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 Farhan Akhtar takes a life-changing call in “Karthik calling Karthik.”




“Karthik Calling Karthik”: Starring Farhan Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor, Shefali Shah; directed by Vijay Lalwani; music by Shankar, Ehsaan, and Loy.

This suspenseful romantic journey tells the story of a shy introvert named Karthik, played by director-turned-actor Farhan Akhtar. Karthik lacks confidence and is miserable at his ordinary job where his boss treats him poorly. He is secretly in love with an exuberant beautiful colleague Shonali, played by Deepika Padukone, who doesn’t even know he exists. Karthik has accepted his boring life, when suddenly, one night this fortune turns. He gets a phone call from a man claiming to be Karthik, who says he can change his life. Karthik’s life slowly transforms as the phone becomes his guide, friend and guardian. Most importantly, it leads him closer to Shonali. The director says the movie is about never giving up and changing for the better. The soundtrack features some soulful songs from hit-makers Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy.  



Sir Ben Kingsley gambles with Amitabh Bachchan in “Teen Patti.”






“Teen Patti”: Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ben Kingsley, R. Madhavan, Raima Sen, Saira Mohan, Dhruv Ganesh, Shraddha Kapoor, Siddharth Kher, Vaibhav Talwar; directed by Leena Yadav; music by Salim-Sulaiman.


Set in India and England, this intriguing thriller stars Ben Kingsley as Perci Trachtenberg, a great mathematician, and Amitabh


 Bachchan as Venkat, a reclusive math genius. Venkat has a theory he believes could redefine the principles of probability and randomness. An ambitious young professor named Shantanu, played by Madhavan convinces Venkat to test his theory in the real world. With the help of some students, they explore several gambling venues. A series of slick escapades follow and secrets are revealed as the groups’ lives sink into chaotic desperation. After a tragedy and an investigation that may destroy careers, the story moves back to a London casino. Perci brings the film to a conclusion with a surprising redemption. The makers call this a modern film about the private equations of honor and change and knowledge that can change the world.




 Paresh Rawal visits Konkana Sen Sharma and Ajay Devgan in “Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge.”


“Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge” Starring Ajay Devgan, Konkana Sen Sharma, Paresh Rawal; directed by Ashwni Dhir; music by Pritam.


This comedy is about a happy young family whose lives take an interesting turn when a distant relative arrives and overstays his welcome. Ajay Devgan is Puneet, a writer who lives with his wife and young son in a cozy Mumbai flat. After struggling in television land, he has landed his big break and will soon be writing a film. He and his family are thrilled but, after the arrival of his long lost uncle, his life starts spiraling out of control. Konkana Sen Sharma plays his wife, Munmun, an interior designer, who is sweet and accommodating with high family values. When their quirky guest becomes unbearable, she must put her foot down. Paresh Rawal is Chachaji – eccentric, unpredictable and opinionated but also warm and loving. Chachaji has no idea of the plans being calculated to hasten his departure. The director says it’s a simple story that will make you smile, laugh and cry but also will make you think.


-- Compiled by SHEPHALI J. RELE



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