Karthik calling Karthik is an exciting film probing a hither to unknown aspect of severe introspection which gives way to an extrovert accomplishment. By the way, is success and failure the only guidelines? Perhaps so, perhaps not!
Karthik Narayan (Farhan Akhtar) is low on self confidence and high on lowering himself further with a pre-conceived notion of being a worthless being. He suffers personally and even at the work place. He is easily exploited by one and all.
Then, the telephone rings…Karthik calling Karthik! With the inputs of the telephonic caller, Karthik achieves unimaginable heights… even gets a girl friend Shonali Mukherjee (Deepika Padukone) …then descends because of an interesting twist in the story. Will Karthik be Karthik again? What about his relationship with his high flying girl friend? An absorbing narration, leading to an unexpected climax.
Farhan Akhtar rocks on again with a spirited performance. He seems to have imbibed the mind of Javed Akhtar and the mentality of Shabana Azmi. Deepika Padukone is simply dazzling and at ease with her role. Except these two, all others just support the entire narration. However, Ram Kapoor and Shifaali Shah are truly impressive.
Vijay Lalwani comes out with a stylized and stylistic film show casing the inherent shortfalls of every person and the need to succeed in this dog-eat-dog world. The music by Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy is pleasing to the ears. Sano Varghese’ cinematography is wonderful. Editing by Aarti Bajaj supplements the narration pace. Sound Design by Baylon Fonseca enhances the various moods of the film.
Karthik Calling Karthik is an immensely pleasurable cinematic experience…perhaps, all said and done, Indian cinema is at last coming of age. Watch the movie for Forhan’s sake.
The Cast and Crew
Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Shifaali Shah and others
Music: Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy
Director of Photography: Sano Varghese
Executive Producer – Miriam Joseph
Editor: Aarti Bajaj
Sound Design: Baylon Fonseca
Production Designer: Rachna and Murli
Line Producer: Stuti Ramachandra
Casting: Nandini Shrikent
Costumes: Niharika Khan
Producer: Ritesh Sidhwani & Farhan Akhtar
Co – Producer: Amit Chandrra & Vijay Lalwani
Banner: Magic Beans Pvt. Ltd
Written and Directed by: Vijay Lalwani
3.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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