Shekhar Suman has minced no words in lambasting Akshay Kumar’s recent movie Chandni Chowk to China. He not only said that he wasted his money in the movie but also said that Chandni Chowk to China is the worst film ever made in Indian history. He added that the film is not only disappointing and amateurish but offends one’s sensibility as well. He also said that January 16 (the day the film released) should be declared National Mourning in India, as it’s the day cinema died. He also said that Singh Is Kinng was illogical too, but it was at least entertaining. He even went to the extent to say that the film has been shot so amateurishly like a child with a handycam that too banally and that Akshay owes India a national apology. Although many celebrities have lambasted other movies which they did not like but perhaps a lambasting of any movie by a celebrity to this extent was never seen before.
It will go down as the worst film ever made in Indian history. What an utter waste of Rs 400 that I spent on my ticket. I want a refund of all Akshay films that I’ve seen. The film is not just disappointing and amateurish but offends one’s sensibility as well. I don’t think there has been a film as sad or horrible as CC2C this far! I declare January 16 (the day the film released) to be declared National Mourning in India, as it’s the day cinema died. I watched it at Cinemax’s Red Lounge and everyone was hooting and jeering. I am upset with Akshay for doing such a film. He’s lost it after seeing success. Akshay was better when he wasn’t in the race now his brains have turned topsy-turvy. I think Shah Rukh must be having the last laugh Akshay said somewhere that SRK’s not in the race but he (Akki) is already at the finishing line. Singh Is Kinng was illogical too, but it was at least entertaining. CC2C makes David Dhawan look like Satyajit Ray. The film has been shot so amateurishly like a child with a handycam that too banally. I tried to find moments which I could like action, romance, music but couldn’t! I have seen Akshay grow as an actor but he’s terrible in the film. It’s like winning the jackpot, losing it and starting from scratch again. I will migrate from this country if they do! It’s blasphemy to make a sequel. I am sure that the Warner Brothers execs are fighting amongst themselves wondering why they made such a film. I guess Nikhil and Akshay were too involved in the film and lost focus. I wouldn’t know whether to lambast him or run away in embarrassment. Akshay owes India a national apology. From a non-actor, he became such a good one. I had loved him in Namastey London. To give the devil his due, his comic timing in all his earlier films were fantastic, considering comedy is so difficult to do. CC2C is the last film one expected from him!
However, sources tell that a friend of Akshay said
Suman obviously went out of his way to trash it because his son Adhyayan’s film is up for release and he does not want any competition. Competition is good but now it is reaching unhealthy levels in the industry
Abhijeet Sawant’s debut film Lottery recently had its music launch which was attended by Abhijeet as well as the two leading ladies in the movie Rucha Gujrathi and Manisha Kelkar. Abhijeet is better known as the winner of Indian Idol 1 while Rucha Gujrati is better known as a television actress with roles in TV shows Bhabhi and Kkusum. The movie Lottery is also directed by well known televison director Hemant Prabhu and the music is given by Sanjay Pathak. The movie is said to be a romantic thriller but it might also turn out to be a musical to some extent with Abhijeet in the lead role. Lets see if this Television and Reality show crew make it big in the “Big Screen”.
Far below my expectations! Absolutely horrible! I had a lot of expectations from Chandni Chowk to China and I can say that I am highly disappointed. Akshay Kumar told Amitabh Bachchan during the London premiere that leave your brains at home. He also told recently in the movie’s promotion that all movie viewers should leave their brains at home while watching this movie and should watch it like a cartoon film. I just thought it was a joke and certainly this movie would be quite good with all the hype around it. But after watching the movie I would like to ask that if I was so dull to watch a movie like a cartoon then why would I waste my time and money by watching such a worthless movie. Would I not watch Tom and Jerry or any Disney cartoon at home. We can enjoy a movie and have fun but we cannot enjoy a senseless movie which does not have any worthwhile meaning.
