Chandni Chowk to China
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I'm not familiar with Bollywood, but I thought the movie might be goofy-silly from the trailer. It was so much more than that.
The plot is well summarized by another reviewer, so I won't go into it in detail. Basically, a comedic buffoon in India is tricked into going to China to help an oppressed village. Along the way, he finds love, kung fu, and himself. The plot was complex but fun. The movie is in Hindi (spoken by the characters from India) and Mandarin (spoken by the characters from China) with good English subtitles.
In some points where the plot stretched credibility, I figured it was a Bollywood thing, and just went with the flow. For example, the heroine's family situation, airport incident, the drunken master fight, the kung fu training sequences, were all a bit unrealistic, but great fun.
The costumes and dancing were great (who knew a womem could dance in the long chinese cheongsam dresses?). I especially liked the scenes set in the Forbidden City Palace and the Great Wall. I read that this was the first fight scene permitted to be filmed on the Great Wall, and having been on the beautiful, windy, and super-steep steps of the Great Wall, I loved each and every Great Wall scene. I read that they shut down tourism for the filming, which is impressive given how packed the tourist site normally is.
I expected a lot of eye candy going in, based on the trailer, but I was caught completely by surprise by just how funny and dramatic the movie was.Read more ›
Next up a line where people wait for Chinese Visa and our hero is sitting on a bench with a potato (LOL yes he sees the face of Ganesh in a Potato and keeps clutching it for bravery throughout the movie ). The opportunistic infomercial model from hell miss TSM (Deepika) is in line and decides she well steal his VISA CHIP from him ( how she does this is hilarious . All things gadgetry style from China are represented by miss tsm on infomercials that our hero has been watching in India and he has a crush on miss tsm.Read more ›
One day he and his goofy Chinese friend "Chopstick" (a very Chinese-looking Ranvir Shorey) are approached by two Chinese villagers. They are sure Sidhu is a reincarnation of a great martial arts hero. They beg him to return with them to China to fight the evil gang boss "Hojo" (the immortal Chia Hui "Gordon" Liu). However, it is incumbent upon the klutzy Sidhu to learn kung fu. Still he goes, with the blessing of the adopted older brother, the elderly Dada, who took him in as a child (Mithun Chakraborthy).
I have to stop there, as this film is just too darned funny, touching and wonderful to spoil. You will die laughing at the clever songs, how fitting and apropos they are and how...well, just plain funny. This film's humor reminded me of Jackie Chan at his best--yet it is truly and purely Indian in all ways. Even the Chinese seem to be straight out of an old Indian village in the Punjab.
Akshay Kumar is a multi-talented prodigy. I cannot believe I haven't noticed him before, but I will be from now forwards. I also deeply admire the powerful presence of Mithun Chakraborthy.
You will never regret having this fantastic Indian jewel in your collection, and you will always go back to watch it for the pure delightful fun. And there is whoopass martial action, as well as a profound lesson for all of us.
Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go sing a few bars of "Hello, I'm a Chinese Guy".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
you won't be bored:production values are fairly high but much of the slapdash comedy is geared to nine year olds.Published 13 months ago by Mr Garfield
I enjoyed the story line, but the action was just too cheesy for me. The humor wasn't my cup of tea.Published 19 months ago by Erina
You have to watch the whole thing to get it, the way it starts is kind of dumb but it gets better and better. If you like Bollywood movies check this one out.Published on February 1, 2014 by montana3802
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