A bevy of critics has hammered Akshay Kumar’s new movie Chandni Chowk to China, which released in theatres around the world today.
Here’s a look at excerpts from some of the reviews:
“Chandni Chowk to China’s” 2 1/2 hours of shouting, gesticulating, pratfalls and groin kicks will leave viewers with an MSG headache.
Warners’ first foray into releasing a Bollywood film in the U.S. — on a record 125 screens — is likely to disappoint connoisseurs of both Indian and Chinese genres and pull in modest boxoffice results.
CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA is an unbearable masala fare that insults the intelligence of the moviegoer.
The problem with CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA is that it lacks a watertight screenplay to keep you glued for those 2.45 hours. Agreed, you don’t look for logic and reason in hardcore potboilers, but the least the director and his team of writers could do is provide loads of entertainment. Sadly, writers Shridhar Raghavan and Rajat Aroraa make mincemeat of a plot that had the potential to woo viewers from Chandni Chowk to China to Chicago to Cape Town.
So, what’s the verdict then? Enjoy Chinese food instead. This one’s a big, big, big letdown!
….On the whole, CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA is a brilliant opportunity gone appallingly wrong. The film falls way below expectations and is a major disappointment in all respects. At the box-office, the hype might translate into a bountiful weekend, that’s it. Thumbs down!
Advani and his writer Shridhar Raghavan in an attempt to give us a full-on entertainer sacrificed logic, plausibility, characterisation and even coherence.
Chandni Chowk to China is so slapdash that it feels like the script was written on the set….
Without verve and imagination, any lightweight story cannot soar. It becomes impossibly tedious.
……The actors try hard to infuse energy into the enterprise but Advani and Raghavan donâ€™t give them much to work with. Even Akshay Kumarâ€™s high beam charm, slick kung fu moves and superb comic timing could not rescue Chandni Chowk to China. This one is for die-hard fans only.
A film that makes Singh Is Kinng seem like a highly textured work of complex characterisation and nuanced writing, Chandni Chowk To China is a disastrous overbudget mess — and it may even turn out to be the one film so weak that even current box-office almighty Akshay Kumar can’t save it.
A sprawling slapstick martial-arts spoof and romantic melodrama laced with song and dance numbers – a typical Bollywood throw-in-the-kitchen-sink spectacle – Chandni Chowk is entertainingly goofy for about 30 minutes. And then, for the next two hours-plus, it’s agony.