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Mohnish Bahl ...
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Madan
Puneet Issar ...
Dhola
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Raja Rai
Kunika ...
Lily
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Rai (Raja's grandpa)
Shiva Rindani ...
Bob
Asha Sachdev ...
Kamini Rai
Tej Sapru ...
Ghunga
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Far beyond the reaches of our universe, lies a heavenly kingdom ruled by a beautiful woman, and her daughter, a princess. Both mother and daughter possess a magical wand in the shape of a giant leaf that has magical powers. The daughter loses this leaf, which falls and lands on Earth. Dhola, an evil being, who would like to control and master the universe, finds out, and he too goes in search of this leaf. The daughter reaches Earth and is called "Chandra Mukhi" after a character in a television pro gramme, and meets with a young lad named Raja Rai. She finds that Raja is at the mercy of his cruel maternal uncle and step-mother, and she decides to let Raja grow up to his full manhood so that he can defend himself against his tormentors. It is then that Dhola arrives and takes control of the leaf. Will Chandra Mukhi and Raja be able to secure the leaf from the invincible and evil Dhola, and will Raja's life ever return to normalcy? Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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The song " Tune Pakdi Kallai" was first shot with 1980s actress Kim. The clip was even released in the movie's theatrical trailer's months before the film released. At the last minute, the producer decided to scrap the song and re shoot it with Sri Devi. See more »

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Delightfully absurd sci-fi from India
24 May 2010 | by (Opoczno, Poland) – See all my reviews

Science-fiction and fantasy are not exactly common genres in Bollywood, but fortunately for us, there are a few exceptions. And although the Mumbai-based film industry has grown pretty mature over the last ten years, Chandra Mukhi is a cute example from well before that. It's one piece of work, believe me. Don't expect a masterpiece if you decide to watch it, but be in for a real treat.

It all happens somewhere in East Africa, although the only thing that adds some couleur locale are a few zebras, giraffes and a lion at the very beginning of the movie, because during the entire movie we won't encounter a single black person, as if East Africa were inhabited exclusively by Hindi-speaking Indians. The hero of our story is Raju, an about 8 years old kid, who spends most of his time playing around with his friends. Raju's grandfather is a rich businessman, and Raju is the apple of his eye. However, Raju's maternal uncle Madan and his wife Kamini are not pleased with Raju's privileged position at all. Madan and Kamini are evil people ("He could do harm to normal people, but he can't do harm to us, because we are EVIL PEOPLE, mwahahahaaaaa!"). Together they run a small gang of cartoonesque goons, and their plan is to bump off grandpa and Raju in order to get hold of grandpa's huge property. However, their plans don't work out as they should. Because what happens? Somewhere far, far away in the universe lies a heavenly kingdom ruled by a severe but kind-hearted queen. The queen has a beautiful daughter (played by Sridevi) with a peculiar hobby: the princess enjoys floating (!) over Earth, and the queen cannot approve of that, because Earth is a wicked and dangerous place. To prevent her from going there, the queen entrusts the princess with a magical golden leaf, the key to all power in the universe. But of course, the princess goes anyway and stumbles upon Dhola (a huge bald fellow in a superhero suit who wants to kill the princess, steal the leaf and take over power), so that she loses the leaf, falls down and loses her power. Down on Earth, she quickly makes friends with Raju and the other kids. They name her Chandra Mukhi after one of the Devdas characters. When Chanda Mukhi witnesses how bad poor Raju is treated by his evil uncle, she decides to help him, using all the power that is left in her to turn him into an adult muscle-man overnight. Of course, it won't last long before Raju (played by Salman Khan) and the sympathetic alien princess fall in love.

These are the basic ingredients. Just add an evil sorcerer, a tribe, a village, a lonely cannibal and a band of merry thieves - all this apparently within a radius of a few miles at most - to the mix and you'll get an idea. Those who enjoy watching Salman's naked chest will, as usual, not be disappointed either.

Chandra Mukhi has lots of elements that would easily qualify it as a low-budget movie of the "so bad it's good" genre. Yet, that wouldn't entirely do justice to the movie. It has visibly been made with humor and an odd kind of love. Sridevi plays her role charmingly and decently, and besides, she's a terrific dancer. Salman may never have been a great actor, but his acting still had some of the freshness that later got lost in mannerisms. Gulshan Grover is funny in the role of Madan. For the rest, the whole thing is just incredibly naive and delightfully absurd - even for a children's movie.


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