The first major release of 2009, ‘Chandni Chowk to China‘ reached the theaters today among mixed reviews. While some of them say that the movie is too masala-oriented, in my opinion it is made of the stuff which makes every Akshay Kumar movie a powerful force on the box office.
Chandni Chowk to China details the journey of a cook Sidhu (Akshay Kumar) from Delhi to China where he is expected to cook delicious meals and fight with the gangsters at the same time. He is believed to be an incarnation of an ancient Chinese warrior and is made to fight Hojo (Gordon Liu), the villain, to get back some village land.
“Primarily a revenge drama, Chandni Chowk to China seeks liberal references from both Indian and Chinese cinema. While the skeletal pattern of the storyline clearly coincides Rajkumar Santoshi’s Ghatak, one can also envisage restructured fragments of Sholay (directed by this film’s producer Ramesh Sippy) in several scenes.”
On the music front, the movie has already set the charts on fire with it’s peppy numbers and exotic locations. The presence of Akshay Kumar certainly helps and of course, there is a special hip-hop track filmed for the movie featuring Bohemia.
Deepika Padukone has done a good job, although her role is not that important and she seems to be just to accompany Akshay to places. I must say she has been mixing her roles very nicely in the beginning of her career.
The run-time is almost 3 hours. The script could have been good but all in all, the movie is entertaining and you’d like it if you’re into those action-packed comedy movies where everything gets mixed up before the interval and then somehow get’s sorted out in the end.