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Director  Vijay Lalwani
Language  Hindi
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance, Thriller
Release date  February 26, 2010 (India)
Country  India
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Writer  Vijay Lalwani (story)
Release date  26 February 2010 (2010-02-26)
Songs  Hey Ya!
Similar movies  A Beautiful Mind, Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, The Orphanage, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Twelve Monkeys

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Karthik Calling Karthik is a 2010 Indian psychological thriller film, written and directed by Vijay Lalwani and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under the banner of Excel Entertainment and Reliance Big Pictures. The film stars Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. Ram Kapoor and Shefali Shah play supporting roles in the film. The film's music was composed by the trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, while the background score was composed by MIDIval Punditz and Karsh Kale.


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Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) is an introvert who lacks confidence and feels trapped in his average job at a construction company. He is continuously troubled by an incident from his childhood: His older brother, Kumar, used to torture him, but whenever he complained to his parents, they did not believe him. One day, Kumar took Karthik to a well and tried to throw him in it, but Karthik escaped. Kumar accidentally fell inside the well and died. Karthik has thought himself responsible for his brother's death ever since.

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Shonali Mukherjee (Deepika Padukone) is a co-worker at Karthik's company, whom Karthik secretly loved though she remains unaware of his existence, much less his feelings. After being derided by his boss Mr Kamath (Ram Kapoor) yet again; Karthik figures his life can’t get any worse and decides to commit suicide. Just as he is about to, a stranger with the same, exact voice as his, calls and says that he is also Karthik, convincing him that he has the ability to change his life. These phone calls become Karthik's life guide. His chats take place every morning at 5:00 a.m. and the caller provides advice on Karthik's problems, guiding him to become a successful man, win Shonali's heart, and bring color to his otherwise dreary life.

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However, when Karthik tells Shonali and his psychiatrist about the phone calls, despite being warned not to, the mysterious caller gets angry and tells Karthik that if he could bring him up, he could also throw him down. As per his word, things start going downhill. Karthik's boss throws him out and Shonali leaves him. Karthik decides that if he goes somewhere he does not know, then the caller wouldn't know where he is either and stop calling him. Karthik travels to an unknown place, takes shelter in a small hotel, and asks the receptionist to remove the telephone and room number plate.

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After a few months, Karthik is comfortably living in Cochin with a decent job. His life is back to normal except for the fact that he refuses to have a phone line. Upon his boss's request, he is forced to purchase a landline. He goes to great lengths to ensure that he himself is unaware of the phone number. However, one day at exactly 5 a.m, he receives a call from the mysterious caller, who threatens to kill him. Meanwhile, Shonali is contacted by Dr. Kapadia, who reveals the twist: Karthik actually suffers from Schizophrenia. He has an alter-ego that is more assertive and advises him on how to live life. However it was revealed that the strange caller was Karthik himself. He has been dealing with this condition from a young age, when he created a fake brother named Kumar with his imagination. Karthik's phone has the capacity to record messages and act as a playback feature at a certain time. Karthik would wake up in the middle of the night, leave himself messages as his alter ego, and return to sleep, where he would awake once again at 5 AM to take his own calls.

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Eventually, Karthik Narayan becomes so disturbed that he attempts to commit suicide again. Shonali, realizing the truth, arrives at the right time to save him. They reconcile and she stands by him, helping him with his condition. After a few months, Karthik is in the process of dealing with his disorder and lives a happy and rehabilitated life with Shonali by his side.


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  • Farhan Akhtar as Karthik Narayan
  • Deepika Padukone as Shonali Mukharjee
  • Ram Kapoor as Kamath
  • Shefali Shah as Dr. Shweta Kapadia
  • Vivan Bhatena as Ashish
  • Vipin Sharma as Landlord
  • Production

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    In an effort to prepare for his role as loner introvert Karthik, Farhan Akhtar isolated himself at home and school and turned off his phone. He also learned to solve the Rubik's Cube, an activity which his character completes in only one try.

    Critical reception

    On the review-aggregation website ReviewGang, the film scored 5.5/10 based on 11 reviews. Film critic Rajeev Masand gave the film 2 out of 5 possible stars. Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India rated it 3.5 out of 5, calling it "immensely watchable, purely for the class act by Farhan Akhtar in the title role". Shweta Parande of gave a rating of 3.5 out of 5, applauding the cast and crew for their performances and their efforts on building up the story as a team. IndiaGlitz gave a 3 out of 5, concluding "Go but with an open mind."

    Box office

    Karthik Calling Karthik was a declared a box office hit. Collecting 47 crore (US$7.3 million) on a budget of 23 crore (US$3.6 million). It grossed 31 crore (US$4.8 million) overseas, making a total of 78 crore (US$12 million) worldwide.


    The soundtrack of the film is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics penned by Javed Akhtar. The album was released on 20 February 2010.

    Though the album did not get favorable critical response, the track "Uff Teri Adaa" created waves and topped the charts numerous times in the following months. At the box office, music had an impact in the opening of the film, as it got bigger opening than its competitor Teen Patti.

    Before the album got released, an online copy was leaked onto the Internet. Farhan Akhtar confirmed this and requested not to download them illegally.

    Awards and nominations

    2011 Zee Cine Awards


  • Best Music - Shankar Ehsaan Loy
  • 2011 IIFA Awards


  • Best Male Playback Singer - Shankar Mahadevan
  • 2011 Star Screen Awards


  • Best Music - Shankar Ehsaan Loy
  • References

    Karthik Calling Karthik Wikipedia
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