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:: Chandni Chowk To China

Don’t get put off by the tag that ‘Chandni Chowk To China’ is a Bollywood meets Asian kung-fu style film. Ultimately this a comedy that works remarkably well. It is a pleasure to watch and makes you laugh which so many films these days fail to do.

‘Chandni Chowk To China’ tells the story of Sidhu (Akshay Kumar), a young India chef who is looking for a way to break out of his life. When the scheming Chopstick (Ranvir Shorey) tells him that he is the re-incarnation of a Asian Warrior, he travels to China where unbeknownst to him a whole village is expecting him to free them from a vicious gangster called Hojo (Gordon Liu). This results in a lot of adventures for Sidu which lead to him meeting two fascinating and beautiful women named Sakhi and Meow Meow (both played by Deepika Padukone)

If you are a fan of Adam Sandler’s then chances are you will love ‘Chandi Chowk To China’. It is that style of comedy fused with the occasional Bollywood big musical number (which incidentally don’t seem out of place as they normally take place in one of Sidhu’s daydreams) and Asian martial arts, where some of the CGI looks a little dodgy but no worse than you would normally expect from a comedy style film.

Storywise the film does hold up. Of course being a comedy that means you are expected to suspend your belief occasionally, but the storyline (which I won’t spoil) revolving around the relationships betweeen Saki, Meow Meow and Chiang (Roger Yuan) as well as the one between Dada (Mithun Chakraborty) and Sidhu are touching enough to border on drama. There is a valuable moral behind the film that will reward any audience member.

Akshay Kumar also shows his class as a comedy actor with a performance that is as good as anything Adam Sandler or Jim Carrey could produce. He has expert slapstick and comedy timing as well as facial expressions that are on par with Rowan Atkinson. There is also a genuine on-screen chemistry between himself and his leading lady, Deepike Padukone which only adds to the film.

A hidden gem of a comedy that is well worth taking a risk on if you don’t mind a subtitled film. This is a comedy that will genuinely make you laugh and is well worth a look.