Films

Chandni Chowk to China

January 16th 2009
  • Action/Comedy,
  • PG-13,
  • 154 min,
  • Warner Bros. Pictures
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  • Cast: Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Mithun Chakraborty, Ranvir Shorey, Gordon Liu, Roger Yuan, Yuk-Ting Lau, Jun Li, Chang En Lu, Conan Stevens, Kevin Wu
  • Director: Nikhil Advani
  • Writers: Rajat Arora, Shridhar Raghavan
  • Producers: Nikhil Advani, Ramesh Sippy, Rohan Sippy, Mukesh Talreja
  • Casting: Mo Lan
  • Costume Design: Jaimal Odedra
  • D.O.P.: Himman Dhamija
  • Editor: Aarif Sheikh
  • Musics: Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani

Storyline

Sidhu(Akshay Kumar) is the lowest on the totem pole, cutting vegetables at road side food stall in Chandni Chowk in Delhi. He longs to escape his dreary existence and looks for shortcuts with astrologers, tarot reader and fake fakirs, basically anything except himself, despite his father figure Dada's (Mithun Chakravorty) best efforts.

His redeeming moment arrives when two strangers from China claim him as reincarnation of a war hero in the past and take him to china. Sidhu now dreams of wine, women and princely existence in foreign lands. Thanks to the devious translator, a conman by the name Chopstick(Ranvir Shorey), little does he know that he is being taken to the promised land to rid the Chinese village of the vicious smuggler Hojo(Gordon Liu)!

So Sidhu blissfully sets forth to China with Chopstick who instigates dreams of a delicious future and forgets to reveal the perils which await him. Along the way he meets Sakhi(Deepika Padukone), Ms. Tele Shoppers Media (Ms TSM) who has embarked on a journey to pay homage to the land of her birth and her dead father and twin.

Initially Sidhu through a series of lucky coincidences manages to sidestep being beaten by Hojo's men but finally Hojo catches up with him and exposes him as the country buffoon that he really is. Sidhu has the fire of revenge in his belly and finds the one man who will make him Kungfu expert and set the village free. Armed with his Sifu(master), faith in himself and the love of the fair Sakhi Sidhu sets forth to conquer all.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; Jin Shan Ling, China
  • MPAA Warning: Violence and martial arts action
  • Production Budget: $12 million
  • Production Companies: R.S. Entertainment, Orion Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Production Schedule: January 2008 - June 2008

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Trivia

This is the first Bollywood film distributed by Warner Brothers.

The film was originally titled "Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo" and later "Mad in China."

First Indian production to be shot in China.

The film's teaser poster (Akshay Kumar in a Chinese robe, carrying a sword-kebab) was designed by Rohan Sippy. Sippy went to Kumar with this poster and said he wanted to make a film with him, centering on this concept. Sippy also developed the fundamental plot from this poster in about three months.

Akshay Kumar claims that this film is semi-autobiographical: Sidhu is a cook who grew up in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, just like Kumar had.

This is the first film where the Chinese government has allowed a fight to be shot on the Great Wall.

The fight on the Great Wall was shot in seven days. It was originally planed to be shot in 20 days but the Chinese government would only allow for seven days for tourism purposes. Those seven days were extremely busy; Akshay Kumar, who usually shoots for only 10 hours a day, had to shoot for 18 hours in chilly conditions on the Wall.

Akshay Kumar is a big fan of co-star Chia Hui Liu, having watched Liu's Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978) about 100 times.

A song in the film is titled "India Se Aaya Mera Dost." This is a twist on the Bombay to Goa (1972) song "Bombay Se Aaya Mera Dost," which is a favourite song of Bappi Lahiri.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 15 January 2009 : Australia, Germany, Singapore
  • 16 January 2009 : India, Netherlands, UK
  • 25 July 2009: Japan