Kadam" Nominated
Upcoming Music Composer of The Year Prateek Kuhad - "Saansein" Nominated
Prateek Kuhad - "Kadam" Nominated


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