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.
Amitabh Bachchan came as special guest on the London premiere of Akshay Kumar’s Chandni Chowk to China. After the three successful premiere of CC2C at Los Angeles, New York and Toronto the movie had its fourth premiere at the famous Empire theater in Leicester Square, London. The whole of UK is known as a very good market for Indian films and it is said that “there is something Indian in everything in UK”. Anyways UK and India has been associated with each other for hundreds of years and so it is evident that Indian culture and movies would attract them. The crowd at the London premire of Chandni Chowk to China was huge and it was even more special as Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan came to the premiere on Akshay’s request. However, I found Akshay and Deepika’s dressing sense in the London premiere quite funny more so with Akshay’s striped pants.. lol. But they rocked London too and the expectations from Warner Bros film Chandni Chowk to China is increasing manifold after the success of these premieres.
Chandi Chowk to China had its third premiere at Toronto, Canada. Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone and director Nikhil Advani all wore black on the occassion. Akshay’s wife Twinkle accompanied him as she has been doing on all the previous premieres. This was the last premiere of the movie in North America. Chandni Chowk to China is going to become the first Bollywood movie with a huge release in US at par with any Hollywood movie. CC2C has been produced by Warner Bros which is one of the biggest production companies in Hollywood. The next premiere of the movie would be at London.
The second international premiere of Chandni Chowk to China was held at AMC Empire Theater, 234 West 42nd Street, (Between seventh & eight Avenues), New York City, United States on January 8. Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, director Nikhil Advani as well as Akshay’s wife Twinkle were present on the occasion. Akshay’s best friend Toronto-based tycoon Ajay Virmani, lent his luxury 17-seater jet to his friend so that the cast and crew of Chandni Chowk to China can attend all the premieres in North America without any delay. Infact the cast of CC2C stayed for only 35 minutes at LA premiere because they had to move to this New York premiere. These premieres are quite significant too because it is an Warner Bros film and it will release at par with any Hollywood film with 50 prints in the US. The next premiere of the movie would be at AMC Yonge & Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada followed by the London premiere at the famous Empire Theater, Leicester Square, London. Akshay seems to be on a great high this year with his next movie Kambakkht Ishq also an international project with a lot of Hollywood stars.