36 China Town

On Fri., I watched this movie on the first day of its release as I was attracted a lot by the names linked to this movie – Subhash Ghai, Himesh Reshammiya, Abbas-Mustan, Upen Patel (hyped by media), Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna (yes note down it is Akshaye and not Akshay), Paresh Rawal, Johny Lever etc.

I and Pankaj were there 45 minutes in advance as I was very hungry. So first we did pate-pooja @ McDonalds and then roamed in DT Mall where we had booked tickets in PVR.

By 2200, other friends were also joined and there we 6 were inside theatre.

The 2 things which attracts the most about this movies are its music and cast.

Music director is Himesh Reshammiya and for 1st time, I liked his music – in Ashiqui Meri…perhaps because it is having Chinese musical touch, exotic prelude, synthesizers & surrounding sounds and may be, Sunidhi Chauhan. This is my favorite song in movie – Aashiqui Meri although this stanza isnt used anywhere in this song. Another songs include – Dil Tumhare Bina, Badi Dilchaspi Hai, 24X7 I Think of You and Jab Kabhi. I liked all of them. Most of them are dance numbers.

And other is cast – it includes all the talented but struggling actors in Bollywood – Shahid Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Kareena Kapoor and Isha Koppikar. Also the new comer – Upen Patel which is just amazing although his voice is dubbed as he doesnt speak Hindi much well, but his performace was nowhere like a starter. He looked like a professional specially when is speaks dialogues like –

U R the winner of our beauty on the road contest, Is your father a terrorist – why? – because u r a sex bomb, Is ur father a druggist – why? – kyonki tum bahut nashili cheez ho.

And it also include the comedy masters – Paresh Rawal and Johny Lever – I witnessed this unique combination for first time.

Then there is Abbas-Mustan from direction side who are experts in making movies full of thriller & suspense like Baazigar, Soldier, Baadshah, Gupt and Ajnabee.

And all what was left is filled by Subhash Ghai’s banner – Mukta Arts Ltd.

Now something more – the movie starts with a lover boy – Rocky (Upen Patel) flirting with girls and the fundas are pretty original. He is shown as philanderer in China Town. At 36, China Town, there lives a Casino owner Sonia Chang (Isha Koppikar) whose son is lost and she declares Rs. 25 lakhs for the one who gets her child back. There enters Raj (Shahid Kapoor) & Priya (Kareen Kapoor) who are shown as strugglers in Bombay. they find the baby and both make big dreams of making use of money that they will get from returning the baby. They call Sonia and there starts the story. All stars gather in the party thrown by Sonia in this happy occasion. Sonia is murdered and rest is the story.

Akshaye is the inspector and his assistant is Vivek Shauq whose performance is just great. No where i is felt that it is a suspense movie. It seems like a comedy more than anything else. There are so many hilarious scenes where you cant resist urself from laughing. One cant feel bored anywhere. And that is the best part of it.

Pankaj found this movie better than Heraferi. He liked the comedy of Paresh, Johney, Shahid and Akshaye.

We all enjoyed it.

It is just the movie you wud like to watch guys. So move ahead and get ur tickets booked.

Points – 4/5.

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