Chadni Chowk to China (CCTC) was Warner Brothers first attempt at making a Bollywood film. I was really impressed with the beginning because the intro of the film really grabbed my attention. I really thought that the cinematography was top notch and really demonstrated the money and time that Warner Brothers put into this film. But soon after that, I really saw what this film had to offer. If I had to describe this type of film I would say think, Karate Kid mixed with Kung Fu Panda mixed with Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and mixed with Hindi comedy and this is what the result would be. The action scenes were very well done and intense. The martial arts done in the film were top notch. For me, the story line started loosing more and more of my interest as it went on. The plots became predictable, the relationships were made in the blink of an eye and there were several scenes that could have been omitted from the film. Overall it was a little entertaining but it did leave a lot of room for improvement.
This film starts off with a village in China being run by a tryrant named Hojo. None of the villagers can stand up to Hojo or they will be killed. So a few of the villagers find a priest and ask him to help them. So the priest tells them that the legendary warrior Liu Sheng has been reincarnated into a man in India. The villagers decide to go to India to find this man. Then comes Sidhu (Akshay Kumar) who is a cook in India at a small local restaurant with his mentor Dada. One day Sidhu is with his guru friend named Chopstick when 2 Chinese guys come up to him and tell him that he is Liu Sheng. Chopstick (Yeah that’s his name) tells Sidhu that the two of them should go to China with these guys, thinking that he and Sidhu will be glorified heroes if they go. On the way to China they meet Sakhi (Deepika Padukone). Hojo hears that Sidhu has come to stop him so Hojo challenges and beats Sidhu in a fight in front of the entire village. Sidhu trains in Kung Fu to get his revenge and that is when the film really takes off.
ACTING / CHARACTER REVIEW
This part of the review is going to be very short. I was not impressed with any of the characters in the film. The acting was either emotionless from some or too over the top from others. There were a few scenes where Deepika Padukone had to cry and it looked very fake. Akshay Kumar acted like a goofy guy the entire film so it was really hard to take him seriously, especially during his emotional scenes. Overall there are plenty of other films these two have done where their talents as actors have really shown.
This film was a little over 2 and a half hours long and it did not go by fast. I couldn’t get entranced by this film. It seemed to corny and fake to me. I wasn’t a big fan of most of the humor in this film. I thought the film looked nice and all of the fight scenes were awsome. But the film seemed similar to certain other movies. For example, the way that the characters jumped around in this film was very similar to that of the characters in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. During Sidhu’s training it reminded me of the Karate Kid. This film was directed by Nikhil Advani and I feel he just tried to do too much in this film. As I mentioned earlier there could have been several scenes taken out that would not have changed the film one bit but would have made it more compact. Nikhil directed one of my top ten favorite films of all time Kal Ho Naa Ho and sadly CCTC was not on par with that film. I like both of these actors and I really like the director, so it puzzles me why this film didn’t work out. I will say it was very different then any other Hindi film I had seen before. For all of the Reasons I have given and more I give Chadni Chowk to China a 2.75 out of 5 stars.