Bollywood star Deepika Padukone takes a chance on Chandni.
CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA (Nikhil Advani). 154 minutes. Subtitled. Opens Friday (January 16). See Movies.
Bollywood takes an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to cinema, believing, as Oscar Wilde did, that nothing succeeds like excess.
Of course, Wilde could never have imagined a Looney Tunes kung fu romantic comedy like Chandni Chowk To China, the first Bollywood film to get a Hollywood studio release.
Akshay Kumar stars as a simple-minded fast food cook and reincarnated would-be warrior whose destiny takes him from Delhi to China, where he's trained to kick ass Shaolin-style between Bollywood dance numbers so he can free local villagers from tyrannical rule. To explain more of the plot would be pointless and would probably only make it seem more senseless than it is.
Suffice it to say that a lot of cartoonish Kung Fu Hustle-style CGI-assisted wire fu takes place (including an amazing battle on the Great Wall) amid the silliness. Oh yeah, and the totally awesome Gordon Liu (The 36 Chambers Of Shaolin, Kill Bill) shows up in a bowler borrowed from James Bond villain Oddjob.
But at 154 minutes, too much is just too much unless you're a big fan of Bollywood spectacles.