A decent Bollywood product

2010-03-22 00:00

DEBUTANT director Vijay Lalwani attempts to give us a languid thriller in Karthik Calling Karthik. The film has a pretty unconventional subject without the usual flamboyance of Hindi cinema.

Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) is an introvert whose life sucks. He is snubbed by almost everyone from his landlord to his snooty boss, Mr Kamath (Ram Kapoor), who treats him like genetic garbage. Karthik has a huge crush on his colleague Shonali (Deepika Padukone), but has no guts to tell her. In a nutshell, he’s a born loser until he suddenly receives a call from a guy claiming to be him (Karthik), which transforms his entire life.

The loser Karthik slowly starts to pay attention to the advice of the admonishing, super-confident Karthik and he begins to accept the caller Karthik as his mentor and guide.

The film does generate curiosity when the serious stuff happens, but then drags as the viewer begins guessing how the story will end. As the identity of the caller becomes apparent, the viewer is jolted towards the climax of the film.

Akhtar is a talented actor who gives a suave performance — he gets better with every movie. Deepika looks ravishing, but her performance is lacking. Ram Kapoor as the nasty boss is brilliant.

Lalwani gives us a languid thriller, somewhat too laid-back, as he spins out the story.

This is no popcorn entertainer, but a decent product coming out of Bollywood.

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