Karthik Calling Karthik

  • Film
  • Drama
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Mumbai lad Karthik (Akhtar) is a geeky virgin. He lives alone, and his demanding boss treats him like dirt. Further, his dream-girl colleague Sohali (Padukone) ignores him. One morning, his home phone rings and it’s … (see title). These daily calls transform his humdrum existence; he’s even offered drunken sex. But, is it possible to receive a call from oneself? Or is something more sinister happening? This Bollywood delve into psychological thriller territory works best when it focuses on the credible romance between the adorable, competent leads. It suffers due its inability to free itself totally from the ‘formula’: an inordinate length, numerous ‘Hinglish’ songs and a refusal to address Karthik’s condition in depth. Akhtar’s little-boy-lost vulnerable charm holds it all together. Intriguing.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday February 26 2010
Duration: 135 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Vijay Lalwani
Cast: Farhan Akhtar
Deepika Padukone
Shefali Shah