What is it?
'Karthik Calling Karthik' is a movie that one can admire without exactly embracing it.
Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment's next after 'Luck By Change' is a paranoia-inducing suspenser about a spit personality in this sort of psycho thriller toned mind -game of a movie.
Crafted with a commanding aloof precision by Vijay Lalwani in his first outing as a writer and a helmer takes an unusual dive into this genre which is not common in Bollywood without apparent rules and manages to generates an intriguing intellectual intrigue that covers 70% of its running time which allows to arouse buffs, trendies and techies more than the mainstream auds.
It's not that dark, edge of the seat thingie but answers your 'inner voice' which demands some expecting moments.
The Story.............. Of course
'Karthik Calling Karthik', is the story of a lovable loser Karthik (Farhan), who lives in fear and how his life changes with the help of someone who also claims to be Karthik calls him and makes him a confident human being but things take a ugly turn when he doesn't listens to one of his advice and loses his job and his pretty girlfriend Shonali (Deepika) and when he overcomes, the viewer gets introduced to an unknown secret.
What to look out for?
'Karthik Calling Karthik' projects the same sense of style that will inevitably be compared to a cross between Asian and Europe cinema that shows glimpse of steely technical mastery in the service of a story that demands an involving narrative.
Farhan Akhtar who after the dramatic appearance in 'Rock On' and the difficult but well done 'Luck By Chance' learns with 'Karthik Calling Karthik'.
The actor is at ease in those sweet romantic scenes and shows confidence in playing the happening guy and simultaneously manages to make the viewers note his discomfort in dealing with a voice that changes everything in his life, a bit more intensity lessons for this role would have worked wonders but still it's a noteworthy performance.
Deepika Padukone, the tall and the beautiful lass, contributes by her all-important warmth in whatever space and scopes she gets.
Ram Kapoor as the Boss and the immensely gifted Shefali Chhaya as the psychiatrist chip in with valuable support.
Technically, the film is immaculate, with Sanu Varghese sleek lensing, rich production design, Aarti Bajaj's sharp editing, Shankar Ehsaan Loy's grooving score "Uff Teri Ada" is finely done and the dense sound work by Midival Punditz.
The movie does overlook some vital aspects in the characterization and takes liberties which are not easy to digest.
Like normally a person suffering form Schizophrenia is not aware of what the other character is doing but here its shown that he is aware and unaware according to the demand of the script.
The winding up of the entire plot is hurried and appeared forced that threatens to almost kill the tempo and the mystery tone which was twined around.
Conclusion: Go but with an open mind.