Have you ever seen an ECG graph…it moves up and down and when the person dies it just goes down and down and stops. That sums up KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK, the movie starts well…keeps you engaged…gives you some (ONLY SOME) gripping moments but finally ends without anything…it’s just what you had thought it would be.
Karthik [Farhan Akhtar] is an introvert shy guy who has no confidence what so ever in his abilities. He is the guy who can be bullied and given all the work in office. That is witnessed in the way his boss [Ram Kapoor] treats him and also by the fact that the girl he is madly in love with, Shonali [Deepika Padukone], doesn’t even know that he exists. In short, Karthik is a LOSER!
Suddenly, one night, his phone rings and guess what, the man on the phone is Karthik himself. The man says he’s here to change Karthik’s life and Karthik accepts the phone as a part of his life. Soon, the man becomes Karthik’s friend, guide and mentor and turn Karthik in a confident and charming man!
KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK is a love story as also a suspense fare that keeps you on the edge of your seats BUT only in bits and pieces. While the love story track between Farhan and Deepika works really well…the suspense element lets you down in the end.
The debutant director Vijay Lalwani, does well till the end but it’s the script that lets him down. All the suspense gives you is something that you had thought of right at the beginning. It lets you down more because towards the second half you are forced to think that there is a spine chilling suspense waiting for you.
The music of Shankar-Ehsaan and Loy’s music is good with Hey Ya and Uff Teri Ada the best of the lot. The movie could have done without one of the songs, Kaise hai Ye Udaasi. Special praise for the background score…its really good and adds to the appeal of the movie!
Farhan Akhtar’s performance shows that this guy is a MULTI-TALENTED man, director, singer, producer and actor…WOW. He handles the extremely difficult role with ease. Deepika Padukone looks stunning, to say the least and is really really good in her part(in the limited scope she gets). All the other artists, Ram Kapoor, Shifaali Shah and Vivan Bhatena pitch in effective performances.
Final Word – The film works…ONLY in some parts and the climax is a BIG BIG LETDOWN…
My Rating – 2.5/5