It must be said that he takes giant strides when it comes to acting. He conveys the anxiety, simplicity and frailty of Karthik even when the script isn't doing it for him. Perhaps it's his innate filmmaker instinct. He makes a remarkable switch in his character from being socially challenged to self-assured. He never imposes himself above the script and remains subtle and sincere through his act. The story throws several challenges at him and fortunately, he emerges trumps in the most difficult moments. This is, by far, his best work.
Deepika on the whole looks every bit of the unattainable dream Karthik envisions her to be, she doesn't hold a single scene on her own. Whether she's cautiously lighting a cigarette, robotically slapping the office jerk in Del Italia or scoffing at Karthik's confessions, all you really see is, well, nothing. Though she is one of the most confident actresses of present times and so sometimes she glides through her role as smoothly as her persona. She finally seems to be thawing in front of a camera. Overall she looks bewitching and acts natural throughout.
3 / 5