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36 China Town: Stay far, far away!

Raja Sen | May 05, 2006 21:28 IST

A 36 line review for a film best left alone:

Why can't directors make up their mind?
Isn't there a difference between farce and thrill?
Abbas-Mastan disagree; burden the undersigned
With slapstick, a bad cast, *and* a view to a kill.

Win exciting prizes!

The film opens with bikinis, and a Reshammiya song,
and Upen Patel makes his (thankfully dubbed) debut.
A shadowy murder takes place, Shahid comes along
and -- tragically for the narrative -- decides to sing too.

The SRK-wannabe is called Raj here. Malhotra, to boot.
Earnestly, he hams it up as a desperate struggling actor.
There might not be much 'acting' there; this role he does suit,
and the narrative merrily meanders, murder no more a factor.

Kareena Kapoor plays an heiress with awful taste in men.
Her character, Priya, is an admittedly pretty runaway.
The two get their hands over an offshoot of a gambling den,
a little tyke with a reward on his head. Problems solved, yay!

They head towards Goa, where this bizarre Chinatown lies,
encountering many an insufferable character as they go.
A pack of harmless buffoons with beady, suspicious eyes,
What all this is leading to: the audience does not know.

Kareena, Shahid in a soup

Isha Koppikar lies dead; well, so long as she isn't asked to act.
Dick Tracy hat in place, Inspector Akshaye gets his turn.
He purses lips, raises eyebrows -- turns a caricature exact,
of latter-latter-day Devsaab, except his cigarette won't burn.

The suspects are utterly uninteresting, a gallery of fools:
Johnny Lever is patently unfunny; poor Paresh Rawal tries.
Insignificant women shriek as the story draggingly unspools,
with logic long-gone, creating a painful plot without surprise.

Like murder mysteries of yore, the suspects are clustered,
Shahid-Lolo sing a song, but why're the innocents so shifty?
The clueless know-it-all detective really has us flustered,
finally riding to an anticlimax we'd call 'dated' even in 1950.

36 China Town is a stupid film, and an inexplicable production,
it's mere merit being the fact that it's not grossly offensive.
A 'mystery' riddled with plotholes, bereft of any bright deduction.
Anyone suggests you watch this, you had best be apprehensive!

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Number of User Comments: 136

Sub: Average movie , but not worst, Raja.Sen !!!

Why do the rediff ppl always write bad reveiws for good movies and good to bad ones ? Ok i agree 36 china town is ...

Posted by Swathi.B.R

Sub: it is really a good movie

yeah i have seen this movie & this is really a fantastic comedy with actions and thrills in my opinion it is a good movie

Posted by niyati

Sub: views

hi, the movie was fantastic. it was very much as we had expected it to be. the songs & more over the choreography was very ...

Posted by chandni

Sub: Raja Sen - Get back to senses

Raja Sen - Get back to senses..Were you drunk when you reveiwed this movie..

Posted by Ashutosh

Sub: Another Remake from America

I just finished watching the DVD of this movie and I knew it looked familiar. It's a remake of an American fim called "Once Upon ...

Posted by Jeff



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