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Karthik Calling Karthik review

Farhan Akthar and Deepika Padukone
Farhan Akthar and Deepika Padukone

'A youthful drama for those craving a different kind of Bollywood', BBC Shropshire Bollywood

Rating: 4/5
Director: Vijay Lalwani
Starring: Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Shefali Shah
Information: Contains suicide references
Running time: 135 mins
BBFC cert: 12A
Release date: 26 February 2010 by EROS International

Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) is a shy, introvert sort of a guy. Years of counselling has not helped his recurrent nightmares of his brother's death which he holds responsible for.

Whilst his boss treats him like dirt, he is the laughing stock amongst his work mates. He is secretly in love with Sonali who works in the same office. But she doesn't even know he exists.

Knowing he is a loser, Karthik decides to commit suicide. But just then he receives a call from someone also claiming to be Karthik.

What's more, the mysterious voice wants to change Karthik's life for the better by being his guide, mentor, friend and guardian.

Karthik's life takes a sudden U-turn for the better. Whilst his job prospects improves so does his love life with Sonali.

But destiny comes round with a shocking twist revealing the identity of the mysterious caller in this dramatic thriller.

Vijay Lalwani effortless direction draws you into Karthik's grim and dismal world in the movie's initial half.

After the intermission, the movie turns into a suspenseful drama with surprising twists leaving you shaken but not shocked.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the climax when the identity of the mysterious voice is revealed.

This revelation comes across without the much needed impact which would have surprised viewers. It would have added that extra punch making the ending an engrossing watch.

Also, slight glitches in the script regarding the background of the telephone caller, dilutes the narrative.

But Lalwani's superb portrayal of the young urban Indian youth is inspirational and original. Brilliant cinematography and a soulful musical score further compliments the story.

In terms of performances, the extremely talented Farhan Akhtar impresses once again as the reclusive Karthik turning into a suave, sophisticated ladies man.

It is refreshing to see Deepika in the role of a deglamorised up-town girl. She depicts the career-minded Sonali suffering from a trail of broken relationships with charm and confidence.

Karthik Calling Karthik is a youthful drama with great performances. A film which will appeal to those craving for a different kind of Bollywood.

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
BBC Bollywood correspondent




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