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Chandni Chowk to China – Movie review

January 16, 2009

Even if we expect a no-brainer, this movie is a disappointment. A mindless movie can carry itself along if it is tumultuous enough and funny enough but CC2C isn’t. This is a slapstick comedy, but the jokes are stale. Worse, many scenes seem to stretch on endlessly and one wishes the director would get on with it. After the interval he does get on with it…but take away the fight scenes and the movie is nothing. While watching CT2C, I got this awful sense of déjà vu… about a hundred movies of the past seemed to fuse together…

The full review is here. And there are no spoilers.

(Movie poster is from

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2009 12:04 pm

    Lol..This an overhyped movie and I had an intution that it was going to be dumb..Your movie reviews match my taste,but anyways i will watch it when avaliable 😉

    For some reason,I don’t like’t tell i am jealous,but i don’t like her attitude in interviews..

  2. January 16, 2009 12:26 pm

    another overhyped movie….well the fact that deepika was chosen to be a chinese girl put me off in the first place so decided aint gonna watch it!

  3. January 16, 2009 1:12 pm

    Well ya and they showed Deepika practicing the stunts .she doesn’t look all that good without makeup 🙂

  4. January 16, 2009 1:12 pm

    I thought this one would be another “Typical Bollywood Masala Movie”. 😉

  5. January 16, 2009 1:22 pm

    We don’t make good comedies anymore. These days we have films where you are asked to keep your brain home :)). Do we need brain to watch any genre?

    Why do these people come up with tomfoolery in the name of comedy films? Akshay needs to stop before it’s too late and he ends up like Govinda.

  6. January 16, 2009 1:23 pm

    BTW thanks for the review, Nita.

  7. January 16, 2009 2:54 pm

    A cat has nine lives and our cat[Akshay] has already exhausted quite a few! It is time he did some introspection before attempting to bore us again.

  8. January 16, 2009 3:59 pm

    Thanks for the timely review Nita. I won’t like to waste my time on it.

  9. January 16, 2009 5:04 pm

    Thanks for the timely review,you have saved my money;hard luck for deepika padukone….another bollywood kungfu fusion movie…

  10. January 16, 2009 5:43 pm

    Sigh! there goes my Sunday movie plan. Thanks for saving my money and time 🙂

  11. January 16, 2009 7:42 pm

    after I saw Welcome..I decided AK is not for know for a person like me who used to like Govinda’s movies even when they were illogical and meaningless…AK is too much

  12. Dev permalink
    January 16, 2009 8:38 pm

    Nita, I will still watch the movie because of Deepika. :).
    But, thanks for your review…atleast now I wont waste my energy on following the story and expecting much from the film..I will be just looking at her. lol

    • January 16, 2009 9:42 pm

      Nimmy, I have not watched Deepika in any interviews and she is still new so to say so I have no opinion of her actually except that she is cute! And I am sure so are you! 🙂

      Sahaja, Deepika actually manages to look Chinese! It was quite interesting actually.

      Vishesh, now where have you been? To the gym eh?? 🙂

      Anshul, you are insulting the bollywood masala movie by comparing CC2C with that genre! 😀

      Solilo, I liked what you said: “Do we need brain to watch any genre?” That was funny and right on!!

      Vikas, the last line of the movie said: “To be continued.” So I guess the nine lives are not yet over!

      Prerna, Reema, yayavar, thanks and you are welcome!

      Rambler, luckily I have not seen “Welcome” but I have seen a serious movie of Akshay’s “Yeh hai dillagi” or something and he was not bad in it at all. Overall though he is not my type, Akshay I mean. 🙂

      Dev, Me too spent time looking at her. She was cute.

  13. January 16, 2009 11:53 pm

    Akshay had some good movies like Sabrina remake Yeh Dillagi, Hannibal remake Sanghursh and such but the problem is even when he is emoting, you can see his gums and expression looks the same in all scenes.

    Yeah, Akshay is not a good actor. But he is smart. – Nita.

  14. January 17, 2009 10:02 am

    Wow, a 1.5 star rating! That must be a horrid movie. I did see some trailers and was intrigued by the plot.

    Interestingly, i read this article about how the hollywood production company for this movie (forgot the name) is working super hard towards making sure that no pirated copies get made.

    After reading the reviews, i doubt anybody is going to even want pirated copies!

    You are right AD. This one was one of the most horrid movies I have ever seen. An insult to the audience I think! Maybe three year olds could enjoy it! 🙂 – Nita.

