Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 15 mins

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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 own, 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.
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Cast: Deepika Padukone, Farhan Akhtar

Crew: Vijay Lalwani (Director), Sanu John Varughese (Director of Photography), Ehsaan Noorani (Music Director), Loy Mendonsa (Music Director), Shankar Mahadevan (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Drama, Romance, Thriller

Release Dates: 26 Feb 2010 (India)

Hindi Name: कार्तिक कालिंग कार्तिक

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Did you know? Farhan Akhtar's character in the film is apparently shown to be solving Rubik's cube throughout the film. For one scene, he was even required to be shown solving the game in one go. Read More
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as Shonali Mukherjee
as Karthik Narayan
Supporting Actor
as Bank clerk
as Bellboy at hotel
as Customer in courier office
as Telephone exchange clerk
as Man serving drinks at club
as Hotel receptionist
as Peon at ACL Office
as Hair stylist
as Kamath
as ACL security guard / Pawn shop clerk
as Dr Shweta Kapadia
as Young Karthik
as Young Kumar
as Neelu Didi
as Ticket collector on train
as Old lady neighbor in Cochin
as Old man at ticket counter
as Colleague at ACL
as Milkman
as Landlord
as Ashish
as Yateen Karyekar


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Executive Producer
Associate Producer
Line Producer


Story Writer
Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Sound Editor
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Casting Director

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Makeup and Hair

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Post Production Supervisor
Film Type:
Feature Film
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Music Label: T-Series
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Factual Mistake
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.
In an effort to create a more realistic performance for the movie by enriching his acting with the thoughts and emotions of his character, Farhan Akhtar had suddenly withdrawn into a shell, consciously trying to distance himself from the people around, during the course of the film's shooting. Since the part required him to be a lonely brooder Farhan (who is known to be utterly gregarious and accessible) switched off his phone and became almost inaccessible to the world outside. Friends found Farhan's behavior strange since usually he is so reachable and cheerful. For his role, Farhan said "It was the nature of the character I was playing. He's a guy lost in his world. So I was making an effort to isolate myself. Lately I've just been switching off from the world for the sake of my character.If you want to call it method acting, so be it."

Farhan Akhtar's character in the film is apparently shown to be solving Rubik's cube throughout the film. For one scene, he was even required to be shown solving the game in one go.

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.

Some of the scenes will be shot in Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Movie Connection(s):
References: Banaras (Hindi)
References: Samasthakeralam P.O. (Malayalam)
Referenced in: Material (English)
Referenced in: Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (Tamil)
Features: Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. (Hindi)