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Chandni Chowk to China – movie review

Akshay Kumar & Deepika Padukone star in a Bollywood Kungfu comedy


Chandni Chowk to China, movie review

Chandni Chowk to China, the first ever Bollywood Kungfu comedy takes you on a madcap journey from the by-lanes of Chandni Chowk in Delhi to Shanghai, the Great Wall and rural China, marrying in its wake hilarious gaga, breathtaking action, spectacular locations and heart stirring emotions.

Our protagonist Sidhu (Akshay Kumar) is the lowest on the totem pole, cutting vegetables at a road side food stall in Chandni Chowk in Delhi. He longs to escape his dreary existence and look for shortcuts – with astrologers, tarot readers and fake fakirs – basically believing anything except himself, despite his father figure Dada’s (Mithun Chakravorty) best efforts. Chandni Chowk to China movie review…

His redeeming moment arrives when two strangers from China claim him as a reincarnation of a war hero in the past and take him to China. Sidhu now dreams of wine, women and a princely existence in foreign lands. Thanks to the devious translator, a conman by the name Chopstick (Ranvir Shorey), little does he know that he is being taken to the promised land to rid the Chinese village of the vicious smuggler Hojo (Gordon Liu) !

So Sidhu blissfully sets forth to China with Chopstick who instigates dreams of a delicious future and forgets to reveal the perils which await him. Along the way he meets Sakhi (Deepika Padukone), Ms. Tele Shoppers Media (Ms TSM) who has embarked on a journey to pay homage to the land of her birth and her dead father and twin.

Initially Sidhu, through a series of lucky coincidences manages to sidestep being beaten by Hojo’s men, but finally Hojo catches up with him and exposes him as the country buffoon that he really is. Sidhu has the fire of revenge in his belly and finds the one man who will make him a Kung-fu expert and set the village free. Armed with his Sifu’s (master), faith in himself and the love of the fair Sakhi, Sidhu sets forth to conquer all !

Akshay Kumar’s performance is commendable in this film which is way below expectations and a major disappointment. There are couple of scenes in the movie which surely tickles your funny bone to the core! But, the way the story drags and too many coincidences gets you on your nerves.

Everything is hilarious and fast and furious in the first half of Chandni Chowk to China. Some of the sequences of China are quite beautiful. Deepika Padukone is stunning in some dance numbers.

The Indian girl Deepika Padukone is okay, while the sexy Chinese girl Deepika is impressive. Gordon Liu is decent. Ranvir Shorey is just wasted , so is our Mithunda. Roger Yuan is Deepika’s father in Chandni Chowk to China.

Cast of Chandni Chowk to China:
Sidhu – Akshay Kumar
Sakhi / Suzy – Deepika Padukone
Dada – Mithun Chakraborty
Hojo – Gordon Liu
Chopstick – Ranvir Shorey
Inspector Chiang Kohung – Roger Yuan
Mrs. Kohung – Kiran Juneja
Wong – Jun Li
Han – Chang En Lu
Joey – Conan Stevens

Credits & Crew of Chandni Chowk to China:
Produced by Ramesh Sippy, Rohan Sippy, Mukesh Talreja
Directed by Nikhil Advani
Written by Shridhar Raghavan
Original Music by Bohemia, Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Dialogues – Rajat Arora dialogue
Lyrics – Bohemia , Kailash Kher
Cinematography – Himman Dhamija, Manikandan
Film Editing – Aarif Sheikh
Casting by Mo Lan
Costume Design by Jaimal Odedra
Line Producers – Roopa De Choudhury, Sally Yeh, Kulthep Narula, Ravi Sarin
Assistant Directors – Gaurav Chawla, Aditya Basu, Rukhshida David, Sabrina Khan, Karan Shah, Devanshu Kumar
Stunts Director – Huan-Chiu Ku
Singers – Shreya Ghoshal, Neeraj Shridhar, Ravi Khanvilkar, Kailash Kher, Shankar Mahadevan, Anushka Manchandani,
Lyrics – Shaily Shailendra
Choreographer – Pony Verma
Chandni Chowk to China, movie review