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CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA

Siddhu, a lowly cook in Bombay meets a group of Chinese elders who mistakenly informs that he is the chosen one, a reincarnation of their greatest hero. However, he was not informed that their town in China is beset by a vicious foreign druglord, Takeshi. Along the way, his path gets entwined with the beautiful Miss Tele Shopping Network, Sakhi. Sidhu has the fire of revenge in his belly to find the one man who will make him a Kungfu expert and set the village free.

Language: Hindi
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 15 Jan 2009
Genre: Action / Comedy
Running Time: 2 Hours 34 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Akshay Kumar
Director: Nikhil Advani
Format: NA

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Review
Writer: Janak

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Watch this if you liked: “Singh Is Kinng”, “Forbidden Kingdom”, “Drunken Master”

With great expectations on "Chandni Chowk To China", it's disheartening for one to discover that the movie is a downhill affair and also one of the worst Hindi movies in recent times.

Bankable new star Akshay Kumar, who plays lead role Sidhu is totally wasted here. He displays some amusing kung fu skills but his comic timing is totally out. What was he thinking when he accepted the role? Female lead Deepika Padukone in a double role has two times the chance to shine but doesn't deliver anything either. Another minor character played by Ranvir Shorey also looks very weird, not to mention the accents he speaks in.

The consolation comes from three old timers, Mithun Chakravarthy, who plays Akshay's godfather, Dada, contributed some meaningful scenes, while Gordon Liu of "Kill Bill" fame) plays the fearsome villain Hojo wonderfully. Roger Yuen of "Shanghai Noon" trying his best to speak Hindi can be very funny too.

However, on the whole, Nikhil Advani, the director who helmed "Kal Ho Na Ho" and "Salaam-E-Ishq", has entirely lost his touch. Maybe he should return to Karan Johar's camp. With a nowhere plot, the movie simply doesn't stick because there are no actual stories, not to mention that the visual effects are nearing cartoon playfulness and the songs are nowhere close to standard. One might be reminded a little of "Drunker Master", "Forbidden Kingdom" or even "Rundown" but this movie isn't on the same level at all.

Music director Shankar Ehsan Loy (who blazed last year's "Rock On") is caught uninspired this time. The audience is asked to listen to the same theme over and over again. As for cinematography, one might get to see a lot of The Great Wall and other historical sites of China but nothing is truly outstanding.

It's fair to say that "Chandni Chowk" tries a little too hard and ends up being utterly disappointing. Perhaps the kids may enjoy it but the adults will be waiting for him to go to Africa in next year's sequel to see if that's going to be any better.

Cinema Online, 20 January 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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