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Chandni Chowk to China

  | March 07, 2014 09:48 IST
Chandni Chowk to China
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  • Cast:
    Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Mithun Chakraborty
  • Director:
    Nikhil Advani
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  • Music:
    Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy, Bappi Lahiri
The story of the mild-mannered loser, who discovers his inner strength and destiny through kung fu and transforms into a master has been used over and over again in many kung fu movies. ? Films as diverse as Stephen Chow?s marvelously inventive Kung Fu Hustle to last year?s animated hit Kung Fu Panda have used this formula with great success. ? Nikhil Advani presents the same funda with a little Bollywood twist in Chandni Chowk to China. Since the movie is produced by Rohan Sippy, the twist inevitably echoes Sippy?s classic Sholay and also brings in an identical twins separated at birth angle from Seeta Aur Geeta. ? So, we have a Ramgarah-type village, only this one is in China, terrorized by the mega villain Hojo. ? Two villagers land up in Chandni Chowk, where they mistake the bumbling cook Siddhu, (Akshay Kumar), to be a reincarnation of the great warrior Leu Shing. ? Siddhu, who desperately wants more out of life than just slicing potatoes, goes with them to China and gets thoroughly trashed by Hojo. ? Meanwhile, there?s an angle of a mistaken-identities with two Deepika Padukones - one a sweet, simple model and the other the not so sweet sister Meow Meow. ? Eventually, Siddhu trains and unleashes his inner warrior, who imagines Hojo as a giant potato and decimates him. ? Of course, none of this is meant to be taken seriously. After all, this film started life as a poster. Akshay Kumar loved the visual of him in a Chinese outfit holding the seekh kabab-style swords so much that he signed on. ? The story came after, which in itself is not a bad thing - the blockbuster Pirates of the Carribbean originated from a theme park ride. But in this case, the poster is better than the film. ? Advani and his writer Shridhar Raghavan in an attempt to give us a full-on entertainer sacrificed logic, plausibility, characterisation and even coherence. ? Chandni Chowk to China is so slapdash that it feels like the script was written on the set. There are a few genuinely funny moments, but the inspired lunacy of a Kung Fu Hustle that this project so badly needed is missing. ? Without verve and imagination, any lightweight story cannot soar. It becomes impossibly tedious. ? The unkindest cut is that Advani didn?t even exploit the incredible location. There is one terrific song in the Forbidden City and a few sequences at the Great Wall, but other than that, we have little sense of the landscape. ? The actors try hard to infuse energy into the enterprise but Advani and Raghavan don?t give them much to work with. Even Akshay Kumar?s high beam charm, slick kung fu moves and superb comic timing could not rescue Chandni Chowk to China. This one is for die-hard fans only. Special:Chandni Chowk to China
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