This movie is perhaps Akshay’s most expensive movie till now and the movie is produced by one of the biggest Hollywood production houses Warner Bros. There were four international premieres of the movie and it was promoted as the Kung Fu comedy of Bollywood. This movie had the biggest release in US with supposedly 125 prints released all over US. But what were Nikhil Advani and Akshay trying to show to the western Indians. On one hand, a Hollywood director Danny Boyle makes an awesome movie (Slumdog Millionaire) from an Indian subject (with many Bollywood actors) increasing the stature of Bollywood while a Bollywood director Nikhil Advani makes a horrible movie after taking support from a huge Hollywood production house degrading the level of Bollywood. I really expected a lot from this movie and thought it would be an awesome action-comedy and it would be a great opening for Bollywood into the west. But I am really disappointed that this opportunity has been missed completely.
The movie is about Sidhu who lives in Chandni Chowk in Delhi and cuts vegetables and peels potatoes for a living. He prays to Ganpati Bappa to rescue him from such a life and tries different methods to get from his daily drudge. Then he abruptly gets the chance to go to China after two strangers from China claim him to be a reincarnation of their war hero. Then he goes to China where he finds Chopstick (Ranvir Shorey), Hojo (Gordon Liu) and Sakhi (Deepika Padukone). Then the messed up story continues till the end of 2 hours and 45 minutes when you repent for watching the movie. To cut short the movie is meaningless and there is no proper story. The movie has got good action by Bollywood standards but that is not enough to watch a mindless movie which does not even make us laugh. You might still remember the pathetic Salaam-E-Namaste by the same director Nikhil Advani and it seems that he has not improved till now and is till in the Salaam-E-Namaste mode.
Akshay said it in his interviews that the story of the movie was written only after Akshay and Nikhil decided to make the film. Nikhil is supposed to have got Akshay’s Kung Fu style poster got printed which he then showed to Akshay and then they decided to make the movie and write a story around it. But if there was no prior story (which is pathetic) before Akshay signed the movie, still a proper story could have been wrote around it. Akshay has to learn a lot from Aamir still on how to select a script based on a proper story. The writers Shridhar Raghavan and Rajat Aroraa have failed miserably with the movie’s script.
Akshay has done fair enough in the movie but unless you are a die hard Akshay fan I would advise you not to waste money and time on this movie. Instead wait for Slumdog Millionaire and Raaz The Mystery Continues next week which might be much better (Slumdog Millionaire is a million times better for sure). Chandni Chowk to China might do average business due to the movie’s hype. But I would not be surprised if it proves to be a debacle at the box office and 2009 starts with its first big flop.
I would give it a rating of 2/5.
The bold and beautiful Shilpa Shetty has decided to go bald and beautiful now. Would she still look that beautiful without her tress of hair? But it has been announced that Shilpa Shetty will have to let go of her lovely hair for sometime for her role in her upcoming movie “The Desire”. The movie is an Indo-Chinese joint venture and it will be directed by National award winning Malayalam director R. Sarath. It is believed that Shilpa Shetty will shave off her hair for the movie when shooting will start in Kerela this week. It is said to be Shilpa’s most challenging role of her career.
Shilpa Shetty said
I can’t reveal everything about my role. If I tell you everything now, why would you watch the film? But yes, this is by far the most challenging role of my career. It takes me through ten turbulent years of my character’s life. It’s a very intense love story between me and my Chinese co-star, Xia Yu
In the movie, Shilpa will be an Odissi dancer and the other actors in the movie include Anupam Kher, Jaya Prada, Sachin Khedekar, Sheetal Menon and Nakul Vaid. The music will be composed by A R Rahman and the movie should be released by the end of the year. If reports are to be believed it will be dubbed in Chinese too and might also be released in China. (Though only 20 international films are allowed to be released in China in one year).
Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone descended from a hot air balloon at Ambience mall in Gurgaon infront of a large gathering of people to promote their movie Chandni Chowk to China. There were thousands of Akshay fans waiting in the mall to get a glimpse of their superstar. Both Akshay and Deepika are said to have enjoyed the air balloon act very much. Akshay said
I came here sometime back too. At that time about 100-200 people came to see me. And today, I see almost 5,000 people here. I am so overwhelmed. I have no words to say or describe how good I feel
Here are some photos from the same event.
Delhi 6 title song promo featuring Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor. In this song, Sonam transforms into a hot Delhi girl from a conservative girl. The music of this Rakesh Omprakash Mehra (of Rang De Basanti fame) is given by A R Rahman. This new title song is quite different from the older softer numbers of Masakalli and Maula. The song remind a bit of rock music and Delhi 6 might turn out to be another musical hit of A R Rahman.
Aamir Khan’s Ghajini has raked huge amount of money at the box office and has become one of the most successful Bollywood films of all time. So, when the Ghajini team celebrated the second success party of Ghajini after making 200 crores, the producer of the movie Madhu Mantena decided to show his gratitude to Aamir by presenting him a golden statue of Aamir. This statue shows Aamir’s Ghajini look and is made of solid gold. The statue might have cost Madhu about 70 – 80 lakhs though he was not ready to tell the amount spent in the statue. The statue was made similar to the Oscar award statue and also had Aamir’s eight pack Ghajini abs in it. The director A R Murugadoss was also gifted a statue by the producer though it was not of pure gold like Aamir’s.
It has certain amount of other metal to make it malleable. Solid gold wouldn’t allow the identical Ghajini shape to be done in gold. But the idea was to create an Oscar-sized statue exclusively for Ghajini. Aamir knew he was getting a trophy. But he didn’t know it would be golden and with his Ghajini’s look. He was overwhelmed
Now Aamir has accepted this golden statue although he had rejected his wax statue being made at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London in the past. He did not like to be immortalized at Tussauds as he believed that it was not a priority for him. Its a bit difficult to understand Aamir sometimes
Akshay Kumar has rejected the best popular actor award that he recived at the Nokia 15th Annual Star Screen Awards. However, Akshay was in a happy mood when he came with his wife to attend the award function. But later on when he was presented the Best Popular Actor award he refused to accept it saying that Aamir Khan had done much better than him in Ghajini and deserved it. Akshay said that he had watched Ghajini recently and he felt that Aamir Khan had done a lot better than him or any other Bollywood actor this year. He said that he believes that Aamir Khan should have won the award irrespective of the fact that he attends award functions or not.
Akshay Kumar said
It is Aamir Khan who deserves this award. I will request Aamir to accept this award instead of me
However, many people also think that the best actor award won by Hrithik Roshan although Aamir Khan and Akshay were nominated might have hurt him. But everybody appreciated this show of appreciation by Akshay Kumar. Akshay’s gesture was a bit weird but everybody believed that Aamir had done far better than anybody else and deserved to win the best actor award for Ghajini without any doubt.
Akshay Kumar was flying kites on the occasion of Makar Sakranti at the terrace of Roxy Cinema. He was also using this festival as a means of promoting his movie Chandni Chowk to China. There were many special kites with Chandni Chowk to China stills printed on them and Akshay autographed on many of them. He was flying kites himself and he was also helping kids in flying the kites. Akshay did all he could to promote the movie and the movie sustains itself at the box office.
The whole of Bollywood was present at the Nokia 15th Annual Star Screen Awards held in Mumbai. Hrithik Roshan won the best actor for Jodha Akbar while Priyanka Chopra won the best actress for fashion. The best director and best film also went to Jodha Akbar. There were many controversies at the award show too with most people arguing why Aamir Khan and Ghajini did not win any of the top awards except for best debutant female by Asin Thottumkal. Katrina Kaif, Aishwarya Rai, Asin Thottumkal and others were looking gorgeous in their attires.