Karthik Calling Karthik Hindi Movie Review

Mar 3, 2010 By Jahan Bakshi

It all boils down to a phone. The moral of the story in Karthik Calling Karthik is quite simple: Chinese electronic products can never be trusted. Guess I can't say more, or I might get tempted to reveal the feeble ending of Karthik Calling Karthik, which ethically and professionally I can't possibly do.


What I can do is perhaps warn you of the mighty shock that you would probably receive watching the film. It's shocking that Farhan Akhtar agreed to produce this terribly ordinary, at times even ridiculously (and unintentionally) funny script replete with jokes straight from the ghastly TV show Oye It's Friday! that he hosted not too long ago. You keep watching the film hoping that after the incessant tedium, at least writer-director Vijay Lalwani might come up with an ending that's a little unusual, or something you might not have guessed or seen before. You are left feeling more cheated that stunned.


It's earnestly performed by Farhan Akhtar, who is fairly effective but can't bring enough personality and substance to the role to rise above the lame writing, and to be honest I'd rather have watched Ms. Padukone (who's dialogue delivery- I am happy to report- shows mild improvement) strutting around in office and in nightclubs in her designer outfits for those two odd hours of my life I will sadly not get back again.


Technically, it's well shot and tastefully mounted with hummable music from Shankar Ehsaan Loy. That however I have to admit, is a line that would describe any film produced by Farhan Akhtar. This one, in my humble opinion is probably the worst of them all.


Sit at home, try solving a Rubik's cube, twiddle your thumbs or call some friends over, but I strongly recommend that you do not take this call from Mr. K. Karthik's incoming calls might be free, but movie tickets most certainly aren't, and you can most certainly put your time and money to better use. If you really must, wait and watch it on DVD.


It's shocking that Farhan Akhtar agreed to produce this terribly ordinary, at times even ridiculously (and unintentionally) funny script replete with jokes straight from the ghastly TV show <i>Oye It's Friday! </i>.
Rating: 3.3 / 10
Jahan Bakshi

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