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Chandni Chowk to China (2009)

Chandni Chowk to China

Overview


Genre

Comedy, Action

Release Date

January 16, 2009

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Studio

Warner Bros. Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Nikhil Advani

Producer

Nikhil Advani, Ramesh Sippy, Rohan Sippy, Mukesh Talreja

Screenwriter

Shridhar Raghavan

Starring

  • Akshay Kumar
  • Deepika Padukone as Sakhi / Suzy 'Meow Meow' 'Miss TSM'
  • Mithun Chakraborty
  • Gordon Liu
  • Ranvir Shorey
  • Roger Yuan

Story


Chandni Chowk to China, the first ever Bollywood Kungfu comedy takes you on a madcap journey from the by-lanes of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, to Shanghai, the Great Wall and rural China, marrying in its wake hilarious gags, breathtaking action, spectacular locations and heart stirring emotions.

Our protagonist Sidhu (Akshay Kumar) is the lowest on the totem pole, cutting vegetables at a road side food stall in Chandni Chowk in Delhi. He longs to escape his dreary existence and looks for shortcuts - with astrologers, tarot readers, & fake fakirs - basically believing anything except himself, despite his father figure Dada's (Mithun Chakraborty) best efforts.

His redeeming moment arrives when two strangers from China claim him as a reincarnation of a war hero in the past and take him to China. Sidhu now dreams of wine, women and a princely existence in foreign lands. Thanks to the devious translator, a conman by the name Chopstick (Ranvir Shorey), little does he know that he is being taken to the promised land to rid the Chinese village of the vicious smuggler Hojo (Gordon Liu)!

So Sidhu blissfully sets forth to China with Chopstick who instigates dreams of a delicious future and forgets to reveal the perils which await him. Along the way he meets Sakhi (Deepika Padukone), Ms. Tele Shoppers Media (Ms TSM) who has embarked on a journey to pay homage to the land of her birth and her dead father and twin.

Initially Sidhu through a series of lucky coincidences manages to sidestep being beaten by Hojo's men but finally Hojo catches up with him and exposes him as the country buffoon that he really is. Sidhu has the fire of revenge in his belly and finds the one man who will make him a Kungfu expert and set the village free. Armed with his Sifu(master), faith in himself and the love of the fair Sakhi Sidhu sets forth to conquer all!

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..enjoyable if slight..”
by Rachel Saltz [NY Times]
“..rather astonishing..”
by James Berardinelli [Reelviews]
“..fun but somewhat exhausting..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]