  15. January 17, 2009 11:51 am

    🙂 Yeah,I should not jump,into conclusion so early..

    Of course she is cute..Actually i was a great fan of her since OSM..But in BAHaseenon,she was dumb and worse that than new comer Minisha,it maybe that her character was so..Since then,I don’t look forward to her movies..Will watch this movie and maybe i will start liking her again 😉

    I didn’t like her in Bachna hai haseeno either. That role itself was stupid. Unfortunately in this movie too she isn’t playing a very intelligent role. She just has to look good and do karate! – Nita.

  16. January 17, 2009 2:31 pm

    I wonder why people go to watch such movies,, just to write reviews??[ 😛 ] [ 😛 ] Juss joking.

    But I observed such tendency when RGV made Aag too.

    My friends watched that movie. Not to enjoy it, but to criticize it and to know how to criticize it they watched it, wasted their money and then discussed, wrote, fought alot to emphasize that how disgusting Ram Gopal Verma is.

    Anyways for me, movies doesn’t make much sense except some of them, and incidentally, I always come to know about whether I would like a movie or not before deciding to watch it. But then I am no “first day first show” chick. So seldom I feel my money was lost in the darkness of a multiplex or theater.

    I was always a first day first show kind but unfortunately hardly ever got to fulfill my desires in school and college because there was no time! Busy studying! 😦 Now I have the chance, specially as I get paid for it! 🙂 Life does improve. 🙂 – Nita.

  17. Manish permalink
    January 17, 2009 10:15 pm

    Well the movie is a dumb one ……can’t believe its disribution right was taken by warner bros. hard enough to resist the movie even once…..!!!!!
    AK plz never do this kind of shit again….and hey nikhil you must take retirement from this direction kind of thing……

    Maybe Warner Bros are dumb? Surely they should have done some research to find out the good directors? I can understand why they picked Akshay, as he is a box office wonder, but Nikhil Advani? Puzzeling! – Nita.

  18. Nil permalink
    January 18, 2009 6:32 am

    I’ve honestly never liked Akshay as an actor. Very overrated and I get quite put off seeing him as one of the “big” names in Bollywood. Always found the other Akshay (Khanna) far superior!

    I Didn’t like Singh Is Kinng (was dragged along to see that one!) and judging from the trailers of CCTC, I probably won’t like this either.

    Deepika seems like she has a good future in the industry. I think her, Asin and maybe Freida Pinto (if she is wanting to do Hindi movies) are ones to look out for. So many young actresses are touted as future superstars but only a select few ever make it. For example Kim Sharma, Shamita Shetty and Preeti Jhangiani all debuted in Mohabbatein…after that none managed a follow-up hit.

    I like your choice of the three female actors. I too think they have potential. And as for Singh is Kingg it was better than CC2C. If you take it only as pure entertainment value then Singh is Kingg on a scale of 1 to 10 would be about 4 but CC2C would be half or zero!! -Nita

  19. Nil permalink
    January 18, 2009 6:34 am

    I wonder what Shobhaa De had to say about this film…

  20. January 18, 2009 1:21 pm

    Ah this movie reminds me of Chinese torture! Its horrible… hey as usual u r absolutely correct abt the feedback for this movie.

  21. January 19, 2009 10:02 pm

    Thank god that it might flop. I was worried that we are sending wrong signals to Bollywood and they might end up making such movies for the next five years. 🙂

    haha! Yeah, that thought was depressing you wasn’t it! Well, I think if this movie flops it will be best thing to happen. The audience is not an idiot. Only directors and actors are! Oh, and I forgot to add…Hollywood studious are the biggest idiots for putting their money into a foreign project without doing their research. – Nita.

  22. zobair permalink
    January 20, 2009 3:51 pm

    i think akshy is not bollywood king what king he is not a king the real king sharukh khan real king khan chandni chowk is not a good movie flop movie

  23. January 20, 2009 6:57 pm

    yup, thanks

  24. January 22, 2009 11:46 am

    and a great header image – depth feels good to the eyes

  25. January 30, 2009 1:13 pm

    I think the damage was done when the intensity of the movie was diluted by humor.

  26. February 1, 2009 6:24 am

    I hate this bad movie. Review was certianly right, take out the fight and the movie is nothing. The other thing is that this movie is cheating the whole world. It says that Buddha was born in India when he was born in Nepal. This may lead us in trouble because Nepali people may think that we are bad if not, worse. I came to think of this idea because Nepal has already banned this movie.

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