Chandni Chowk to China – AKA Warner Bros. to India

So Hollywood giant Warner Bros. has decided to join Walt Disney Pictures and Sony on the Bollywood scene. Sony got its toes wet last year with Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s “Saawariya”, while Walt Disney Pictures collaborated on the animated fall release“Roadside Romeo”, with voices provided by real-life couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. But here comes the biggest of the big studios with its own (ad)venture into Hindi cinema. Forget wetting one’s toes with this one, “Chandni Chowk to China”, starring superstar Akshay Kumar, is a splash! If you doubt me, all you really need to do is go to the movie’s website – complete with a rockin’ video game, a link to purchase the soundtrack and cool downloads – to realize I am calling it right on this one! 

The film is scheduled to open in a wide release – by Hindi cinema abroad standards anyway – on January 16th, after some difficulties which included re-shooting some pivotal scenes with Mr. Kumar. Apparently, the masters had been damaged in post-productions and this has pushed the release to the middle of January. With no competition in sight – Aamir Khan’s “Ghajini” has been in the theater for more than three weeks by now – the CC2C, as it is known for short, is going to be the heat factor we all need during the cold and gloom of our winter. The film also stars Deepika Padukone and personal favorite, the wonderfully complex character and multiplex actor Ranvir Shorey

Yours truly saw it in previews last night and totally, utterly enjoyed it to the max. It’s action, fun, great Chinese clothes and a wonderful scene with a whole army of warriors dressed in gold, in front of the Forbidden City – courtesy of Film City, of course!! But really, I encourage you NOT to take my word for it and see for yourself. For those of you who have a good knowledge of Hindi cinema, you will enjoy the inside jokes, about past films like “Hum Dil De Chucke Sanam” and “Disco Dancer”… And for the boys, Deepika looks absolutely ravishing as twins, especially in her “Chinese” role. I imagine most girls will be getting bangs – hair fringes – after seeing her glamorous do.

If you are in NYC, for a complete India to China experience, then finish off your evening at Chinese Mirch on Lexington Avenue in Curry Hill, for some fabulous Indo-Chinese cuisine, bound to warm up your tummy, after CC2C has managed to warm up your hearts. N-joy!

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