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36 China Town (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller | 21 April 2006 (India)
A wealthy casino owner is murdered in her mansion at 36, China Town and the investigating detective uncovers multiple suspects, all with independent motives to commit the crime.


Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla (as Abbas-Mustan), Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla (as Abbas-Mustan)


Shyam Goel (story), Jitendra Parmar (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akshaye Khanna ... Chief Police Inspector Karan
Kareena Kapoor ... Priya
Shahid Kapoor ... Raj Malhotra
Paresh Rawal ... Natwar
Payal Rohatgi ... Gracy
Johnny Lever ... K.K. (as Johny Lever)
Tanaaz Currim Irani ... Ruby (as Tanaaz Lal)
Isha Koppikar ... Sonia Chang
Tanushree Dutta ... Film heroine
Upen Patel ... Rocky
Priyanka Chopra ... Karan's wife
Vivek Shauq ... Inspector Ravi
Raj Zutshi ... Drunk
Dinyar Contractor ... Lobo (as Diniyaar Contractor)
Roshan Tirandaz Roshan Tirandaz ... Mrs. Lobo


Multi-millionaire Sonia Chang; owner of 36 China Town hotel and Hollywood Casino is found dead with the evidences pointing towards people from different walks of life who may have a motive to murder her. But there is a major draw-back involved in this case as the police does not have concrete evidence to incarcerate any of the suspects. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Upen Patel's debut. See more »


Natwar(Paresh Rawal) goes across the pipe from his Hotel to Mrs. Sonia's Room. But when shots of Mrs. Sonia's mansion are shown the mansion is situated in a more secluded area of the city. See more »


Remake of ...And Suddenly It's Murder! (1960) See more »


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Entertaining, despite being a blatant copy!!
15 August 2006 | by naveen-13See all my reviews

Even though Abbas Mastan claim that the inspiration for this movie came to them while watching Chinatown (1974), the movie is actually a scene-by-scene lift of the 1992 Hollywood comedy Once Upon a Crime, starring John Candy and Cybill Shepherd. Interestingly, that movie was also billed as a comedy-mystery, but was also much more comedy than mystery, like this one.

The roles played by Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor were played by Richard Lewis and Sean Young in the original. The plot has been Indianized: the main events in the original happen in Monte Carlo, and here, they happen in Goa, which is kind of the Monte Carlo of India. Several other aspects of the plot have been Indianized: for example, the two protagonists in the original are returning a lost dog (in this, they are returning a lost child). But several things are not changed at all, including the character of the married-for-money Paresh Rawal (played by John Candy in the original), the suave Casanova Upen Patel (played by George Hamilton in the original), and the inspector Akshaye Khanna (played by Giancarlo Giannini).

Despite having seen the original, I found this version to be highly entertaining. Especially impressive was Shahid Kapoor, who has excellent chemistry with Kareena. Akshaye Khanna does not have a very strong part, but still tries very hard. Overall, the movie does not disappoint.

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Release Date:

21 April 2006 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Казино Чайна-Таун '36' See more »


Box Office


INR150,000,000 (estimated)

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Production Co:

Mukta Arts See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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