A surprise hit from Eternals, Karun, played by Harish Patel, is probably the best thing to come out of the movie. Here’s why we believe Karun deserves more love.
A Pure Soul Who Finds Beauty In Everything
When we looked at the Deviants for the first time, all we could think were ho hideous those creatures were. Their weird tentacles and those spikes and horns made us squirm. Not Karun though. Unlike the Eternals and most of humanity, Karun’s first thoughts after seeing a Deviant was how beautiful they were. Despite being a mortal who can get killed pretty easily, he keeps up with Kingo and the rest of the Eternals. Camera in hand, he never shies away from putting himself in harm’s way to get a clear shot because he wants to chronicle each and everything his friends do to save the world. You don’t get any purer than that.
His Infinite Camera Stash
In every scene we see Karun is in throughout the movie, he is holding a camera. Big or small, simple or advanced, Karun has an endless supply of cameras. Many times, his camera is broken. But rest assured, he has brought plenty to go by. Perhaps his infinite camera stash is his secret superpower? Karun spares no expense to record and chronicle each and every aspect of the Eternals. Fun fact – Harish Patel, who plays Karun in Eternals, actually had a camera he used to record videos throughout the movie sets. Producer Nate Moore says it could be uased to make a short Kingo documentary.
His Epic Relationship With Kingo
Eternals don’t age. But as a human growing up, Karun never heard stories of Eternals. Kingo, who’s an eternal, is forever young. Karun first thought Kingo is one of those vampires he heard from those childhood tales. And like any human, he tried killing the ‘vampire’ by driving a wooden stake through his heart. Kingo keeps bringing up how Karun tried killing him thinking he is a vampire. Karun keeps saying the same line: “I have apologized many times.” Well he has not done it enough for sure. Karun and Kingo’s relationship is the stuff of legends. It is pretty much like Batman and Alfred, only less dark and way funnier.
Karun Defends Humanity
The Eternals have been in a moral dilemma since forever. the Emergence only brings out the dilemma even more. Should they allow the Celestial to emerge from the planet, destroying Earth and humanity? Or should they stop it from happening and let humanity prosper? Since Karun is the only human in that party, he offers a human perspective to it. Of course he would be biased when he give out his opinion. But we would like to believe the Eternals movie would have turned out very differently had this guy not chimed into these conversations. Maybe Kingo would have joined Ikaris if not for having a human friend like Karun.
Makes Kingo Join The Eternals
He is probably the friend we all deserve and need. He rises up to the occasion and makes sure you do the right thing. Kingo was more than happy to stay behind and focus on his Bollywood career. It was Karun who convinces him that there is more to life than just fame and wealth. His friends need him and Kingo must be there for them. He even uses the best line to motivate Kingo to join the good guys. Taking it directly from Kingo’s Shadow Warrior 2: Voyage Of time, Karun inspires Kingo with the words: “Life affords no greater duty than to protect one’s family.”
Karun Is A Man Of Action
He could have easily just stayed back at home and left everything at the hands of the Eternals. He is a human after all. What could Karun possible do? Karun is a dedicated chap. He refuses to back down and is ready to help no matter how miniscule his effort may be. Had Kingo decided to stay, his valet would have happily stuck around and aided Phastos, Sprite, Druid, Thena, and Makkari against Ikaris and Sprite.