After having heard everything people had to say, including Shekhar Suman asking Akshay to apologise for making the worst Hindi film ever...I couldn't expect anything great from the movie. There were around 15 people in the 300 seater theater. Yeah, thats about 5% occupancy.
I can't say I was pleasantly surprised with the movie, but it did generate some stupid laughs. Akshay is today's Govinda, whether he likes it or not. So, if Govinda was ever a king, Akshay is his true successor by filling up his void in the theaters. Same kind of facial expressions, identical mannerisms mark all his recent ventures. Scenes, where a kick sends you to outerspace and then gravity pulls you back to the same place are definitely not for today's times.
Sidhu (Akshay) is a loser in Delhi, who doesn't believe in taking his own future in his hands and depends on luck to change the course of his life. When 2 Chinese men come knocking on his doors, he takes it up without knowing the consequences. Of course, finally he rises up to the occasion, learns martial arts with few domestic moves (wish, they were as easy) and defeats the villain in the end. There is an accomplice in grey shades, who also changes to the side of good from evil and they all live happily ever after. I think, the producers didn't get much chance to shoot at different places in China. Only Great Wall of China was used in few places, which must have come under promotion of Tourism in China. So, don't expect to see much of China in the movie either. So, Chandni Chowk was as much on sets, as China.
Deepika looked good in Indian and Chinese avatars. Though, she had few scenes to enact. Thats about it. The scenes where twins are exchanged or, where they just miss each other...because, they were looking in the opposite direction were also "so, so" unreal. The expressions of Hindi movie stars on finding, that they have a long lost twin or father hasn't changed over the years. Same kind of eye movement and nod to indicate matching has been done to death. Where is innovation in Hindi theaters.
Also, some of the characters come without any context or explanation. Mithun did justice to his small role. Ranvir Shorey was just about ok. I think, the hapless Chinese villagers acted better than some of the leading cast. Same can be said about Gordon Liu and the fluent Hindi speaking Inspector Chiang. Both of them can look forward to a prosperous career in Bollywood. When Inspector chiang suffers a long term memory loss and regains it after 20 yrs, the audience can also probably take refuge in a 3 hr memory loss, once they enter the theaters.
Next time, Warner Brothers wants to do a Bollywood film, they better hire a Hollywood director. At least they would have done more research than our very own Nikhil Advani. The movie wouldn't be lacking in technical department either.
Still, CC2C can take solace...its definitely not the worst movie from India. its just an average watch. But, of course, not everyone is a critic. Some watch movies just to enjoy them and forget their worries in real world.