Movie Cast: Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Gordon Liu, Ranvir Shorey and others; Director: Nikhil Advani; Rating: 2 out of 5.

Chandni Chowk To ChinaIf you thought mindlessness had seen extremes, you have to see Chandni Chowk To China to understand what levels that can go to. For anything else you don’t really need to disturb yourself and your bank balance for this so-called Indian international venture. We will discuss the whys, but first let’s tell you, CC2C is waste bin material, something that isn’t worth your money and time.

As the film started, all the humongous expectations we had carried along, which were a result of some splendid promotional campaigns, seemed to jump out of the exit doors. Reason – an absolutely tacky start. And this was followed by some desperate attempts to make a hilarious beginning.

We have a bunch of villagers setting out to find their ancient savior, who has apparently reborn in India. The villagers intend to get this great soul back to China to save them from the evil Hojo (Gordon Liu) who is making these people work in the mines to get diamonds and rewarding them with cruel deaths. They stumble upon Sidhu (Akshay Kumar), a vegetable cutter in Chandni Chowk and decide he is the one. Wonder how that realisation dawned on the villagers. It didn’t make sense to us! From there on are a zillion unwanted scenes and songs pushing the story, till Sidhu understands that he needs to believe in himself and finally fights it out with the villain. A twin-sister sob story is pushed into the plot too. And what we get is a mixture of eighties films like Mr Natwarlal and the inspirational Kungfu Panda. Only, this time two positives combine to make a huge negative!

Akshay KumarThe only things that work in CC2C are – dialogues, camerawork and Gordon Liu. And yes, to some extent a couple of songs (rest are trash too). The dialogues are new and funny, cinematography clear and Gordon Liu cool. If you intend to watch some high voltage Chinese films, action we mean, then rent a Chinese movie. This is nowhere near those.

Out of the entire 2 hours 30 minutes duration of the movie, you might enjoy some ten minute sequence where Sidhu trains in Kung Fu. But then that’s only if you survive the first half and manage not to walk out of the theatre by intermission. Or just go into a deep slumber over your popcorn tub, which you would have bought to outdo boredom!

Performance wise, Akshay Kumar is good. Deepika does much better than Bachna Ae Haseeno. Ranvir Shorey oscillates between good and bad. Mithun is good in his short role. Gordon Liu impresses as we have already mentioned.

Chandni Chowk To China falls high and dry of expectations. And this film somewhat cements some opinion that Kal Ho Naa Ho was more a success because of Karan Johar than Nikhil Advani. The director surely needs to brush up his story telling, and stop falling in love with his own stories. This is certainly not the film which would mark Indian mainstream films’ entry onto world stage. Dumb-lore!

Source: Sanskriti Media

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