was till a few days ago called the King of Bollywood who knew the tricks of making Box Office hits despite poor reviews. But one week into the release of Chandni Chowk To China it has been proved that the throne still lies with the audience who can outrightly reject a nonsense which they did in the case of Chandni Chowk To China.
Being the first major release of there year CC2C had huge expectation on its shoulder. Coming after the success of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Ghajini the movie was expected to give the industry more to cheer about after it had starved for big hits last year. Not only did CC2C flop the movie is now being put in the league of Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag, Drona but the ideal match has to be Yash Raj Films' Tashan.
Like Tashan Nikhil Advani's Chandni Chowk To China had everything a huge star cast, expensive sets, exotic locales, well shot stunt scenes and most importantly a tremendous marketing campaign. But Nikhil Advani and his team should not have forgotten the integral part of a movie the SCRIPT and the SCREENPLAY which were the only things missing in the movie!
The movie was perfect example of mindless direction on an apology of a script penned by Rajat Arora and Sirdhar Raghvan. The audience were left wondering where was the story? It seemed that stars were choreographed to perform stunts throughout the course of the movie. CC2C with its stunts and songs seemed more like a circus show that a movie.
The only difference with Tashan is that in CC2C even Akshay played a very ordinary part unlike Tashan where only his role was appreciated. Unlimited laughter coupled with funny stunts are becoming an Akshay Kumar trademark. But the problem is the audience tends to get bored with the same kind of roles served under different movie names.
Nikhil Advani should forget CC2C instead of trying to learn from its mistakes as there are too many. Akshay should realise that it takes more to be a king than some stunts and comedy. The movie was so bad that a well know celebrity called it the 'death of cinema'. Chandni Chowk To China can be a good case study for filmmakers on what not to do while making a movie.