Karthik Calling Karthik
Plot: Farhan Akhtar woos Deepika but when they decide to get married, he tells her something which scares her enough to call him mad. Is he really mad? Why does he insist that he talks to himself every day?
What’s Good: The romance in the first half; two songs.
What’s Bad: The second half; the climax.
Komal Nahta says: This is Karthik Killing Karthik.
Loo break: When Farhan leaves the city, you may leave for the loo!
Now for a little more detail:
Excel Entertainment’s Karthik Calling Karthik (UA) is the story of a schizophrenic man, Karthik Narayan (Farhan Akhtar). Low on self-esteem, he is dismissed from his job by his ruthless boss, Kamath (Ram Kapoor), for no fault of his. Obviously, Karthik is devastated.
Even while he is jobless, Karthik receives a telephone call at home. He is shocked to know that the person who has called him is himself, Karthik. These telephone calls from Karthik to Karthik become a regular feature. The typical point is that the calls come at 5 a.m. everyday and Karthik only listens to what the voice has to tell him. The good part is that the voice of Karthik gives Karthik such pep talk that he suddenly becomes assertive and smart. Not only does he get back his job but he also succeeds in wooing his office colleague, Shonali Mukherjee (Deepika Padukone), thanks only to the telephone calls he receives from himself. The voice cautions him against telling anyone about the mysterious telephone calls.