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Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)

KarthikCallingKarthik2010Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) is a 2010 Hindi film and psychological thriller, written and directed by Vijay Lalwani and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under the banner of Excel Entertainment. 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.

Plot

Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) is an introvert who lacks confidence in dealing with everyday life situations and feels trapped in his average job at a construction company. He produces even less-than-average results as he is continuously troubled by an incident of his childhood. His elder brother, Kumar, used to torture him, but whenever he complained to his parents about him, they did not believe him. One day, Kumar took Karthik to show him some beautiful tourist spot, and took him to a well, trying to throw him in it, but Karthik escaped. Kumar next tried to tie him with rope but accidentally fell inside the well and died. Karthik thought himself to be responsible for his brother’s death.

Shonali Mukherjee (Deepika Padukone) is a co-worker at Karthik’s company. Karthik’s boss Kamath (Ram Kapoor) and landlord treat him extremely negatively, often humiliating and disrespecting him. Shonali, on the other hand, is considered by Karthik to be an independent, classy and confident woman who remains unaware of his secret love for her, much less his existence even though he’s worked at the company for close to 4 years. Karthik attempts to e-mail her his feelings very regularly, but on each occasion stops himself, as he concludes that Shonali is dating his co-worker Ashish. After being derided by his boss yet again, he figures that his life can’t get any better and decides to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills. At the exact moment that he is about to consume the sleeping pills, the phone rings and a stranger, having the same voice as him, tells him that he is also Karthik, and that he is his well-wisher. By and by, Karthik finds that this stranger can exactly locate his psyche, and come up with solutions that can make things better. The caller convinces him that he has the ability to change him, if he strictly follows his guidelines. The caller expressly tells Karthik that he should not mention his phone conversations to anyone, lest he will be perceived as mentally ill.

Gradually these phone conversations become his life guide. His chats take place every morning at 5:00 a.m. and the caller provides advice on every problem that arises in Karthik’s life. The caller keeps a close eye on his life, guides him to become a successful man and win his secret love, Shonali and eventually enables him to bring color to his otherwise monotonous and unremarkable existence

One day, when Karthik and Shonali are together, Shonali tells him that he should tell her everything. He tells Shonali about the mysterious caller, but Shonali does not believe him and asks him to consult a doctor.

The night when he receives the call, the caller asks him to lie to Shonali and tells him not to consult a doctor. The next day he lies to Shonali, but she sees through his lie. When he goes to his psychiatrist, she asks her if she could come to his house and check the call at 5 a.m. When she arrives at Karthik’s house, the phone rings and the same voice tells her that it existed whether she believed it or not and when she heard it, the cup from which she was drinking coffee, falls down. Karthik gets up and goes to get a wipe to clean it, and when he comes back in the room, he sees that there is nobody and the door is open.

The next day he tells Shonali that he consulted a doctor. Shonali does not believe him and says that she will herself stay with him and see the calls arriving. The phone again rings in front of her also but she stops Karthik from receiving them. The phone eventually stops ringing.

Karthik receives the calls again the next morning, and the caller warns him that if he could bring him up, then he could throw him down also. When he goes to the office, his boss throws him out of the office telling that he called him last night and blackmailed him that he would tell his wife about his affair if he sold illegal land. While he is moving out, he meets Shonali who tells him that he called her last night and made fun of her. He tries to tell her that he did not do anything but she does not listen. Karthik thinks that he should go somewhere that even he would not know. He puts on his glasses and sits in the train, pretending to be blind. He thinks that he himself won’t know where he is, then how would the caller know? He goes down the train on the station and asks the driver of his cab to take him to any small hotel of the area. When he reaches there, he asks the receptionist to remove the telephone and room number plate.

After the passing of a few months, Karthik is comfortably living in a small town. His life is back to normal with respect to work and other elements except for the fact that he refuses to have a phone line. However, upon his boss’s request, he is forced to purchase a landline but goes to great lengths to ensure that he himself is unaware of the number but purchases the same model that he had earlier.

After a day of restless sleep, he is glad that no calls come through and takes this as a sign that those events will not occur again. But the next day, at exactly 5 a.m. he receives a call from Karthik, who tells him that he has found him and will now find a way to kill him. In the meantime, he has contacted Shonali and even intends to meet up with her one day. She is contacted by Dr. Kapadia who explains that Karthik is Schizophrenic. He has an alter ego that is more assertive and advises him on what to do and how to live life. And he has been dealing with this condition from a young age when he created a fake brother. Turns out that the Phone Model that he purchased has the capacity to record messages and act as a playback feature at a certain time. And these functions work regardless of whether a phone is plugged in and the messages can also be sent to other numbers. This explains the voice on the other line. He would wake up in the middle of the night, leave himself messages in the alter ego state and then go to sleep.

Eventually, Karthik is so disturbed that he attempts to commit suicide by ingesting sleeping pills, but Shonali arrives at the right time to save him. After a few months, Karthik is in the process of dealing with his schizophrenia and has Shonali’s help in living a happy and rehabilitated life.

Cast

Farhan Akhtar as Karthik Narayan
Deepika Padukone as Shonali Mukherjee
Ram Kapoor as Kamath
Vivan Bhatena as Ashish
Vipin Sharma as Landlord
Yatin Karyekar (as Yateen Karyekar)
Shefali Shetty as Dr. Shweta Kapadia (as Shifaali Shah)
Siddhartha Gupta as Young Karthik
Swapnel Desai as Young Kumar
Kanchan Pagare as Peon at ACL Office
Haansaa as Secretary at ACL Office
Abhay Joshi as Phone salesman Mumbai
Prachi as Karthik’s mother
Zafar as Karthik’s father

Sound Tracks

“Hey Ya!”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Loy Mendonsa, Shankar Mahadevan and Clinton Cerejo
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“Hey Ya! – Remix”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Loy Mendonsa, Shankar Mahadevan and Clinton Cerejo
Music Label T-Series

“Jaane Ye Kya Hua”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Kay Kay
Music Label T-Series

“Kaisi Hai Ye Udaasi”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Kailash Kher and Sukanya Purayastha
Music Label T-Series

“Karthik 2.O – Instrumental”
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Music Label T-Series

“Karthik Calling Karthik”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Suraj Jagan, Shankar Mahadevan and Caralisa Monteiro
Music Label T-Series

“Karthik Calling Karthik – Remix”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Suraj Jagan, Shankar Mahadevan and Caralisa Monteiro
Music Label T-Series

“Uff Teri Adaa”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan and Alyssa Mendonsa
Music Label T-Series

“Uff Teri Adaa – Remix”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan and Alyssa Mendonsa
Music Label T-Series

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 09 December 2010

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