Chandni Chowk to China is directed by Sidharth Sharma (who also wrote and produced). The movie stars Arshad Warsi, Arbaaz Khan and Mithun Chakraborty. Arshad plays a young man named Sidhu, brought up in the Himalayas and trained as a warrior in the martial arts. His sister Sakhi plays the film, and is a police Inspector at the National Standardization and Monitoring Council (NSM). She accepts the post of inspector in a rough area where her father had once been a tough local crime boss (Sharma himself was a key player in the Kahela gang). Sakhi later learns that her father was indeed killed by thugs working for a local politician, and has his head shaved before being cremated. On her quest to find the killers, Sakhi crosses paths with Sidhu, but thinks hes a loner destined to die soon. Both Sakhi and Sidhu are attacked, but given a mysterious cut on the hand, and a vial of some magic liquid, they manage to escape their attackers. Sakhi tries to escape with the vial, but is stopped by Hojo, the evil leader of the local crime lord Kahela, a local politician who is also the brother of Sakhi father. But Sidhu is attracted to Sakhi, and is now convinced of her innocence. Sidhu manages to beat Hojo at a soccer game played by the local gangs in the middle of the streets, and soon after Sakhi also beats Hojo.
Where Chandni Chowk to China falls down is with the romance storyline. Its a neat concept, ostensibly two rival powerhouses of influence falling to the romantic charms of the same guy. Its actually a little too neat and tidy for it to work, with both men appearing to be a tad too deferential to their lovers to be comfortable and effective characters. Of course that may be a function of the typically lazy Bollywood script writer! The brothers relationship is also handled a bit clumsily, with Liu Sheng eventually testing Ziyi Chen in ways that dont feel very organic. Once the roles are reversed and Ziyi Chen picks up a knife, the film devolves into a melodramatic affair that is neither funny nor gripping. 3d9ccd7d82