Is Farhan Akhtar the new face of urban cinema that is characterized by its ability to provoke the urban neo-riche audience to put their sensibilities into perspective? It all started with ROCK ON, followed by LUCK BY CHANCE and now KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK is another approach to unplug the urban nuances with which the present urban class is besotted with.
It is also a common motif in the Indian cinema that if one is playing the role of a loser, then there would indeed be an alter ego, either portrayed through his double role, or through his psychological voice, may be to underline the fact that though the main character may be a loser, he is not as he has an alter ego, who provides tips on winning. KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK is different in the sense that the character of alter ego has been given a new edge, the alter ego seeking revenge.
Farhan Akhtar may not have thought that he could become a successful actor, but the consummate passion that he has brought into his acting in the double roles that he has enacted in KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK, is a challenge for directors of urban cinema with difference to consider him for future roles as he has carved a niche for himself and affirmed it with KCK.
Farhan Akhtar through his cinematic oeuvre has been an advocate about the losers or the aimless wanderers, be it through LAKSHYA, DIL CHAHTA HAI, ROCK ON, or for that matter LUCK BY CHANCE and now KCK. The difference lies in the manner in which he treats the losers, by injecting a revolutionary turn around in their characters and makes them the winner in the end.
KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK is also a telling comment on the manner in which the communication devises have become an integral part of our existence and how life cannot be construed outside their interference. It is after a long time that a mainstream female actor has picked up smoking on the screen as a part of her character and Deepika Padukone has been convincing in the role of a smoker.
New Year for the Hindi cinema has indeed begun on a positive note and it is only hoped that more such films would be on offer that would make the audience sit up and take notice.