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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 »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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
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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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When the film was launched it had Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Rani Mukherjee and Vivek Oberoi. But all the stars dropped out due to certain issue's. Akshaye Khanna replaced Anil Kapoor, Shahid Kapur replaced Akshay Kumar.Kareena Kapoor replaced Rani Mukherjee. Finally Upen Patel replaced Vivek Oberoi . See more »


When K.K. & Ruby (Johnny Lever and Tanaaz Currim respectively) are trying to get rid of Sonia's (Isha Koppikar) dead body with the train journey by getting the porter to wrongfully place the bag containing the dead body in a different train than the one they would be travelling in, it is seen that the porter manages to throw the bag back to them through the window of the 1st Class AC compartment they are escaping in. However, none of Indian Railways' AC compartments have windows without the toughened glass, making such a scenario impossible. See more »


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Make no mistake this is no thriller its a comedy involving a Murder.
11 May 2006 | by kooleshwarSee all my reviews

I went into this movie expecting a stylised(somewhat overly) thriller from Abbas-Mastan duo and boy was I surprised.

The movie started off like expected with a stylised flashback and a decent attempt to merge to the stories of a few individuals but it was all different and confusing since then.

In fact everything about this movie and the motives behind it such as packaging it as a thriller and the dozen ploy holes (maybe more i lost count after a while) are confusing.

I've reviewed this movie like a comedy with a murder involved maybe even like a spoof as THIS MOVIE CANNOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE CALLED A THRILLER AND ANYONE GOING INTO THIS MOVIE EXPECTING ONE WILL BE SEVERELY Disappointed also if i did review this movie as a thriller than even one star would be to much.

The story of this movie is promising enough with a few bumbling people all landing up at the same time at China Town(sic) in Goa at the same time a murder happens.

The characters are all caricatures with the henpecked husband, the suave playboy, the tough cop, the bumbling sidekicks etc. Even so they are all tolerable and the performances by everyone is good given the limited premise of the movie.

Special mention to Upen Patel (who I'm sure is dubbed) who has had a decent debut and Johny Lever who thanks to his short hiatus from films (and the fact that his Numero Uno status as the most annoying guy in Bollywood being taken over by Rajpal Yadav) is actually quite tolerable in this film. However he and Paresh Rawal have nothing new to offer in terms of their roles. In fact Item Girl Payal Rohtagi also gave a decent performance.

The songs in this film save for the first one are probably the worst part of this film as they completely destroyed the flow of the film and were played when you least wanted it. In fact one could easily hear the collective sigh of the audience when yet another HIMMESBHAI song was played.

The comedy is nothing special though a few scenes especially those involving the interrogation of the Suspects was hilarious. Some of the scenes even though they were predictable had me falling out my seat laughing.

Also a really funny person throughout the movie was the Stupid Junior Cop who was Akshaye Khannas sidekick all his one liners were absolutely hilarious.

The sets of this film were actually quite good although the crude labeling of the Casino was very annoying (come one people are gambling inside we all know its a casino).

Which brings us to Murder Mystery...the lesser said the better there were a dozen plot holes it was shoddily done and completely unimportant I'm sure almost no one in the audience cared who the killer was....hell it was so bad that the killer actually cracks a joke about the killing after being caught WTF.

Save for the first ten minutes when this movie tries to be a thriller this movie is actually funny.

A good comedy (maybe even a spoof)but the obtrusive songs and the fact that this movie was not supposed to be comedy and a thriller affect its ratings.

Watch this movie if you want to see a good comedy with the background of a murder mystery.

PS maybe subhash ghai saw the box office of the recent comedies and repackaged this movie as a thriller to con us whatever be the reason this movie will definitely reflect negatively against him.

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mukta Arts See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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