East meets East in ‘Chandni Chowk to China’

Chandni Chowk to China, the Bollywood extravaganza meets kung fu flick, is being released in the U.S. this weekend. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

It’s almost impossible to describe the effervescent madness that unspools onscreen in “Chandni Chowk to China,” which Warner Bros. has dubbed the first “Bollywood kung fu action comedy” and opens Friday in the Bay Area. Like Chandni Chowk itself, a teeming market at the center of densely packed Delhi, this movie strains at the seams with sensation, making its running time of two hours and 20 minutes somewhat exhausting but never boring.

And though its ingredients seem random – a lowly Indian food vendor revealed as the reincarnation of an ancient Chinese warrior! separated-at-birth twins, one a dance queen, the other a kung fu femme fatale! Bolly-style dance routines in the Forbidden City! the god Ganesha embodied in the form of a potato! – like the tastiest culinary creations of both cultures, the oddly juxtaposed textures and flavors come together in surprisingly harmonious union. In fact, Asian pop enthusiasts will be excused if they wonder why no one else had thought of the combination before.

Read also a review from the San Jose Mercury News. Watch the trailer, via YouTube:

And a video from the soundtrack:


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