Chandni Chowk to China Chandni Chowk to China is the first Bollywood movie to be released in the U.S. in the wake of the Bollywood-inflected Slumdog Millionaire . Let's… Chandni Chowk to China Chandni Chowk to China is the first Bollywood movie to be released in the U.S. in the wake of the Bollywood-inflected Slumdog Millionaire . Let's… 2009-01-16 Unrated Action/Adventure Comedy Akshay Kumar Deepika Padukone Mithun Chakraborty Ranvir Shorey Warner Bros.
Movie Review

Chandni Chowk To China (2009)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
A SARI AFFAIR Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone in Bollywood movie Chandni Chowk to China
Image credit: Sheena Sippy
A SARI AFFAIR Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone in Bollywood movie Chandni Chowk to China
EW's GRADE
D

Details Limited Release: Jan 16, 2009; Rated: Unrated; Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy; With: Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Chandni Chowk to China is the first Bollywood movie to be released in the U.S. in the wake 
 of the Bollywood-inflected Slumdog Millionaire. Let's hope it's not the last: 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 (2002). (It also lacks the demented slapstick ingenuity of Stephen Chow's 2005 Kung Fu Hustle.)

India's biggest action star, Akshay Kumar, plays a vegetable cutter from the Chandni Chowk district of Delhi who may in fact be the reincarnation of an ancient Chinese warrior. The movie is two hours and 34 minutes long, 
 and for two hours of it — before he embraces his Destiny — Kumar sputters, weeps, screams, mugs, worships a potato he thinks is a god, weeps some more, and generally carries 
 on in the hysterical fashion of a Hindi Roberto Benigni. Then everything goes all Karate Kid — though the fights are anything but kicky. There's one mildly insane disco-cheez dance number (don't get your hopes up — it's the only full-on musical sequence), plus a villain with a flying derby á la Oddjob and a heroine who looks like Beyoncé. It all makes you want to see a Bollywood movie, all right — a good one. D

Originally posted Jan 14, 2009 Published in issue #1031 Jan 23, 2009 Order article reprints
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