Friday, January 16, 2009



So here comes the first biggie of the New Year 2009, much awaited CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA (CC2C). Akshay Kumar during all his promotional visits has rightly urged his fans to leave their brains at home while watching his movie.

Rightly said Akshay, although you have once again give your best in the film, but director Nikhil Advani and story writers lets us down. In trying to make a Masala film, he has ended up in making a mess or I will say KHICHDI, with no taste. Although the film has everything right from comedy to action to drama, but when I came out of the theatre, I was not satisfied, something was missing, which I felt in Akshay’s last film SINGH IS KINNG also, that’s an another story that it was a big hit.

Coming on to story, film is all about Sidhu (Akshay Kumar) who makes his earnings by cutting vegetables in a Dhaba based in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. He instead of working hard believes in short cuts, roadside astrologers, which becomes a worry for his Dada (Mithun Chakraborty), who is like a father to him.

A twist in Film takes him to China, where he lands up in a village run by brutal smuggler Hojo [Gordon Liu]. On his way he meets Sakhi (Deepika Padukone), who is going to China to pay homage her dead father, and also meet her twin Meow (Deepika in Double Role). Again the story leads to Hojo killing Dada and now we are left up to watch Akshay taking revenge with Hojo, usual Bollywood style. He learns us Kung Fu and Martial arts with some thrilling training sequences in the 2nd half of the film. Also, sequences of GREAT WALL OF CHINA are well captured.

As far as action is considered, kids may like the martial arts, but the problem is that they have been so much brought up on Jackie Chan movies that the action in CC2C may not excite them. Also we are also so used to Akshay sense of comedy and his comic expressions that even in serious scenes, we can’t stop laughing. Moreover, humour in action sequences spoils the fun and thrill.

The music of the film is disappointing with no soft hummable song in it. As far as direction is considered, Nikhil Advani has miserable failed us after his good show in Kal Ho Na Ho and Salaam-E-Ishq. He had everything with him to show to audience, Akshay’s comedy, Kung Fu action, big banner, but somehow fails to do justice and ends up in a mess. The story and script is pathetic and senseless.

Hats off to Akshay to carry the film on his shoulders all alone. The film will surely take a big opening courtesy Akshay, lets see how it fares in the weeks to follow.

Deepika has done justice to her roles, Mithun & Ranvir are wasted in the film.

It’s a big surprise how Gordon Liu agreed to do this film, may be due to Warner Bros, who has for the first time taken a dip in a Bollywood Production.

Overall, despite all the big names behind him, i.e. Akshay, Warner Bros, Ramesh Sippy, Gordon Liu etc., Nikhil Advani has served a terrible Chinese cum Bollywood Masala, which is not upto the expectations.

Let’s wish that film does well and relieves pressure on Akshay’s shoulders, which were burdened by the success of SRK’s RAB NE BAN DI JODI & Aaamir’s GHAJINI.

Photo Courtesy : CC2C official site

: Warner Bros, R S Entertainment, Orion Pictures
Released on : January 16, 2008
Language : Hindi
Genre : Action & Comedy
Producer : Ramesh Sippy, Rohan Sippy & Mukesh Talreja
Director : Nikhil Advani
Star Cast :
Akshay Kumar - Siddhu Sharma
Deepika Padukone - Sakhi & Meow
Mithun Chakraborty – Dada
Ranvir Shorey – Chopstick
Gordon Liu - Hojo
Roger Yuan – Chiang (Deepika’s father)
Music on : T-Series
Music by : Shankar Mahadevan, Bappi Lahiri, Bappa Lahri, Loy Mendonca, Kailash Kher, Ehsaan Noorani, Bohemia, Paresh, Naresh
Singers : Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghosal, Kailash Kher, Neeraj Shridhar, Bappi Lahiri, Anushka Manchandani, Ravi Khanwilkar, Akshay Kumar & Bohemia
Cinematography : Himman Dhamija & V Manikanandan
Choreography : Pony Verma
Story : Sridhar Raghavan & Rajat Arora

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