Overall Rating: 1.66/ 5
AlsoTry: Chandni Chowk To China Trailers
(From all the reviews across the web)
List of Chandni Chowk To China Reviews
Showing 9 reviews
Ratings: 1.5/5 Reviewer: Taran Adarsh Site:Indiafm
Nikhil Advani pays homage to Ramesh Sippy’s movies by merging SHOLAY and SEETA AUR GEETA. But this concoction called CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA is as bland as khichdi. On the whole, CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA is a brilliant opportunity gone appallingly wrong. The film falls way below expectations and is a major disappointment in all respects. At the box-office, the hype might translate into a bountiful weekend, that’s it. Thumbs down!
Chandni Chowk To China is a big, bloated misadventure of a movie with a string of set pieces instead of a plot. There are too many gags, too many action scenes, too many item songs, and too much of everything, in fact. The film’s biggest crime, if you ask me, is that it’s an exercise in excess.
The trouble with Chandni Chowk to China (CC2C) is its toothless story that barely traces the transition of a low brow vegetable chopper from paranthe wali galli to the Great Wall of China, where he is mistaken as a lost messiah, Liu Sheng. Somewhere in the tamasha, Akshay confesses he doesn’t care if he was Liu Sheng or a macchar (mosquito) in his last birth. Frankly, my dear, even we wouldn’t give a damn! Maybe Drona would.
Hai hai, Hindi-Chini bye bye. Out there at the Great Wall of China, there’s a bizarre beggar who laughs lustily like a hyena. Meanwhile, his lost-and-still-not-found daughter Meow Meow sings like a mynah. And it’s all because of a Mr Sidhu (no relative to Navjot) who keeps going blah, blah, blah till you want to beg, “Hey dude, bas ab ja, ja.” More ho-ham here than ha ha.Deepika Padukone looks fairly good, acts fairly bad. As for Akshay Kumar, his I’m-so-cute bumpkin formula (Namaste London, Singh is Kinng) has become a mammoth, over-the-top bore. Please quit hamming.
But the film itself can’t quite decide whether to be a massively over-the-top bit of masala (like Kumar’s own vaguely enjoyable Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi) or an out-and-out spoof (like Shah Rukh Khan’s [Images] guilty pleasure silly movie Baadshah). No, this one slots into a painful no-man’s-genre area, and, clearly confused between the campy comic route and the overtly melodramatic path, constantly stumbles around.
On the pretext of tribute, the movie resorts to too many clichés. Almost every possible Bollywood formula is added to the plot – there’s the lost and found angle, rebirth, memory loss, double role, orphaned street child protagonist, revenge drama and also the NRI backdrop with just the backdrop being shifted to China.Accept the film with a ‘Made in China’ label – it is affordable though doesn’t promise eternal entertainment.
If the director Nikhil Advani has called this an “illogical, mad film,” we know what to expect. However, even if one expects nothing more than a mad illogical film, Chandni Chowk To China is disappointing. A mad film can carry itself along if it is tumultuous enough and funny enough, but this one isn’t.
Apart from Akshay’s worthless attempt at comedy, other actors too have done their best to try the audience’s patience. Deepika Padukone has been reduced to a glam-doll and her much hyped action scenes are a work of special effects, Ranvir Shorey’s role was short and Mithun Chakraborty has done nothing except for thrashing Akshay.To sum it up, CC2C appears like a cartoon film – as Akshay had mentioned.
As with many a Bollywood epic, you can bring the kids, your lunch, your cell phone, your unfiled taxes. There’s so much here, and in such heaping, lengthy portions, you could probably weave a sari before the end credits.