Thursday, January 15, 2009
Chandni Chowk to China
Saw the film last evening and wanted to enjoy it. Because I like Akshay Kumar's goofy smile and pretty much everything about Deepika Padukone. Unfortunately, Akshay spent most of the film shedding tears, and Deepika appears to have spent most of the time since Om Shanti Om gaining weight. She's lucky that, like Manisha Koirala, added kilos don't show on her face.
He's definitely too old for roles like this. Recall the scene in Tashan where Kareena Kapoor reveals she is his childhood sweetheart. He looks puzzled, as if wondering "How come you've aged only ten years to my thirty?"
If you want to know what Chandni Chowk to China is like, think Manmohan Desai formula flick meets Kung Fu Panda. It's a promising mix, and the movie is consistently adequate, but never exciting, hurt by tepid songs and dances, unimaginative sets and shoddy special effects.
If the brain-dead Singh is Kinng could be a hit, Chandni Chowk to China deserves to do well at the multiplex. There's little else to say, except that the Great Wall of China is NOT visible from outer space.