Karthik Calling Karthik is a 2010 Bollywood psychological action movie, written and directed by Vijay Lalwani and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under the banner of Reliance Big Pictures and Excel Entertainment. Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone play key roles in the film. In the film, Ram Kapoor and Shefali Shah play supporting roles. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composed the film’s soundtrack, while MIDIval Punditz and Karsh Kale composed the film’s background score.
The episode was based on a Harlan Ellison short tale. However, it may or may not have been directly influenced by some foreign work, but its premise of a guy receiving calls from his own voice was very similar to one of the episodes of ‘The New Twilight Zone’ with the title ‘Shatterday,’ which aired in 1985-86.
Farhan Akhtar separated himself at home and school and turned off his phone in order to prepare for his role as solitary introvert Karthik. He also learned how to solve the Rubik’s Cube, which his character does in one attempt.
Karthik At the box office, Calling Karthik was a mediocre success. On a budget of 20 crore Rupees (US$2.7 million), it made 18.75 crore Rupees (US$2.5 million) in India and 5.1 crore Rupees (US$680,000) overseas, for a total of 28.22 crore Rupees (US$3.7 million) worldwide.
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