Writer: JanakWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: 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