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Chandni Chowk to China
Chandnichowktochina.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Traditional 月光集市到中國
Simplified 月光集市到中国
Cantonese yue4guang1 ji2shi4 dao4 Zhong1guo2
Directed by Nikhil Advani
Produced by Rohan Sippy
Ramesh Sippy
Mukesh Talreja
Screenplay by Rajat Arora
Sridhar Raghavan
Story by Rajat Arora
Sridhar Raghavan
Starring Akshay Kumar
Deepika Padukone
Mithun Chakraborty
Ranvir Shorey
Narrated by Arif Zakaria
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Kailash Kher
Bappi Lahiri
Bohemia
Cinematography Himman Dhamija
Edited by Aarif Shaikh
Distributed by Ramesh Sippy Entertainment
People Tree Films Pvt. Ltd.
Orion Pictures
Warner Bros.
Release date(s)
  • 16 January 2009 (2009-01-16)
Running time 154 minutes
Country India, China
Language Hindi
Cantonese
Budget INR800 million (US$13 million)[1]
Box office INR554.7 million (US$9.2 million)[2]

Chandni Chowk to China (Hindi: चाँदनी चौक टू चाईना, Chinese: 月光集市到中国), shortened as CC2C is a Bollywood martial arts action comedy film which released on 16 January 2009. It is directed by Nikhil Advani and stars Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles, with Hindi cinema veteran Mithun Chakraborty and Hong Kong action cinema veteran Gordon Liu among the co-stars. In addition to being shot in China, many parts of the film were shot in Bangkok, Thailand,[3][4] although some of the China scenes were shot in sets in the Shanghai Film Studio.[4]

Distributed in the U.S. and co-produced by Warner Bros., it is the third Bollywood movie made and distributed in partnership with a major Hollywood studio, following Sony's Saawariya (2007) and Walt Disney Pictures' animated feature Roadside Romeo (2008).[5] It is Warner Bros. Pictures' first Hindi film.[4] Some critics panned the film inspired from Kung Fu Hustle

Plot[edit]

Sidhu (Akshay Kumar) is a lowly vegetable cutter at a roadside food stall in the Chandni Chowk section of Delhi, who consults astrologers, tarot card readers, and fake fakirs despite his foster father Dada's (Mithun Chakraborty) exhortations. When two strangers from China claim him as a reincarnation of war hero 'Liu Shen' and take him to China, Sidhu, encouraged by trickster Chopstick (Ranvir Shorey), believes he will be feted as a hero, unaware of his own recruitment to assassinate the smuggler Hojo (Gordon Liu).

Sidhu travels to China with Chopstick. Along the way he meets Sakhi (Deepika Padukone), the Indian-Chinese spokesmodel known as Ms. Tele Shoppers Media, or Ms. TSM, who also appears in China. Her twin sister Suzy, known as the femme fatale Meow Meow, works for Hojo, not knowing Hojo tried to kill her father, Inspector Chiang (Roger Yuan). Sidhu, through a series of accidents, initially eludes Hojo, but Hojo eventually exposes him as a fraud. Thereupon Hojo kills Dada, and Sidhu is beaten and urinated by Hojo. Injured and disgraced Sidhu vows revenge. He thereafter encounters an amnesiac vagrant, whom he later identifies to Sakhi as Inspector Chiang. Chiang later recovers his memory and trains Sidhu in kung fu. When Hojo again meets with Sidhu, Suzy injures Chiang; but upon seeing Sakhi, betrays Hojo. Sidhu thereafter fights Hojo in single combat, eventually using a modified vegetable-cutting technique to overwhelm him. In the aftermath, Sidhu opens a vegetable stall in China, but is recruited to fight for some African pygmies. The film thereupon concludes with the announcement "To be Continued – Chandni Chowk to Africa".

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film, earlier known as Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo and also Made in China,[6] is written by Sridhar Raghavan.

Shooting began in January 2008 and included a schedule in China.[7]

The music is by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. The film also features music by Kailash Kher, Bappi Lahiri-Bappa Lahiri and a rap song sung by Akshay Kumar and composed by Punjabi rapper Bohemia. The soundtrack album was released 2 December 2008.

