Karthik Calling Karthik
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About the Actor
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 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Karthik Calling Karthik" is a sweet and wholesome yet diabolically Hitchcockian schizophrenic love story. Not the sort of movie we Americans usually see exported from Bollywood.Published on November 24, 2011 by Michael Harbour
I will avoid discussing the particulars, that would spoil the fun. In any case it's unusual to see a suspenseful psychological drama of this quality coming out of India (at least... Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by G. Teslovich
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