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Karthik Calling Karthik

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About the Actor

Farhan Akhtar

Born in Mumbai to screenwriters, Javed Akhtar and Honey Irani, Javed Akhtar was brought up in a Mumbai in a muslim family. He did his schooling from Maneckji Cooper School, Juhu, and later joined H.R. College, for a degree in Commerce, though he left it, in the second year. Farhan is a filmmaker, script writer, actor, playback singer, lyricist, film producer, and television host. Farhan is married to Adhuna Bhabani Akhtar, a hairstylist. They have two daughters Akira and Shakya.

Farhan Akhtar started his career by working as an apprentice with director, Manmohan Singh at age 17, for films like Lamhe (1991), after which he was the assistant director to Pankaj Parashar in film Himalayputra (1997), followed by working in a television production house for three years, doing various jobs. His debut as a writer and director was marked with one of 2001's biggest hits, "Dil Chahta Hai" which was story of three freshers and the tale of their love and friendship. It was a critical and commercial success, especially popular among the younger generation. He then directed his next venture, Lakshya (2004), a movie about an aimless youngster finally setting a goal for himself. This was followed by a remake of the 1978 Amitabh Bachchan starrer, "Don".

He made his acting debut with Anand Surapur's film, The Fakir of Venice (2007). In 2008, Farhan made his mainstream Bollywood acting debut in "Rock On!!", which was critically acclaimed as well as a box office hit, doing exceptionally well, particularly in the metros. The movie established him as a fine actor and the face of youth in India. This movie was followed by his sister's Directorial debut, "Luck By Chance". He has appeared as a judge on a few shows on television, like the dance-reality show, "Nach Baliye" (2005), and the beauty pageant, Femina Miss India (in 2002). He turned to TV hosting on NDTV Imagine with his show "Oye! It's Friday!".

He is also going to appear in three upcoming films: "Kartik Calling Kartik", "Dhruv" and "Gulel".

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone was born on 5th January 1986 in Mangalore, Karnataka. She has done her schooling in Bangalore. She has been modelling appearances in print and television advertising campaigns for Liril soap, Close-Up toothpaste and Limca, receiving many prestigious modelling offers, including brand ambassadorship of the Jewels of India, an annual jewellery exhibition. She hit the international scene when Maybelline made her their new international cover face.

At the fifth annual Kingfisher Fashion Awards, for Indian models and designers, she was awarded the title of Model of the Year. Shortly afterwards, she was chosen as one of the models for the Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar for 2006, thus cementing her reputation as a supermodel. She also bagged two trophies at the Idea Zee F Awards in 2006 - Female Model of the year (Commercial Assignments) and Fresh Face of the year..

Making her acting debut with Kannada film "Asihwarya" in 2006, Deepika grew to instant fame with her debut in Bollywood in "Om Shanti Om". Her next movie was romantic comedy "Bachna Ae Haseeno" in 2008, opposite Ranbir Kapoor and alongside Bipasha Basu and Minissha Lamba. The film performed reasonably well at the box office. Her next film "Chandni Chowk To China", in 2009. Her fourth release "Love Aaj Kal (2009) opposite Saif Ali Khan proved to be one of the biggest hits of 2009.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Shefali Chhaya
  • Directors: Vijay Lalwani
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Eros Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035F0I0Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Karthik Calling Karthik" on IMDb

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Sharp and sophisticated, this movie has just risen to my Top Movies of All-time list. I was not expecting much since I simply bought it to see the context of it's most successful song, "Uff Teri Adaa". But from the beginning I was hooked by the clever plot line and the endearing characters, none of whom I knew from other works. I won't spoil the Hitchcock-like fun of the plot other than to say that the resolution/conclusion is not in any way contrived or a cheat (like aliens are to blame or it was just a dream). If there is any shortcoming to the conclusion it's that it is too well explained. I immediately had to watch the movie again to find the subtle clues and with the director's commentary it was even more fun and entertaining. All the music is appropriate and fitting, the language clean (PG in my estimation with nothing remotely racy), and the characters sweet and charming. Cinematography is not something I typically notice, but the filming was superb. I show this movie over and over to new audiences who always love it and want to know more about it so I give it my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
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Actually this was a really good move! I liked it! I think psychological thrillers are an underdeveloped genre. As far as Bollywood movies go, it wasn't just another stupid love story... It does bring to light some very important issues and that is psychological disorders. I think that mental diorders is still a taboo subject for Indians. This movie brings to light that ultimately, they are just people who are suffering from what can be a very debilitating and life threatening mental disorders. I thought that the acting on both parts was very organic and none of it was very forced. I liked their Chemistry together, I thought they were very believable as a couple.

