Movie Review: Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Below Avg.

karthikHave 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.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “finally Indian cinema has what it takes to impress on an International level”
4.0 “a spectacular cinema calling”
3.5 “serious cinema”
Times Of India
3.5 “thrilling and touching tale”
Buzz 18
3.5 “a touching tale”
IBN Live
3.5 “a well made movie, which has a story to tell and manages to tell it well”
Movie Talkies
3.5 “worth attending”
3.5 “An unreal autopsy of the twisted mind”
India Forums
3.5 “an emotional journey with the principal character”
3.0 “clearly not a formula film”
Hindustan Times
3.0 “Although, the film is made well it seems to be lacking somewhere”
Zee News
3.0 “a good one-time watch – considering once the secret is out, it would not interest you for one more go”
3.0 “gripping storytelling and marvelous performances”
3.0 “Go but with an open mind”
Average Reviews
2.5 “a decent product with an unconvincing conclusion”
2.5 “Director Vijay Lalwani pens a story that’s gripping in parts but not in entirety”
2.5 “Lots of static”
2.5 “could have been better had there been a cracker of a climax but nonetheless, it’s a good film that deserves one viewing at least”
Real Bollywood
Negative Reviews
2.0 “dials a wrong number”
DNA India
2.0 “half baked with hardly two scenes sending a cold shiver down your spine”
Now Running
2.0 “little more than a wrong number”
Khalid Mohamed
1.5 “A Sad Waste of Good Talent”

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