A Grade to C Grade……….
I am a Hindi Movie buff and love Hindi movies from Black and White era till date. But unfortunately I have grown up on one of the worst phase of Hindi Cinema where out and out masala movies were made with loads of revenge drama, Action, Lost and Found Formula and Predictable Stories. But as I grew up the Hindi Cinema too grew up to far matured level. We love Realistic films but on same time still love Masala Entertainers. And when the movie has Akshay Kumar the Entertainment level reaches to top point. His movie are total Paisa Vasool [If you enjoy them in Masala Entertainer manner] and has good Comedy, Fights, Drama, and Songs.etc in short a perfect package. This week marks the release of Akshay Kumar’s another Big Budget film “Chandni Chowk to China” which has all an Akki Film needs and is produced by one of Hollywood Giants “Warner Bros” So what happens when East meets West lets find out.
“Chandni Chowk To China” is story of a small village in China where they are ruled by a Tyrant Hojo (Gordon Liu). The villagers seek for help and are told that their Ancient Warrior is reborn and is in India. Thus they come in search of the Warrior and get hold of Siddhu [Akshay Kumar] who is a cook and works for Dada [Mithun Chakraborty] in streets of Chandni Chowk. Siddhu is convinced by a con man Guruji [Ranvir Shourie] that the Chinese considerer him as their ruler and wants him to come to China, but does not reveal that they want him to kill Hojo. Siddhu moves for the Journey to oriental land of China. But little did he know that the journey which he feels is full of fun and enjoyment will be full of pain and misery. Will Siddhu succeed in Killing Hojo? Well to find out that and much more you will have to see the movie.
CC2C is out and out masala movie with total combination of Revenge Drama, Reincarnation, Lost and Found Drama, Good vs. Evil fight etc etc. thus the story is like old wine in new bottle, instead of Thakurs or Dacoits of 80’s era Hindi films they have moved to China and Kung Fu. The story is so stereo type and predictable that you feel you only have written the story.
Screenplay is not up to the mark and at many times too slow. There are few great scenes for e.g. Akshay dancing on G9 Gadget, Mithun – Akki Scenes etc. but on other side there are so many silly scenes with hi-fi gadgets, Chandni Chowk –Kung Fu and many more. The writers must have had fun in writing the script but sadly it does not have that much fun while watching it. Camera work is strictly average, our brothers from South Indian Cinema have done much better jobs. The Fights hardly looked impressive. Locations are brilliant and of top notch. The production values deserve full marks for locations, set ups, etc.
Music by Multiple Music director is good. Siddhu, Title track are nice. India se aaya mera dost-Chinese version is good and is fun. Sadly the romantic track is shot badly and also reduced to one paragraph.
Nikhil Advani is also a big time Hindi Movie buff and must have decided to pay tribute to 80’s-90’s kind of cinema with international touch, but fails miserable. His direction is weak and boring at times. So many loop holes, so many cinematic liberties if you start counting you might refresh your arithmetic’s. They director has taken it for granted that the audience will accept anything in name of masala films thus has decided to introduce Chinese gadgets which can translate the language, bullet proof umbrella, parachute in Umbrella, A Hat which can kill and many more. we had seen such stuff ins many Mithun, Dharmendra films in 80’s-90’s but I guess the kids of today are more smart and culturally exposed to accept this nonsense. he has shown Akki learning Kung – Fu more by Funny comments than real actions. Nikhil has made romantic films in past and sadly in this film one hardly finds romance. He has wasted all good talented actors.
If Akshay Kumar was not there in this film, I feel people would have left the cinema hall much early. Its only due to his screen presence and timing one does stick to the film. his involvement is like energy booster drinks in a tired mans life. Watch him in G9 gadget dance, India se aaya mera dost dance-fight, Kung Fu Training and Chura Ke dil mera dance. Deepika is there in the entire movie and looks different in Chinese role but on performance level has hardly any thing to deliver thanks to the writers. Mithun has done a great job in such a small role. One want to see more of him. Ranvir shourie is just reduced to look better rather than act better. His looks deserves full marks but opposite for his role and content. Gordon Liu is good and has done his part with proper justification.
So bol meri “FILMI KHOPDI” is film mein kitna hai dum ?
Kutch kutch dum hain but overall bahut kutch kum hain. Accept for few good points there is nothing which really works for this film. Thanks to the director an A grade film [Cast, Production Values,etc] has been reduced to a C grade film. some one asked me will you watch this film again..I replied I would rather watch Mithunda’s Commando [which also has silly Kung Fu fights, Silly Gadgets, etc] than watch CC2C which could had been the actual Martial Arts film of India.
Ratings : 1.5 of 5