Release[edit]

Box office reception[edit]

Chandni Chowk to China earned INR330 million (US$5.5 million) in its opening weekend.[1] It went on to earn a total of INR407 million (US$6.8 million) in India.[8] The film's total North American box office in the four weeks of running was $921,738, and total worldwide gross was $13,439,480.[9] The film was rated as a flop.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

The movie received negative reviews. It received 46% positive ratings on the film-critics aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes[10] and a 44 out of 100 score from Metacritic.[11] Claudia Puig of USA Today said, "This Indian/Chinese cinematic hybrid is likable and entertaining but overlong and occasionally hokey", and that star Akshay Kumar's "physical humor brings to mind Jim Carrey".[12] John Anderson of Variety wrote, "If Chandni Chowk to China were a person, it would need Valium", and found that "everything is fast and furious, hilarious, hysterical and frantic. Some of the sequences as are quite beautiful and, in the case of the dance numbers featuring Padukone, stunning. But it's the fight scenes as that truly take off".[13] Frank Lovece of Newsday wrote, "Less a Bollywood bonbon than a pan-Asian fusion dish, this combination of Indian musical and Chinese chopsocky is, nonetheless, delicious fun".[14]

Steven Rae of The Philadelphia Inquirer stated that, "Chandni Chowk is entertainingly goofy for about 30 minutes. And then, for the next two hours-plus, it's agony."[15] Scott Tobias of The Onion described the film as "crass, schizophrenic, culturally insensitive, horribly paced, and shameless in its pandering to the lowest common denominator",[16] while Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly said, "This galumphing elephant of a chopsocky revenge-of-the-nerd quasi-musical lacks the lyrical choreographic beauty that has marked such Stateside Bollywood releases as the gorgeous Lagaan".[17] Michael Philips of the Chicago Tribune called the film "a massive and rather tiring showcase for Bollywood action hero Akshay Kumar".[18] Indian critic Taran Adarsh gave the movie 1.5/5 stars, calling it "a big, big, big letdown".[19] Rajeev Masand of IBN termed it a tiring watch, while praising Kumar's performance.[20]

The film has received one award nomination, with Deepika Padukone being nominated for Best Actress at the 3rd Asian Film Awards held in March 2009.[21]

Controversy[edit]

In Nepal, India, and other buddhist countries there were protests against the film due to a passing claim that Buddha was born in India; Lumbini, which is the birthplace of Buddha, is located in Nepal.[22]

Several shows were cancelled in Nepal due to heavy protests from students, archeologists, buddhist monks, researchers, and youth groups.[23] Protests included threats by Buddhists to burn cinemas that screened the film, and racial slurs like "Dhoti" (the Indian term for a form of traditional clothing, used as a derogatory racial slur against Indians in Nepal, see Usage of Dhoti in Nepal) hurled at the Indian embassy in Katmandu.[23]

The protests continued for several days, despite the Nepali distributor deleting the piece of narration that mentioned Buddha in the copies of the film shown in Nepal. On Thursday, 22 January Nepali cinemas stopped and banned screening Chandni Chowk to China; but In India, Indian government took no action against that narration.[24]

Aftermath of the Nepal controversy, actor Shekhar Suman heavily criticized the film with some derogatory and rude comments adding that 16 January must be declared as National Mourning Day Of Cinema. Suman also panned the movie as amateurish attempt by Nikhil Advani & actor's and country's worst film.[25] Mostly, supporters of Kumar especially Nikhil Advani stated that it was a publicity stunt to bring Suman's son Adhyayan Suman in limelight for release of his film Raaz 2. Suman replied that it wasn't a publicity act and the latter apologized to Kumar for it [26]

Music[edit]

Chandni Chowk to China
Compilation album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Released 2 December 2008
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 38:23
Label T-Series
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Rock on!!
(2008)
Chandni Chowk to China
(2008)
Luck by Chance
(2008)

The music of Chandni Chowk to China was released on 2 December 2008. The album features composers as diverse as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Kailash-Paresh-Naresh, Bappi Lahiri-Bappa Lahiri and Bohemia aka the Punjabi rapper.

