Chandni Chowk to China Movie Review
The Cast and Crew
Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Ranvir Shorey, Mithun Chakraborty, Gordon Liu, Roger Yuan, Kiran Juneja
Music: Shankar-Loy-Ehsaan, Bappi Lahiri, Bappa Lahri, Kailash Kher, Naresh,Paresh, Bohemia
Story : Sridhar Raghavan
Cinematography: V Manikandan, Himman Dhamija
Director: Nikhil Advani
Producers: Ramesh Sippy, Mukesh Talreja, Rohan Sippy
Banners: R S Entertainment, Orion Pictures, Warner Bros
CC2C is intended to be a slapstick comedy with a flurry of Kung Fu fights and merry dances.
A remote village in China is terrorized by an evil warlord, Hojo (Gordon Liu). An astrologer predicts that an ancient saint-warrior Liu Sheng has taken a rebirth to decimate Hojo. Two Chinese villagers go in the search for this reborn saviour and find Siddhu (Akshay Kumar) in Chandni Chowk. They believe Siddhu is the incarnation of Liu Sheng. Siddhu is a small time cook dreaming about a luxurious life. His mentor Dada (Mithun Chakravarthy) makes vain attempts to make man out of Siddhu.
The two Chinese villagers with the help of a fraudulent astrologer Chopstick (Ranveer Shorey) convince Siddhu and take him to their village in China. On the way, Siddhu meets his love interest Sakhi (Deepika Padukone) and her twin Suzie known also as Meow Meow (Deepika Padukone).
Siddhu is not told about Liu reincarnation or the threat of Hojo. He is actually told about living a life on a bed of roses. The rest of the story deals with how Siddhu faces the challenge of Hojo.
CC2C is literally carried by Akshay Kumar on his shoulders. Deepika Padukone fits the glamour bill. Gordon Liu gives a comfortable performance. Mithun is dull and drab. Roger Yuan is adequate. Ranvir Shorey goes through the motions.
The greatest drawback of CC2C is the story and the shoddy screenplay. Fiction should be created and not contrived. Raghavan’s story has no spice. Nikhil Advani disappoints with his effort or lack of it. The narration suffers from predictability.Even a slapstick comedy should have proper characterization and well conceived episodes that evoke situational comedy. Mere antics will not make anyone laugh.
The cinematography is very good and so are the editing and audiography. Music is enjoyable. Dances are lavishly canned. Action sequences could have been much more effective.
Chandni Chowk to China suffers from mediocre storyline in spite of rich locales, wonderful technical aspects and good production values.
CC2C is just a time-pass average fare without much of entertainment values.
2 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar