Karthik Calling Karthik poster
Directed by Vijay Lalwani
Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Written by Vijay Lalwani
Starring Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Shefali Shah, Vipin Sharma
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Release date 26 February 2010
Running time 155 Minutes
For once again I’ve been irregular with my blogging, its been 112 days or 3 months, 20 days since I last posted a blog entry. Somehow blogging has really lost my attention, maybe its due to twitter, lack or time/topic or just my laziness to post something. Anyways been a long time since I had blogged, thought of posting my review of Karthik Calling Karthik which I saw on Saturday.
I normally wait for movie reviews these days, I don’t want to repent my decision of booking tickets before checking the reviews, but I didn’t follow the pattern for KCK aka Karthik Calling Karthik. Primarily because the promos had got my attention (yeah they do for most of the movies and then the movie disappoint, but this was an exception) and then Deepika’s new look was all that I needed to get convinced (Yeah I like her, love her rather, she’s all over me these days). Enough of chatter, lets get to the point.
Normally a thriller survives on its suspense factor, KCK was no exception, but the title somewhat gave the hint what it was all about. Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) gets phone calls from Karthik (his alter ego? some well wisher?), now who the other Karthik was left to your imagination. I for once considered him to be his alter ego. But then that’s what I thought, the movie somewhat surprised me on what really it was about.
KCK starts off well, portraying Karthik as a overworked, invisible person whom everyone thinks of as a nobody. Which I found quite silly considering that he was a topper in IIMs and broke some records in CA exam results! Isn’t that a confidence booster is itself already? But then I can probably neglect that part, for he might be having something bothering him so much which can make him forget what value he could be to some big corporate. What was he doing in a construction company in the first place! Anyways he starts getting those mysterious calls from Karthik which changes his life, he gets the credit he deserves, gets a promotion, and most importantly gets the girl, Shonali Mukherjee (Deepika Padukone) whom he secretly loved. It all turns ugly when he reveals about those mysterious calls. By this point you probably try to figure out whats gonna happen, but then just when you thought you’ve cracked this one and decide that Karthik’s imagination is getting the better of him, director Vijay Lalwani drops the bomb when the phone calls turns out to be real! I was left to wonder what could be the real deal. But sadly that’s the last good impression the movie leaves on you, from then on its all downhill. Instead of taking it to a different level the movie suddenly drops down and ends abruptly leaving some unanswered questions.
Performances are what I liked a lot. The way Farhan Akhtar got into the character and was believable as a sorry fella Karthik. He was very natural the way he reacted to the situations and for once let off his steam by breaking the poor phone. Then when he gets his confidence back he still retains the charm needed in the character and still continues to be believable. He really shines as an actor here. The chemistry between him and Deepika was quite natural and likable. The romantic sequences, esp those fingers mimicking walking thing was really cute. Some dialogs were quite funny and managed to make the pair more believable. Deepika was effective but I wanted to see more of her (not just because I like/love her, but because her character didn’t give much to judge her on) did a great job in a few sequences though. And after Love Aaj Kal you did expect her to get better and better, which I could see. Ram Kapoor as the bad boss was pretty good. Shefali Shah as the psychiatrist and Vipin Sharma as the bugging landlord both were effective.
Screenplay was a bit weak,should have been better in the second half. Cinematography was top notch. Captured some scenes perfectly as needed in a thriller. Use of shadows and dark areas added to the effect. Background music by MIDIval Punditz & Karsh Kale was awesome. It added to the dark and mysterious tone of the movie. Songs were good, and Hey Ya! and Uff Teri Adaa (My favorite number these days) were the pick of the movie.
Overall the movie turned out to be a decent watch, a bit of a let down from what I expected, only if the ending had been better, or maybe the whole of the second half, it would have been a great watch. Still not a disaster at all, was a nice watch. Watch it for a great performance from Farhan Akhtar.