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Chandni Chowk to China (2009)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy | 16 January 2009 (USA)
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An action-comedy about a simple cook from Chandni Chowk mistaken for the reincarnation of an ancient peasant warrior Liu Shengh by residents of an oppressed Chinese village.

Director:

Nikkhil Advani (as Nikhil Advani)

Writers:

Rajat Arora (dialogue), Bohemia (lyrics) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mithun Chakraborty ... Dada
Akshay Kumar ... Sidhu
Deepika Padukone ... Sakhi / Suzy
Ranvir Shorey ... Chopstick
Roger Yuan ... Inspector Chiang Kohung
Chia-Hui Liu ... Hojo (as Gordon Liu)
Tang Tang Fei Tang Tang Fei ... Liu Sheng
Conan Stevens ... Joey
Kevin Wu Kevin Wu ... Frankie
Chang En Lu Chang En Lu ... Villager Han
Jun Li Jun Li ... Villager Wong
Jek Jek ... Priest Koshu
Gauravv K. Chawla Gauravv K. Chawla ... Palm Reader (as Gaurav Chawla)
Ina Vohra Ina Vohra ... TV News Reporter
Rajesh Rajesh ... Chandni Chowk Thugs
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Storyline

Based in Delhi's Chandni Chowk, orphaned Sidhu is adopted by the owner of Bajrang Bali Parathas, known simply as Dada. Years later Sidhu has grown up and is an expert at slicing vegetables. When his Chinese friend and Philosopher, Chopstick, cons him into believing that he is the reincarnation of Liu Sheung, a slain Chinese revolutionary, Sidhu takes it upon himself to travel to the Zhange district where he will be forced to confront a deadly female assassin by the name of Suzy; be befriended by a semi-crazed beggar; and must face humiliation and possible death at the hands of the virtually indestructible Hojo. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Their village destroyed, they travelled in search of hope. They followed a prophecy to find their ancient warrior reborn. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and martial arts action | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

India | USA

Language:

Hindi | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Made in China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$629,921, 18 January 2009

Gross USA:

$921,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,439,480
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally titled "Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo" and later "Mad in China." See more »

Goofs

Below the Greatwall there is a monument, which upon Sidhul's arrival was introduced by village leaders to be something like "the tombstone of Liu Sheng the great warrior". But actually what inscribed on the monuments actually means "The Greatwall: Keystone Historical Site of Hebei Province". See more »

Quotes

Sidhu: Dado Hojo! I'm going Chandni Chowk to China!
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Alternate Versions

The shot of Hojo urinating on the face of Sidhu has been removed from the international version. See more »

Connections

Features Salaam-E-Ishq (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Chandni Chowk to China
Written by Rajat Arora
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar, Anushka Manchanda, Pratichee Mohapatra and Shankar Mahadevan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Desi Gulliver travels one more time!!!
17 January 2009 | by stupidsharkSee all my reviews

I really don't know what had gotten to our producers, directors and stars as most of their time is wasted on promoting movie for things that are either absent or not actually worthy of promotion. CC2C is doing the same thing again. There is no problem in promoting a movie but what actually hurts me most is that these movies creates so much hype that every movie going soul becomes eager to have a "dekkho" and after their tryst with the movie before they can forewarn any of the other people, the movie collects a fortune and hailed as a commercial success. Now as you all know, our beloved Bollywood is slave of box office thus before the "janta" can say that what a rubbish movie it was, similar kind of movies will not only be announced but also will go on floor. this makes industry blind to good and experimental scripts and it keeps on churning out Hollywood's garbage with the thinking that our audience like this kind of movie.

Now coming back to CC2C, it is one of many travel stories in which Akki baba goes to Alien land to spread the "great Indian culture". In "Namste London", he went to London to rescue a confused damsel, in "Sinng is Kinng" he saved his friend from the clutches of organized crime and now he is saving a Chinese town from the wrath of a Villain named Hojo. What I am unable o understand is that why to set a movie in foreign location even if the same story can be told in India? Except making it sellable in foreign territories, I don't see any benefit whatsoever.

Apart from this the movie suffers from editorial negligence as at least 40-45 mins of movie could have and should have been edited to make the film interesting. In absence of that, after the initial 15 mins of movie, the movie becomes repetitive and boring. The main reason behind that they had put the same people (Akshay, Deepika, Ranbir and Hojo) in various situations again and again that too in a non creative way. Apart from that movie has only 3 main locations, Chinese village, Hojo's Hideout and the Great Wall of China. Same people in same locations with a one-line story, end product is a silly movie that takes itself very seriously.

Another Low point of movie is its songs as non of them is too hummable and are forgotten (along with the movie) as soon as one walks out of theater. Amazingly, the transformation and training of Akshay that has to be the highest point of the movie where audiences get connect with the anger. Frustration and emotions of the protagonist (remember ROCKY SERIES I-VI) is the totally non-happening last 1/2 hour where all of your hopes of compensating bad comedy with a good action, vanishes. So all I want to say is that all those who are looking for action, watch dubbed Chinese "kangfoo" (I don't know why Akshay pronounce kunfu as kangfoo?).

Actors like Ranbir Shauri and Mithun are completely wasted as their roles were stereotyped and boring. Deepika fought well and convincingly for a bollywood heroine but hers double role was a completely non starter and she could not impress me. Chinese Villain Hojo (Chia Hui Liu) was portrayed as menacing but nowhere he looked or acted that evil, even his martial art skills were neither explored nor used. Both Chia Hui Liu and Roger Yuan (Father of Deepika) are very good Martial artist but Alas! What a Waste? Basically CC2C fails as a action movie also as most the stunts are "visibly wired" thus lacks authenticity. Above that, the camera work was not that good as most of the time it fails to convey the ferocity or skill level of the fighters. On the other hand, Akshay has limited talent for Action, Comedy and Acting and by churning out movies after movies he is over stretching himself as well as his fan base. What he actually need is to take a rest and wait for a Script, a real script.

So my verdict is: Do something else but don't go to theaters rather I have a better suggestion for you, Watch Sita aur Gita/ Chaalbaaz along with a Chinese martial art movie (Snake in Monkey's Shadow is my pick) at the comfort of your home. I promise you'll thank me..


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