Posted by: kcgadiyar | January 18, 2009

Chandni Chowk to China: The review

cccWhile coming out of the theatre after watching CC2C, three comments were heard by me while milling in the crowd waiting to go out of the theatre.

“Agar kisi se dushmani hai toh usse is film ki ticket gift karni chahiye”

“Torture ki tarah laga mujhe, Singh is King isse behtar thi”

“Akshay Kumar was so cute na”

No prizes for guessing that the first 2 were uttered by guys and the third by a girl. I am just mentioning these comments because they may be a barometer for judging public opinion towards this film.

On a personal level, this film was a tale of two halves, the first half which had me looking at my watch a grand total of 5 times and the second half which had me thoroughly entertained.

As Gautham rightly pointed out, there was a Kung-FuPanda hangover in this movie. The basic premise of a restaurant worker discovering a higher purpose, training under a master and taking revenge on the villain.

The movie starts off with a flashback explaining to us the situation in a small town in China which is being tormented by Hojo, a bowler hat wearing chinese stereotypical villain. A search for their reincarnated hero, Liu Sheng, leads them to Chandni Chowk in Delhi where Sidhu, a simpleton who is down on his luck and trusts astrologers a bit too much.He works for Mithun Chakraborty who is also his adopted father.

After finding a translator in Chopstick (Ranvir Shorey), Sidhu figure out that the chinese think that he is the reincarnation of Liu Sheng, but Chopstick leaves out the part about killing hojo. On the way, Sidhu is conned by a girl Ms.TSM (Deepika Padukone) who is going to China to pay her respects to her dead father and twin sister, who both turn out to be alive.

Hijinks ensue, Mithun gets killed by the villain, Sidhu is saved by Deepikas father who trains him in Kung Fu and has his own vendetta against Hojo (but does absolutely nothing in the ending scene to help Sidhu in his fight).Needless to say, the day is saved, and the idea for a sequel (Chandni Chowk to Africa) is floated, and we end with an Akshay Kumar music video.

Lets start off by saying that this movie is not going to set the next high watermark for story or performance, but it definitely will for stunts. The fight scenes are brilliantly choreographed and Akshay Kumar looks convincing performing the stunts. In fact, the second half is jam packed with such fight scenes, and that is what makes it so interesting to watch.

As far as performances go, Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and Ranvir Shorey impress. Deepika Padukone wanders through the picture like she didnt get paid for this role and decided not to act, the chinese supporting cast is good.

The music is decent, the medley with different songs when Deepika is trying to seduce Akshay Kumar is well picturised, especially the inside reference to the “Chure ke dil mera” song.

Warner Brothers probably would have liked a better product for their first hindi film, but CC2C will have to do.

All in all, it is decent entertainment, nowhere as bad as what the audience was making it out to be, you can go into the theatre, be entertained and come out. In the end, isn’t that what we watch films for.

Final rating: 2.5/5 , its worth it after the first 45 minutes. Recommended.

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