From Farhan Akhtar you expect quality films, Karthik Calling Karthik is no different. The title itself arouses a bit of curiosity, imagine waking up to a call from someone who claims to be you..! Add to it the fact that the film is coming from the producers of films like Dil Chahta Hai and Rock On, your expectations soar sky high. But does it live up?
Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) is a loser, a very shy introvert, a nerd.. you name it. He suffers from self consciousness and a serious lack of confidence. His job at a company isn’t going great, his boss doesn’t treat him well. His crush Shonali (Deepika Padukone) doesn’t care, she hardly knows he exists. In short – he leads a life, noone would want to.
One night, he gets a call from someone who claims to be Karthik. Who says, he’s here to change his life. The caller soon becomes his friend, guiding him and changing his life forever.
What works for Karthik Calling Karthik
- 45 minutes of the second half, a bit of thrill and mystery.
- Farhan’s restrained performance that is sure to win him accolades.
- The music (Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy) is good.
- The chemistry that Deepika and Farhan share, makes the love story work to an extent.
- Deepika’s wardrobe, styling and the way she carries it with that fantastic smile, more than makes up for her inconsequential role.
What doesn’t work for Karthik Calling Karthik
- The first half is stretched. Karthik’s transformation from a nerd to a dude isn’t convincing. Everything is rushed and frankly, too hard to digest
- The way the disorder is identified, the way it is explained on screen.. just doesn’t work.
- Karthik Calling Karthik also suffers from being way too predictable, especially for a thriller. The climax is a damp squib.
- The movie as a whole is far from convincing, for example, when Deepika starts liking Farhan, he confesses his disorder to her. Her reaction and the scenes that follow, seem so immature, not something you expect from makers of such fantastic films in the past.
Overall, the concept sure was interesting, but the writing and execution fall way short of expectations. Farhan’s performance and music are the only saving graces of this very disappointing film. We certainly expected better, much better. Watch it, if you have nothing to do this weekend.