Karthik calling me... in the second half!
Wish it didn't take half the film to set up the premise. Wish you didn't have to wait out a very mediocre pre-interval, left wondering if this was a very staged 'Choti Si Baat' with a bouquet of cardboard characters and cliches around Karthik. Wish there was more of what the Phoney Karthik actually said, to train and trigger the transformation.
But that's only till u get to the interval. After u've got ur popcorn, the film picks up pace and you're intrigued. You can guess the 'what' and the 'why, but the hook is in the 'how'. On the whole - innovative, nice moments between farhan and deepika, good chemistry, some smart and fresh one liners. The music score complements the narrative. And though, the production design is enviable, the cinematography stark and beautiful, sometimes it's too well framed & structured for the story... too staged almost like a sanitised space where karthik is your lab rat. Would have liked some mayhem & distortion... but Im not complaining!
Ohh... yes, Farhan has pulled it off again...almost. You like him most of the time, except initially when u feel his 'gullibility' is a little forced... a set-up of what's to come. Deepika is gorgeous and expressive. The peripheral characters unfortunately, are quite 2D... perhaps as a foil to Karthik... not sure that works.
But if Karthik's calling, go pick up the phone, atleast once :)