Akshay Kumar’s Chandni Chowk to China sequel?

Just before Akshay Kumar’s Chandni Chowk to China January 16, 2008 release, there is talk of a sequel to the movie.

Chandni Chowk to China poster

Chandni Chowk to China poster

Reports have quoted Nikhil Advani, director of Chandni Chowk to China, as saying that Warner Bros. wants to make a sequel to the film. He also says that a three-film deal has been signed with Warner Bros.

While, another report has quoted executive vice president Warner Bros International, Richard Fox, as saying that the studio does not have grand expectations for the new film. “Our film is totally in Hindi, so we’re going in especially in a market like this (in the United States), in the UK, in Australia. Our audiences here don’t like subtitled movies so we’re going in with a handicap right away,” Channelnewsasia has reported.

CNN IBN has quoted Nikhil Advani as saying, “It is upto Warner Bros. Am sure they would like us to make a sequel. We need to work out the logistics.”

So, what’s the deal here? Is there going to be a sequel to Chandni Chowk to China or not?

I am inclined to think that this is Advani’s attempt at some pre-release marketing where he is being deliberately ambiguous, or the media is making up stuff as they go along. Tacky.

Akshay Kumar in a still from Chandni Chowk to China

Akshay Kumar in a still from Chandni Chowk to China

It is likely that a Chandni Chowk to China sequel may have surfaced in discussions but I cannot visualize Warner Bros. committing to a three-movie sequel. That too of a movie, which sounds like a typical Akshay Kumar Punjabis-just-wanna-have-fun movie with a storyline so thin, you’ll think you imagined it.

But then Chandni Chowk to China has been scripted by Sridhar Raghavan, writer of movies such as, Khakee, Deewar: Let’s Get Our Heroes Home, Apaharan, Bluffmaster!, and Family:Ties of Blood. So, there is hope yet in terms of the storyline.

Director Nikhil Advani has directed Kal Ho Na Ho and Salaam-E-Ishq. The former was decent but smacked too much of Karan Johar, so one is not entirely sure who actually directed the movie. The latter was wannabe intense, but turned out to be too superficial.

Deepika Padukone in Chandni Chowk to China

Deepika Padukone in Chandni Chowk to China

Maybe Advani will do better with a movie like Chandni Chowk to China that does not take itself too seriously.

Chandni Chowk to China stars Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Mithun Chakraborty, Ranvir Shorey, Chia Hui Liu, and Roger Yuan.

The plot of the movie revolves around a cook at a road-side dhaba, who is lured to China by two Chinese men who claim that is the reincarnation of a Chinese warrior.

Chandni Chowk to China claims to have thrilling martial art stunts coordinated by Huen Chiu-Ku, stunt coordinator of movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Kill Bill 1, and Kill Bill 2.

Deepika Padukone photo

Deepika Padukone photo

Chandni Chowk to China was produced at a cost of around $9 million. The movie is the first Hindi flick to be produced by Warner Bros. Chandni Chowk to China will be released in 125 screens in the US and Canada in 50 plus markets.

The movie will also open in 80 theatres in the UK.

Chandni Chowk to China hopes to top Ghajini’s mammoth box office collections of Rs 200 crore.

They may come really close, but a sequel? No way.

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