Chandni Chowk to China (2009)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 38 mins

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Sidhu's friend Chopstick cons him into believing that he's the reincarnation of a slain Chinese revolutionary. Sidhu visits China to save his people but faces many challenges and even possibly, death.
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Cast: Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone

Crew: Nikhil Advani (Director), Himman Dhamija (Director of Photography), Manikandan V (Director of Photography), Ehsaan Noorani (Music Director), Loy Mendonsa (Music Director), Roger David (Music Director), Shankar Mahadevan (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Release Dates: 16 Jan 2009 (India)

Tagline: This Diwali, two great civilizations... will wish they had never met!

Hindi Name: चांदनी चौक टू चाइना

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Did you know? The fight on the Great Wall was shot in seven days. It was originally planned 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, and had to shoot for 18 hours enduring chilly conditions on the Wall. Read More
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as Sidhu / Liu Sheuyn
as Sakhi / Suzy 'Meow Meow' 'Miss TSM'
as Han
as Hojo
as Joey
as Buisnessman
as Buyer
as Wong
as Frankie
as Chopstick
as Inspector Chiang Kohung
Supporting Actor

Direction

Director
First Assistant Director
Associate Director
Assistant Director

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Story Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Key Grip
Crane Operator

Animation

Animator

Art

Art Director
Assistant Art Director

Casting

Casting Director

Choreography

Choreographer

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Assistant Costume Designer
Costume Assistant

Editorial

Editor
Supervising Editor

Stunts

Stunt Director
Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Spoken Languages:
Cantonese, English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
This Diwali, two great civilizations... will wish they had never met!
Their village destroyed, they travelled in search of hope. They followed a prophecy to find their ancient warrior reborn.
Goofs:
Continuity
At the end of his final encounter with Sidhu, Hojo throws his stick at Sidhu who breaks it. Then there is a long shot which shows them both before they begin fighting and magically the sticks back at Hojos side again.

Factual Mistake
Towards the beginning of the film the narrator mentions that the 'The Great Wall of China" is the only man made object visible from Space. However, it has been scientifically proven that for a human being to be able to see "The Great Wall of China" from Space a resolution of 7.7 times better than normal vision would be required, making that statement an impossibility

Factual Mistake
On numerous occasions the name of the "legendary warrior" was shown as Liu Sheng. But in the center of the village, there is a statue of him, and his name is inscribed to be Liu Qing. Close pronunciation, but very, very different when written down.

Factual Mistake
Below the Great Wall of China there is a monument, which upon Sidhul's arrival was introduced by village leaders to be something like "the tombstone of Liu Sheng the great warrior". But actually what inscribed on the monuments actually means "The Greatwall: Keystone Historical Site of Hebei Province".
Trivia:
Akshay Kumar claims that this film is semi-autobiographical: Sidhu is a cook who grew up in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, just like Kumar had done before he entered the movie business.

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 planned 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, and had to shoot for 18 hours enduring chilly conditions on the Wall.

Akshay Kumar is a big fan of co-star Chia-Hui Liu, having watched Liu's "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin," about 100 times.

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.

There is a song in the film is titled "India Se Aaya Mera Dost." This is a twist on the Bombay to Goa song "Bombay Se Aaya Mera Dost," which is an all time favourite of Bappi Lahiri.

Interestingly, in the opera scene, the date on the Opera Night ticket reads "16 January 2009". This is the actual release date of the film.

This is a historically significant movie as it is the first Indian production to be shot in China.

This film was banned in Nepal for the insinuation that Buddha was born in India. Buddha was actually born in Lumbini, which is in Nepal.

It has been noted that the movie bears a resemblance to Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (as well as its Hollywood remake, The Magnificent Seven), which is about Japanese villagers hiring a group of swordsmen to fight off rampaging bandits.

This is Warner Bros. Pictures' first Hindi film, while being only the third Bollywood film to be made and distributed in partnership with a major Hollywood studio.

The film was originally titled "Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo" and later "Mad in China," before the eventual title was officially finalised.
Movie Connection(s):
References: Bombay to Goa (Hindi)
Features: Salaam-E-Ishq (Hindi)