Karthik Calling Karthik (2010)

Mouse sweet mouse. He stumbles, bumbles, mumbles for as many as four years at a swankyish office. A cross between Rocket Singh and Woody Allen, he writes up a thousand-plus emails but doesn’t send them to the gorgeous woman in that see-through cabin who seems to be doing damn-all.Evidently, this guy’s not headed for any hall of fame or ill-fame. He’s just a crashing bore.

Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone

Yeah but you know the drift.The undermouse is just about to become a Mighty Mouse that roars crores, thanks to director Vijay Lalwani’s Karthik Calling Karthik, in principle an enterprise of potential.In fact, you’re all keyed up for a psycho-thriller which seeks to yoke matters of the heart with a disturbed mind. Dilwala meets Cuckoo? Huh, terrific.

Sorry to say, your high hopes crashland.The effort to get close to the main protagonist’s mind jungle is a bungle.Okay, so he plays around with a Rubik’s Cube.So what?And no distinction is made at all between psycho-analysis and psychiatry.That’s a huge flaw, indicating the director-writer’s shallow understanding of the distinct disciplines.All you get is an over-dolled up shrink, who looks more more serious than a stockbroker reading the year’s budget. She’s quite a giggle, portrayed starchily by the usually bankable Shifaali Shah (her spelling, not mine).Once she plays around with fingers, then she wears a shawl, then she looks utterly distraught.Quite a Freud egg bhurji, she.

To be fair, the screenplay does kick off engrossingly enough, describing the daily beat of meek Karthik (Farhan Akhtar).He deals with a greedy landlord (know any other types?), blends into the workplace woodwork, is terrorised by a beastly boss (Ram Kumar hamming as if he was portraying Idi Amin), and our little mouse also gazes at that see-through cabin woman (Deepika Padukone) the way a kid longs for a lollipop.More: there are those childhood-related, soft-focus nightmares in which his big brother wanted to push him into a well (puhlease).Luck by chance, the big bro plunged and perished himself.Oh well, a vague allusion, this, to Hollywood’s Ordinary People.

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