Movie Review: Karthik Calling Karthik

Farhan Akhtar has made his third appearance on the silver screen with ‘Karthik Calling Karthik’ (KCK). The writer-director of the film is Vijay Lalwani and this is his debutante attempt. KCK has come out as a nice film but the story does not seem to be effective enough. The film was promoted as a modern contemporary thriller teemed with romance. But the film fails to focus on either of the two.

The story shows Farhan as Karthik, a middle-class under-confident young man who works in a construction company. He is in love with Shonali Mukherjee played by Deepika Padukone who is a bubbly, easygoing and happy go lucky architect in the same firm. Karthik is treated as a ‘nobody’ in the office by his boss as well colleagues but he never had the guts to fight it out. He has written exactly 1317 mails to his lady love but he could never forward them.

As the story unfolds, we see that he easily succumbs to pressures because of some incident that took place in his childhood. However, his life changes with one phone call that is made by Karthik himself, something like talking to your inner conscience. Soon, this caller becomes his friend, philosopher and guide who spoon feeds him everything. He calls up every morning at 5 a.m. everyday and suggests solutions and actions for the day ahead.

As is the norm of hindi cinema, Karthik’s life completely changes and he turns into the ‘conventional’ hero of Bollywood. Smart, Suave, suited and booted, a confident professional with a beautiful girlfriend. Things start to rupture down when he tells Shonali about these phone calls. After this, the caller guides him all wrong things and he ruins all that he had earned. The film is then about how he gains back all that he has lost.

The music scores set by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are average, but they fail to impress as it seems the songs are used without any particular need. The film manages to touch your heart a bit, but the impact is not as much as expected. Farhan does justice to his role and so does Deepika. The supporting artists as well are good enough for their respective roles. The story too has a punch, but somehow it doesn’t fit well.

All in all, it is not a bad flick to watch but you can give it a miss.

Personally, I would give the movie 2 stars – One because of the hard work that went into creating the movie and the second because my girl friend finds Deepika Padukone very very hot.

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