Movie Review: Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)
Have you ever received a call from yourself? Is it possible in the first place? There are several theories doing the rounds about the two Karthiks in this movie. So what is it? Is Karthik hallucinating? Does he have a double role? Or a split personality? For most parts of the film, you actually buy the explanation that Karthik does receive calls from, well, Karthik.
Let’s accept the fact that a concept like this instinctively generates curiosity in the film. But the real test is to make the story work in those 2 hours. Also – this is vital – the identity of the caller should come as a jolt when the film concludes.
KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK works in parts, but during the penultimate part, when the story shifts from Mumbai to Kerala, the sand castle, so beautifully built by debutante director Vijay Lalwani, gets washed away.
KCK is the story of an odd-ball guy played by Farhan Akhtar. The almost naive Karthik struggles to make good in a world full of guile and manipulative people. His lack of self confidence over shadows his talents and Karthik finds himself isolated and even insulted at times. So much so that he isn’t even able to send an email to Shonalee (Deepika Padukone) the female colleague he’s head over heels about. And suddenly out of nowhere a call changes his life and gives him new found confidence.