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Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 26 February 2010 (India)
A loner, Karthik achieves success, and even wins the heart of his gorgeous co-worker, after getting early morning mysterious phone calls from someone claiming to be him.

Director:

Vijay Lalwani

Writer:

Vijay Lalwani (story, screenplay & dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Siddhartha Gupta Siddhartha Gupta ... Young Karthik
Swapnel Desai Swapnel Desai ... Young Kumar
Farhan Akhtar ... Karthik Narayan
Vipin Sharma ... Landlord
Kanchan Pagare Kanchan Pagare ... Peon at ACL Office
Ram Kapoor ... Kamath Sir
Haansaa Haansaa ... Secretary at ACL Office
Vivan Bhatena ... Ashish
Deepika Padukone ... Shonali Mukherjee
Abhay Joshi Abhay Joshi ... Phone Salesman Mumbai
Prachi Prachi ... Karthik's Mother
Zafar Zafar ... Karthik's Father
Shefali Shah ... Dr. Kapadia (as Shifaali Shah)
Brijendra Kala ... Telephone Exchange Clerk (as Brijinder Kala)
Khyati Kanchan Khyati Kanchan ... Hair Stylist
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Storyline

Born in Delhi, but now living in Mumbai, Karthik Narayan is a much abused employee with ACL Construction, secretly in love with leggy Architect, Shonali Mukherjee, who has been going steady with yet another co-worker, Ashish. After purchasing a new telephone, Karthik gets a call from a male voice that resembles his, who instructs him to follow directions; tell no one about this phone call, and he will achieve success. He follows these instructions, is soon promoted, as well as befriends Shonali, and continues following instructions from this caller. After Shonali makes it clear that she loves him, he breaks his promise, and is urged to seek counseling by her. He reluctantly does so with a Pyschiatrist, Dr. Shweta Kapadia, who hopes to cure him by visiting him early morning in his flat - not realizing the shock and trauma that await the duo. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Urdu

Release Date:

26 February 2010 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

K.C.K. See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,643, 28 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$262,511, 7 March 2010
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Dolby Digital

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Trivia

For the sake of his role in the movie, Farhan Akhtar had taken to solving the Rubik's cube. He became so passionate about it that he solved it wherever he went from parties to shoots to meetings. Since he is known to be a method actor and a perfectionist who believes in going through his paces beforehand, he began learning to unlock the puzzle much before the film hit the floors. He tagged the cube along with him everywhere and practiced it in his free time - in his car, at theaters or even in his office. And reportedly, very soon he became such an expert at it that he now throws challenges at others to beat him at it. See more »

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When Karthik buys the telephone for the first time, the vendor tells him it's a new Japanese model. The box has Korean written on it (above "Kyungmin Corded Phone") and then the English translation underneath. This is seen more clearly when he buys the same phone towards the end of the movie. See more »

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References Banaras (2009) See more »

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Happy Birthday
(uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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first psychological thriller from Hindi filmdom...
5 May 2010 | by kolappan_dftSee all my reviews

This is the first review I am writing and I am writing it because I just had to. So impressed was I after watching this movie. I am still surprised that it has come from Bollywood and not Hollywood. The script is the strong point of the film (I shall not delve into it as it is a suspense story). It is original (as far as I know) and neatly does the job of keeping you guessing till the end. Though some people are not happy with the ending I was quite satisfied with the explanation given. It is an acceptable resolution from a psychological point of view. This film must be the first psychological thriller from Hindi filmdom and quite a credible one at that.

The execution of the script is also exceptional. Acting by all the key people (which by the way is only a handful) is very spontaneous and natural. Cinematography is in line with the thriller genre with a lot of shadows thrown in for good effect. Music (both songs as well as background score) also fits the mood of the film perfectly. Editing is tight and there is no lag in the movie. Overall this debut effort by Vijay Lalwani is quite appreciable as he steers clear from stereotypes and clichés. Kudos to the whole team behind KCK.

Alongwith "A Wednesday", "Rock On", "3 Idiots", "Dil Chahta Hai", "Munna Bhai 2", "Chak De", "Lagaan" & "Rocket Singh" this movie makes it into my list of all time favorite Hindi movies in recent times.


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