My only criticism is that it bends the truthfullness of Multiple Personality Disorders quite a bit. It's not QUITE being untruthfull, but it certainlly streches the breaking limit!
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I was shocked by the previous review because I loved this film. Could be differing expectations; mine were not only met but exceeded. This psychological drama set among the professional world of young, educated up-and-comers in Mumbai is one of the most "un-Bollywood" of Bollywood films I've seen, and I've seen many. Farhan Akhtar plays Karthik, a bright but painfully shy & insecure man who suffers regular abuses by his boss and is virtually invisible to all the other employees at the construction company headquarters where he works. Out of the blue he begins receiving phone calls from another "Karthik" which offer him support and advice, improving his life. He eventually becomes completely dependent on his connection to the caller, and when the calls turn dark they threaten all he has achieved.

The screenplay and directing by 31-year-old, first-time writer/director Vijay Lalwani were taut and understated, which to me is far more effective at drawing the viewer into the story than the excesses of the typical masala Hindi films. The music by Bollywood veterans Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy was spot on, not showy for it's own sake but lending uncannily perfect support to the story in every scene, even down to the incidental passing scenes. Deepika Padukone is stunning as usual and her work gets better and better. She plays Shonali, Karthik's long-desired love interest, with a nice balance of vulnerability and coolness. But it's Farhan Akhtar's film, and he's a revelation here, adding the perfect comedic and dramatic touches to Karthik to steal your heart and send you on an emotional rollercoaster. At 135 minutes, it's also on the short side for Bollywood films, and as wrapped up as I was in it, it flew by.
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As the strange name "Karthik calling Karthik" forces you to think about movie, ditto with the well maintained suspense. It forces you or better says engages you for 2.5 hrs that most other bollywood movies never accomplished even for few mins. It's nice to see lot of bollywood movies coming up with tight script and engaging direction. Even most traditional film director/actor is coming with as bold movie as "My name is Khan"!! . As bollywood is always blessed with powerful actors, but it's only since last few years we are seeing above par script and well crafted direction, and on top of that versatility of subject selection is like icing on cake. Let's hope this trend will continue.

As movie is suspense thriller, it's not worth to discuss story. At glance it look more like beauty and geek kind of material, but turns into more meaningful storyline that keeps you engaging till end. As for Deepika, she is still learning and did as expected to do but Farhan Akhatar is improving with every film. At first he started acting for fun, but now he seems more sincere about the same.

Nothing negative about this movie.

All in all KCK is one more movie from bollywood this year that is worth watching
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Karthik Calling Karthik attempts a psychological mystery which to a certain extent manages to get the job done, keeping you entertained and guessing till the very end. Some of the more clever viewers would probably figure out the ending in advance. I did not and couldn't but that is just me as I just roll with the punches.
Karthik played by Farhan Akhtar is shy and introverted; he is picked on by colleagues and does not have any friends. He secretly pines for Shonali ( Deepika Padukone ) but ends up losing her to a more aggressive colleague. Things are dismal, until one day he receives a phone call. Life starts undergoing a change; he finds confidence, success at work and even manages to woo Shonali. Life is great, but one day he breaks the rules imposed on him by the secret caller.
I liked the movie and it was not just interesting but beautifully shot as well. The makers have managed to make even the most drab places look sophisticated. The music is quite catchy especially Uff Teri Ada. The second half of the movie could have used some editing and better writing but ....
The movie belongs to Farhan Akhtar who acts well and delivers his best performance so far after Luck by Chance. Deepika manages to look pretty. Three stars. 9/24/10
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