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CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA - Its Nothing to No-where and the most disastrous venture after 'Drona'. (Review By Bobby Sing)

16 Jan, 2009 | Movie Reviews / 2009 Releases

The first thought which came to my mind after watching this latest offering from Akshay Kumar was that there exists a very thin and almost invisible line between Confidence and Over-Confidence.  And CC2C is a clear example of a costly venture going down the path due to the overconfidence of its actors, director and the producers. In few words it’s the most torturing waste of time after “Drona”.

Fans of Shahrukh and Aamir can have a celebrating time this week as Akshay has committed a shattering mistake in the most crucial time of his career. This movie could have taken Akshay ahead of all in the race but instead it may act as a hindrance for all his progressive steps towards more name and fame. In other words, in 2008 it was Tashan and in 2009 it is Chandni Chowk To China. As I feel it will be a huge disappointment for all Akshay fans in this new year.
The movie has nothing to offer in any department, be it story, direction, music, locales and even acting. The only thing impressive is its production scale, but nobody is interested in seeing only a huge decorative structure without any content. Only 30 minutes in the movie and you know it that there has been a mistake somewhere. The movie starts very lazily and even Akshay’s introduction scene is not that impressive. You just don’t get along with the narration as it has no power to pull you in.
The story is about a cook in Chandni Chowk (Akshay) who is mistaken as a reincarnation of a Chinese Warrior. So he is taken to China to fight the villain there with the help of a cunning future teller (Ranvir Shorey). Along with this, another plot is about two (twin) sisters (Deepika Padukone in double role). One of the sisters is an Indian TV Artist and other is the associate of the villain in China. All these characters meet up in China and fight against the evil there. What may sound as an interesting story idea is totally ruined on the screen in its execution. Whatever you might be expecting from the movie looking at its promos is simply not there.
First of all in a movie with a title “Chandni Chowk To China” there is neither Chandni Chowk and nor the real China. You are only shown the “The Great Wall Of China” as China and the major fights scenes are filmed around that. The feel of the Chinese Cities and markets is not there. The expected local streets and Paranthe Wali Gali of Chandni Chowk is also missing, though it was highly publicized as the original home of Akshay Kumar.
If you are taking it as a comedy then there are only few scenes to count which are equivalent to the comedy level of Akshay. If you are looking for great action, then there are many completely senseless action sequences with no impression to make. The art of Kung Fu and Karate are taken for a ride in the movie in a very strange manner which was really not expected from Akshay as he also knows the art himself. The action director very unintelligently shows The Great Wall Of China being damaged in the fight sequence graphically. Apart from these flaws, a potato has been featured in the movie with a Ganesha like impression on it. And this potato travels from Chandni Chowk to China with Akshay and even after many months does not change its appearance. What a great thought that was from the director. Also there are some silly TV commercials and childish gadgets shown in the movie wasting all the footage for no purpose at all.
Akshay is there in the movie trying to do a little bit of everything, but from the first scene itself he seems to be overconfident of his act. In order to do all, he fails to impress his viewers this time and is a big let-down. Deepika also fails to impress and only provides her pretty looks to the movie. Same is the case with Ranvir Shorey as he is completely wasted. A great miscast is there in the form of Mithun Chakraborty. I couldn’t understand what he was doing in the movie in such an underwritten role. All the Chinese characters in the movie were hamming more and acting less. Musically, only one song from Kailash Kher is the better one among all.
Interestingly the film catches up towards its end with some interesting moments when Akshay starts learning the Martial Art. But till then all the major damage has already been done and those few moments are not capable of saving this big Titanic from sinking. It can be said that after the success of “Singh Is Kinng”, which was also not a polished product itself, we expected a better one from Akshay. But to my shock he comes with a movie which is even more mediocre product than “Singh Is Kinng’.
I fail to understand how on earth such an intelligent team and association could go wrong to this extent to come up with a product like CC2C. Summing up, I would say that the first big crash of 2009 has arrived and I am really thinking about what “Warner Brothers” will have in mind after this.
Rating : 1 / 5

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