From Chutney in India to Chow Mein in
China, "Chandni Chowk to China" follows one man's passage
from simple cook to kung fu fighter on a thrilling, madcap
journey from the by-lanes of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, India,
to the grandeur of the Great Wall of China and beyond. The
first-ever Bollywood kung fu action comedy, the film brings
together the two largest Asian communities, India and China,
on one cinematic canvas.
Starring Bollywood's biggest action star, Akshay Kumar, the
film parallels the actor's own journey to fame: Kumar worked
as a cook before pursuing his passion for martial arts.
"Chandni Chowk to China" also stars stunning
model-turned-actress Deepika Padukone, Bollywood veteran
Mithun Chakraborty, Ranvir Shorey, and Chinese martial arts
expert and actor Gordon Liu ("Kill Bill: Vols. 1 and 2").
Nikhil Advani ("Kal Ho Na Ho") directed the film from a
screenplay by Shridhar Raghavan ("Bluff Master," "Khakhee").
Ramesh Sippy, Mukesh Talreja and Rohan Sippy are the
The film also features stunts choreographed by veteran
martial arts stunt coordinator Huen Chiu-Ku, whose credits
include "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Kill Bill: Vols.
1 and 2" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." The
musical trio Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy composing the eclectic
score, an eclectic Indo-Chinese fusion inspired by the music
of China and India.
"Chandni Chowk to China" focuses on the epic heroic journey
of Sidhu (Kumar), a simple cook from Chandni Chowk who longs
to escape his dreary existence and looks for shortcuts with
everything from astrologers and tarot readers to a magic
potato, believing in anything and everything except himself.
His fate changes when two strangers from China claim him to
be a reincarnation of a war hero from the past and enlist
him to come back with them to their village in China.
His opportunistic translator, Chopstick (Ranvir Shorey),
tells Sidhu of the women, wine and princely existence that
await him in foreign lands; what Chopstick doesn't tell him
is that he has become the village's best hope to take on the
vicious gangster Hojo (Gordon Liu), who has been terrorizing
them. Along the way, Sidhu meets Sakhi, played by Deepika
Padukone ("Om Shanti Om"), a stunning TV model who has
embarked on her own adventure to pay homage to the land of
her birth, her dead father and twin. Padukone also portrays
Sakhi's long-lost twin sister, Meow.
Soon, Sidhu realizes he is in way over his head and faces
imminent defeat without a miracle. Only at his lowest point
does he meet a Kung Fu master (Roger Yuan) who can help
Sidhu find his inner hero, set the village free, and pursue
the love of his life.
"Chandni Chowk to China" was shot at locations across Asia,
including the Great Wall of China, Thailand and India.
"Chandni Chowk to China" will be distributed in North
America by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros.
Entertainment Company. The film's release will mark one of
the largest for any Bollywood film in the United States.
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