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Karthik Calling Karthik

Promotional poster for the film
Directed by Vijay Lalwani
Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani
Farhan Akhtar
Written by Vijay Lalwani
Starring Farhan Akhtar
Deepika Padukone
Ram Kapoor
Shefali Shah
Vipin Sharma
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Distributed by Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Release date(s) 26 February 2010
Running time 155 Minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Karthik Calling Karthik is a Hindi language film, written and directed by Vijay Lalwani and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under the banner of Excel Entertainment. The film stars Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. Ram Kapoor and Shefali Shah play supporting roles in the film.[1] The film's music was composed by the trio of Shankar Ehsaan Loy, while the background score was composed by Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale.



Karthik (Farhan Akhtar) is an introvert who lacks confidence in dealing with everyday life situations and feels trapped in his average job at a construction company, that produces even lesser than average results. Shonali (Deepika Padukone) is a co-worker at Karthik's company.

Karthik’s boss Kamath (Ram Kapoor) and landlord treat him extremely negatively, often humiliating and disrespecting him, and Karthik has to put up with these insults on a daily basis purely on account of his inability to counter them strongly. Shonali, on the other hand, portrays for Karthik, an independent, classy and confident woman, who remains unaware of his secret love for her, much less his existence even though he's worked at the company for close to 4 years. Karthik attempts to email her his feelings very regularly, but on each occasion, stops himself and saves the mails in his Drafts folder.

After being derided by his boss yet again, he figures that his life can’t get any better and decides to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills. At the exact moment that he is about to consume the sleeping pills, the phone rings and a stranger, having the same voice as him, tells him that he is also Karthik , and that he is his well wisher. By and by, Karthik finds that this stranger can exactly locate his psyche, state of mind and emotional levels and come up with solutions that can make things better. The caller convinces him that he has the ability to change him, if he strictly follows his guidelines. The caller expressly tells Karthik that he should not mention his phone conversations to anyone, lest he will be perceived as mentally ill. Karthik agrees to keep the phone conversations to himself.

Gradually these phone conversations become his life guide. His chats take place every morning at 5:00 am and the caller provides advice on every problem that arises in Karthik's life. The caller keeps a close eye on his life, guides him to become a successful man and win his secret love, Shonali and eventually enables him to bring color to his otherwise monotonous and unremarkable existence.

Who calls him is mystery,so go and figure it out


Actor Role
Farhan Akhtar Karthik
Deepika Padukone Shonali Mukherjee
Ram Kapoor Raj Kamath
Vivan Bhatena Ashish
Vipin Sharma Karthik's landlord
Yatin Karyekar Karthik's boss at Cochin
Shefali Shah Dr.Kapadia
Umesh Tonpe as an Office Friend


  • Director: Vijay Lalwani
  • Producer: Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani
  • Associate Producers: Amit Chandra and Vijay Lalwani
  • Editor: Aarti Bajaj
  • Writer: Vijay Lalwani
  • Sound Design: Baylon Fonseca
  • Costumes: Niharika Khan
  • Executive Producer: Miriam Joseph
  • Publicity Designers: Rahul Nanda and Himanshu Nanda
  • Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • Background Score: Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale
  • Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
  • Cinematography: Sanu Varghese


In an effort to prepare for his role as loner introvert Karthik, Farhan Akhtar isolated himself at home and school and turned off his phone.[2] He also learned to solve the Rubik's Cube, an activity which his character completes in only one try.[3]


The film was released on 26 February 2010.

Critical reception

The film has received average critical reception with it receiving 6.0/10 at ReviewGang [4] Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India rated it 3.5 out of 5, calling it "immensely watchable, purely for the class act by Farhan Akhtar in the title role".[5] Desi Hits gave 3.5 out of 5, saying that "Karthik Calling Karthik" to all because it is a unique movie with an interesting twist. Our hero and heroine perform outstandingly and all the supporting cast is quite commendable too."[6] Noyon Jyoti Parasara of also gave it a thumbs up and rated it 3 out of 5. He wrote, "The film certainly gives us one director in Vijay Lalwani whose work we could look forward to as he shows his potential in this film. ".[7]

Shweta Parande of gave a rating of 3.5 out of 5, by applauding the cast and crew for their performances and their efforts on building up the story as a team.[8] IndiaGlitz gave a 3 out of 5, concluding "Go but with an open mind."[9]

The Times of India - 3.5/5 stars [1] Navbharat Times: 3/5 stars[2] AOL: 3/5 stars[3]

Box office

Karthik Calling Karthik performed moderately well at the box office, despite the presence of two other films - My Name Is Khan, which was running in its third weekend, and Teen Patti, which released simultaneously. It grossed INR 27.5 million net on its first day of release. The film has done better at high end multiplexes enabling the film to have average collections on its first day.KCK did a net business of approximately Rs 110 million (Rs 11 crore) at the box office in India in four days[10].After first week, The film grossed 13,39,00,000.[11]


Karthik Calling Karthik
Studio album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Genre Film soundtrack
Label T-Series
Producer Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
Professional reviews
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
My Name Is Khan
Karthik Calling Karthik

The music is composed by the composer-trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics is penned by Javed Akhtar

Track # Song Singer(s) Duration
1 Uff Teri Adaa Alyssa Mendonsa & Shankar Mahadevan 5:06
2 Hey Ya! Clinton Cerejo, Shankar Mahadevan 4:17
3 Jaane Ye Kya Hua KK 4:10
4 Kaisi Hai Yeh Udaasi Kailash Kher & Sukanya Purayastha 6:07
5 Karthik Calling Karthik Suraj Jaggan, Shankar Mahadevan, Caralisa Monteiro 3:11
6 Karthik 2.0 MIDIval Punditz, Karsh Kale 4:15
7 Uff Teri Adaa (Remix) Alyssa Mendonsa, Shankar Mahadevan & Loy Mendonsa 4:06
8 Hey Ya! (Remix) Clinton Cerejo, Shankar Mahadevan 5:17
9 Karthik Calling Karthik Theme Remix MIDIval Punditz, Karsh Kale 3:11

Though the album did not receive overwhelming response from critics, the album, especially Uff Teri Adaa created waves [12] and topped the charts.[13]. At the box office, music had an impact in the opening of the film, as it got bigger opening than it's competitor Teen Patti.[14].


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