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Karthik Calling Karthik (2010) and its possible inspirations.

26 May, 2010 | Inspired Movies (Alphabetical) / K

Featuring the talented Farhan Khan as a person in conflict with his own identity, “Karthik Calling Karthik” was a good attempt ruined by its not so convincing climax. The subject was no doubt new for Indian Cinema but it also raised doubts of some western influence on its main storyline.

However, It may or may not be directly inspired by some foreign work, but its theme based on a person receiving calls from his own voice was quite similar to one of the episodes of the Television Series “The New Twilight Zone” with the title “Shatterday” telecast in the year 1985-86.
The episode had Bruce Willis featuring as Peter Jay Novins, who once accidentally calls his own home number by mistake from a bar and then gets greeted by himself speaking on the other side. Here the basic theme revolved around an Alter Ego kind of thing, which later creates many difficulties for the main character. The episode was based on the short story by Harlan Ellison.

Interestingly, there are some other works too mentioned below, quite similar to the subject of a character meeting his own self as the second person.
The original Twilight Series episode “Mirror Image” and “Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room” also revolved around a similar theme.
“The Man Who Haunted Himself” (1970), starring Roger Moore, which was based on the novel “The Strange Case of Mr. Pelham” by Anthony Armstrong, also had a comparable storyline. The story of this novel was adapted for one of the episodes of famous “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” Television Series too.
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26 May 2010 / Comments ( 14 )

The main inspiration for karthik calling karthik,i believe,is the movie fight club.

Bobby Sing

Hi sree,
Thanks for writing in but I dont agree with you as the other references given here are much better and close to KCK's basic theme.

Keep Visiting.....Cheers!

Well I think karthik calling karthik is strongly inspired from fight club because in both movies they created another person in their thoughts which helped them to live the life of a winner :)
Bobby Sing

Dear Basit,
You can say the concept or thought to be close but not inspired.
So lets agree to disagree here.

Thanks for visiting and writing in.


I believe the mechanist could also be am inspiration. I won\'t go into the details, but if you look at the main events of the story ita pretty similar.

Bobby Sing

Hi Niqqa,
Altough I dont remember it in a relating way, but would soon check it again and get back.
Thanks for writing in.

Mujahid Ghalib
Nobody noticed in 2014 Jesse starred in a movie called "The Double" which was exactly like Karthik Calling Karthik.
Bobby Sing

Thanks a lot Mujahid Ghalib for the valuable info.
I will surely check the same and add into the write-up as required.

Keep Visiting and Writing in.


I've watched the complete movie and in no way it seems like its inspired or plagiarized. Not every movie has to be a rip off. This movie gives its own vibes. Ideas maybe similar but I get such kind of ideas in my mind everday so why not a script writer can have 'em? Also, its not something that much rethinkable. 

I felt sad as i got to know that this movie flopped. It's just the problem with the audience. Indians have pretty dumb audience.

Bobby Sing

I repsect your viewpoint Andrew and thanks for writing in.

Sunil Rmp

Hi, I believe that there is an interpretation of this movie which makes the ending more plausible. Here's the interpretation: Karthik actually succeeded in committing suicide at the first half of the movie, when he hears his phone ring for the first time. He had indeed died after living such a harsh life. What follows next is this death dream/purgatory/dmt trip (dmt released in brain after death), in which he lives the life which he wanted to live.

It's like the "occurrence at owl creek bridge" by Bierce. This dream ends with him actually committing suicide. In the ending scene, we see that he gets a call from his psychiatrist wishing him happy birthday, recall that it was his birthday when he was trying to commit suicide during the early part of the movie. Also the solved Rubik's cube in the ending of the scene reflected the solved Rubik's cube near the phone when he first received his call.

I believe that this last part was heaven, the atmosphere, lights and his clothes were shining white (along with the white walls). He had successfully passed his test in the purgatory by remaining truthful even at the direst moments.

Thanks for reading.

Bobby Sing

Your interpretation is indeed interesting and exciting too.
Thanks for writing in details.
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Mitali Prabhu

Loved your intepretation Sunil

Bobby Sing

Thanks for visiting and writing in.

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