Reception[edit]

Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama.com rated it 3.5/5, claiming, "Chandni Chowk to China is clearly the next musical hit in the making."[27][not in citation given]

Tracks[edit]

The album consists of the following eight tracks:

Tracklist
No. Title Music Artist(s) Length
1. "S.I.D.H.U"   Kailash Kher, Naresh, Paresh Kailash Kher 5:04
2. "Chandni Chowk To China"   Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Neeraj Shridhar, Anushka Manchanda, Shankar Mahadevan 4:26
3. "India Se Aaya Tera Dost (Aap Ki Khatir)"   Bappi Lahiri Bappi Lahiri, Ravi K Tripathi 6:29
4. "Tera Naina"   Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Shankar Mahadevan, Shreya Ghoshal 4:18
5. "Chak Lein De"   Kailash Kher, Naresh, Paresh Kailash Kher 4:25
6. "Chandni Chowk To China (CC2C)"   Bohemia Bohemia, Akshay Kumar 3:44
7. "Chandni Chowk To China (Remix)"   Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Dj Amyth 4:41
8. "Chak Lein De (Remix)"   Kailash Kher, Naresh, Paresh Dj Amyth 4:36

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chandni Chowk to China crosses Rs 33 cr at local box office, The Economic Times, 20 January 2009
  2. ^ "Box Office India.com: Top Lifetime Grossers Worldwide (IND Rs)". boxofficeindia. 
  3. ^ BollywoodMovies.US: "Deepika Padukone in Bangkok", 24 March 2008]
  4. ^ a b c NewsLine365.com: "Chandni Chowk to China shot mostly in Bangkok", no date
  5. ^ Chhabra, Aseem, "From Bollywood to Chinatown: Warner Bros. teams with India for 'Chandni Chowk' martial-arts musical", Film Journal International, 14 January 2009
  6. ^ Abid, Bollywood Trade News Network, "Mithun in Chandni Chowk to China?" via Naachgaana.com, 8 December 2007
  7. ^ Indiantelevision.com, "Warner Bros to distribute Nikhil Advani's 'Made in China'", 21 August 2007
  8. ^ a b "Chandni Chowk To China". Box Office India. Retrieved 2014-03-28. (subscription required)
  9. ^ "''Chandni Chowk to China''". BoxOfficeMojo.com. 2009-02-12. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  10. ^ "''Chandni Chowk to China''". RottenTomatoes.com. 2010-08-26. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  11. ^ "Chandni Chowk to China". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  12. ^ Puig, Claudia, "'Chandni Chowk' takes meandering journey across Asia", USA Today, 16 January 2009
  13. ^ Anderson, John. Chandni Chowk to China (review), Variety, 15 January 2009
  14. ^ Lovece, Frank. Chandni Chowk to China (review), Newsday, 16 January 2009
  15. ^ Rae, Steven (16 January 2009). "A 'Slumdog' this one surely is not". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 
  16. ^ Tobias, Scott (15 January 2009). "Chandni Chowk To China". The Onion. 
  17. ^ Gleiberman, Owen. Chandni Chowk to China (review), Entertainment Weekly 14 January 2009
  18. ^ Philips, Michael. "'Chandni Chowk to China': Bollywood hybrid fails to fly", Chicago Tribune, 21 January 2009
  19. ^ Adarsh, Taran, Chandni Chowk To China (review), BollywoodHungama.com
  20. ^ Masand, Rajeev. "Masand's Movie Review: Chandni Chowkasa misadventure IBNLive.com
  21. ^ "Awards for Chandni Chowk to China (2009) which still remains a big question.". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-02-25. 
  22. ^ Nepal
  23. ^ a b India is Buddha's birthplace in Chandnias, Nepal fumes, Daily News and Analysis, retrieved on 20 January 2009
  24. ^ Chandni Chowk to China 'banned' in Nepal, The Economic Times, retrieved on 23 January 2009
  25. ^ "Shekhar Suman blasts Akki and CC2C". MidDay. Upala KBR. 19 January 2009. 
  26. ^ "Shekhar Suman apologises to Akshay". Sheeba Hassan. Masala.com. 25 January 2009. 
  27. ^ "Music Review". bollywoodhungama.com. Retrieved 6 December 2008. 

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