Sunday, 7 March 2010
Karthik Callling Karthik 
Karthik Calling Karthik is a mightily refreshing and encouraging sign of the growing maturity of Hindi film directors, and their willingness to explore cinematic possibilities far outside the inane, juvenile, saccharine song-and-dance films that Bollywood has mostly come to stand for. This finely paced film stars director-turned-‘thinking man’s actor’ Farhan Akhtar as Karthik, a loner with such low self-confidence that he is treated like dirt by his egotist boss and ragged by his landlord, and to make matters worse, he’s silently in love with the lovely Shonali (played smartly and sassily by Deepika Padukone), a colleague of his, who wasn’t even aware of his existence despite their having worked in the same office for the last four years until he gets publicly ridiculed and fired from his job for no fault of his! Thus, when his life can not get any worse, he receives a call from a mysterious well-wisher who also goes by the name of Karthik, resulting in a change in his life that is far more dramatic than even his wildest imaginations. Revealing any more of the ingenuous plot would be criminal of me. Suffice it to say, the psychological thriller is sure to keep one engaged, while never shying from taking a peak into the dark and prohibited corners of a very disturbed person’s mind.
Director: Vijay Lalwani
Genre: Thriller/Psychological Thriller/Romantic Thriller