Every Friday, new films compete for viewers' attention in Bollywood's erratic film industry. Box office success is frequently elusive in this industry. One such fateful day was February 26, 2010, when two films, "Karthik Calling Karthik" and "Teen Patti," clashed at the box office. The star-studded cast of "Teen Patti" helped the movie do slightly better even though both failed to find an audience. In this piece, we'll examine the causes of these films' underwhelming performances and discover why 'Teen Patti' couldn't be saved from being dubbed a failure by the presence of a larger star cast.
Vijay Lalwani was the director of the psychological suspense film "Karthik Calling Karthik". Farhan Akhtar played the title role in the movie, Karthik Narayan, a socially awkward and introverted young man with a routine job in construction. When he begins getting enigmatic phone calls from someone posing as Karthik himself, his life takes an absurd turn. Karthik receives the caller's assistance in becoming a self-assured and prosperous person, but there is a cost.
Deepika Padukone played Karthik's love interest Shonali in the movie, and Shefali Shah played a psychiatrist named Dr. Kapadia. "Karthik Calling Karthik" struggled to engage the audience despite a compelling premise and an impressive cast, and this disconnect was reflected in the film's box office performance.
Leena Yadav's "Teen Patti," on the other hand, was a high-stakes drama. The protagonist of the movie was Amitabh Bachchan's character Venkat Subramaniam, a reclusive mathematician who discovers a revolutionary theory for winning at the card game Teen Patti. In order to test his theory in actual gambling situations, he gathers a group of brilliant students, among them a young and enthusiastic Ben Kingsley (played by Ben Kingsley himself).
The movie had a stellar cast that included R. Madhavan, Shraddha Kapoor, and Siddharth Kher in addition to Bachchan and Kingsley. Amitabh Bachchan, a legendary actor in Indian cinema, was present, giving "Teen Patti" a significant boost in star power.
Despite having very different stories and casts, "Karthik Calling Karthik" and "Teen Patti" suffered the same fate at the box office, failing to connect with viewers and ending up being financial disasters.
In Bharat, "Karthik Calling Karthik" made about 24 crores INR in revenue, a pitiful amount given the film's budget and audience expectations. There were many reasons for its failure. First off, the movie's marketing effort fell short of expectations by failing to create enough buzz. Second, despite being intriguing, the psychological thriller genre at the time only had a small following in India. Finally, despite Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone giving excellent performances, some viewers were confused and unsatisfied by the film's unconventional plot.
"Teen Patti" was able to perform a little better, bringing in about 32 crores INR at the Indian box office. Despite the film's all-star cast, this performance was by no means up to par. One might be perplexed as to why a movie starring Amitabh Bachchan and Sir Ben Kingsley couldn't capitalise on their star power and become a huge success.
Lack of a Strong Script: The scripts for both films were weak, which was one of the main reasons why they failed. While the concept of "Karthik Calling Karthik" was intriguing, the way it was carried out left much to be desired, especially when it came to how the supernatural aspects of the story were handled. The predictable plot of "Teen Patti," in contrast, made it difficult to keep the audience's attention.
Unsuccessful Marketing: Both films lacked the successful marketing that is essential to a movie's success. While "Teen Patti" was unable to convincingly communicate its unique selling points outside of its star cast, "Karthik Calling Karthik" was unable to excite viewers.
Limitations in terms of genre: Both films were from subgenres that were not widely popular in Bollywood at the time. "Karthik Calling Karthik" explored psychological thriller elements, but the general public preferred action films and conventional love stories. With its emphasis on mathematics and gambling, "Teen Patti" struggled to draw a large audience due to its niche appeal.
Critical Reception: The films' chances at the box office were further hampered by unfavourable reviews from critics. Even though a star-studded cast can occasionally help a movie get by on bad reviews, it couldn't save these films.
On February 26, 2010, "Karthik Calling Karthik" and "Teen Patti" clashed, serving as a timely reminder that a movie's success is not dependent solely on its star power. Similar issues, such as weak scripts, subpar marketing, and genre restrictions, plagued both films. Due to its impressive cast, "Teen Patti" performed a little bit better, but it couldn't avoid the moniker of a box office failure.
The fate of a movie ultimately depends on a number of things, including its script, marketing plan, genre, and audience response. Bollywood's "Karthik Calling Karthik" and "Teen Patti" serve as cautionary tales, informing filmmakers that success calls for more than just a star-studded cast; it also calls for a gripping narrative and persuasive advertising to win over the audience.