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36 China Town Reviews

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May 4, 2017
It started off slow, but it got more interesting. One thing I didn't care for was the music as I expected better from a Bollywood movie. (First and only viewing - 1/11/2014)
½ June 6, 2016
36 China town does a good job at being a suspense movie while still adding a bit of humor, to keep it light-hearted.
February 4, 2015
Funny moments; classic whodunnit
½ June 21, 2014
"36 China Town" is an average suspenful comedy thriller. The main big problem of this movie is that often gets off from the track, and few droll scenes and as it is a murder mystery movie, the cops who try to find the murderer use a very classical way of finding the murderer, and the movie has a poor finale, hardly thrilling but has few good well performed comical characters and scenes
November 2, 2013
One line summary: Murder mystery plus comedy of errors in the gambling resort of Goa.

From the opening in Goa, this seems to be a film about the relentlessly meaningless problems of the entitled, the rich, the decadent, and the pointless. That is, the fat-cat parasites who live in lavish settings in the resort city of Goa, India. Gambling seems to be one of the main tools for separating fools from their money. As the film progresses one sees other means of separating the money: exotic dancers, gigolos, corruption in the film industry, and so on. Playboy/gigolo Rocky seems to be at the centre of everything; we'll see how long that lasts. He seems to enjoy staying with Sonia Chang at 36 China Town, the address/name of her mansion.
Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Raj made a music video which a director likes. However, he blew his savings making it, and no longer has the 1 million he needs to bribe the director to get a lead role. Priya thought she had a boyfriend interested in marrying her. Instead, he wants from her father a couple of million to start a business; if the business goes well, perhaps another million will lead to a marriage.
Priya and Raj (after a rocky start) 'adopt' a missing child in order to collect a 2.5 million reward. They just have to travel to Goa to collect it from the child's putative mother, Mrs. Sonia Chang. Unfortunately for them, the ultra-wealthy Sonia gets murdered 60 minutes into the film.
An alternate thread follows two hopeless gamblers through their ups and downs. Major losses, good-sized wins, bad blows to family fortunes are detailed. Sounds like possible homicide motives.
Priya and Raj find 36 China Town. The lights are dim and the doors unlocked. Bad signs? They go in anyway. They discover the body. They call in the murder anonymously, but Raj gets apprehended by Inspector Karan when he goes back to the scenel. He manages for a bit to keep Priya and the baby out of it.
Meanwhile, one of the gamblers finds body parts in one of his suitcases. Great stuff. Priya gets noticed, then arrested. The gambler and his wife get arrested when the body parts are discovered. Karan sorts things out. He finds the other gambler and asks to talk to his wife as well. Ah, the construction of lies is such a convoluted thing! Kana arrests the second gambler as well.
Kana lets his seven suspects go, and tells them not to leave Chinatown's Silver Jubilee.
Lovely ending. Three stars goes to four.


Cinematography: 8/10 Pleasant to the eye for the most part. The reverse video passages seem both needless and repellant.

Sound: 4/10 Yikes, major problems here. First, the subtitles are absent in passages. Second, where they are present, they tend to be sixty or so frames lagging behind the video. Third, conversations tend to have the hollow sound associated with badly miked actors.

Acting: 7/10 Reasonable. Liked the performance of Akshaye Khanna, as I did in Aap Ki Khatir.

Screenplay: 7/10 Needs compression. The story does move along, but has too much filler.

Musical Numbers: 7/10 Mixed bag. The single biggest reason I watch Bollywood films is the presence of good musical numbers. The dancing, the vibrant singing, the frequent humor, and the good-hearted silliness are a treat. In this film, though, there is way too much use of audio filters that cancel out the quality of full frequency singing. The filtering delivers castrated mush; the usual richness is defeated. It's like dropping back to 1960s audio quality. Some of the later ones were better.
½ July 12, 2013
Very funny movie. One murder and plenty stories. Johny Lever and Paresh Rawal are just so funny. Special mention to Upen Patel at his debut.
December 7, 2012
Will have to watch this one. Not necassarily good or bad. Will see. Want to watch!
July 23, 2012
Stupid fake "China Town" that fooled me. Be gone with you!
April 19, 2012
Doesn't seem interesting
June 5, 2011
An inspector heads to Chinatown, a resort, to investigate the occurrence of a crime, only to discover that in Chinatown, EVERYBODY is a criminal...

a nice comedy and then a nice thriller. liked it, a one time watch, could have been better.
Super Reviewer
½ August 25, 2010
Leads beyond my expectation. 36 China Town has its own share of moment, but the comic goof is unbearable at some point. The actors all did good, music was enjoyable and Upen Patel is undeniably good looking, oops.
½ May 31, 2010
Madame Sushmita est la propriétaire d'un des plus grands casinos à Bangkok. Elle possède également un certain nombre d'entreprises illégales dans la ville. Ceci rapporte de l'argent, et son seul amour dans sa vie est son jeune fils. Quand il va être porté disparu. Elle offre une récompense énorme à ceux qui retrouveront son fils. Raj (Shahid Kapoor) et Priya (Kareena Kapoor), deux étrangers luttants pour survivre trouve l'enfant et décide de doubler l'argent de la récompense donné par Madame Sushmita. En voyage, ils commencent à se lier d'amitié avec l'enfant. Quand ils atteignent finalement le palais de Madame tard dans la nuit, ils retrouvent Madame morte. Dans la panique ils laissent leurs valises et leurs empreintes. Peu de temps après ils sont les suspects du meurtre et la police sont après eux. L'inspecteur Akshay (Akshaye Khanna) est chargé de l'affaire, il se rend compte qu'avec chaque empreinte il a une nouvelle série de suspects qui incluent Sonia et Vicky, un couple marié; un playboy (Upen Patel) et le vieux maître d'hôtel (Paresh Rawal) Akshay. Il se rend vite compte que tous les suspects semblent avoir un alibi pour le meurtre de Sushmita - mais il sait que quelqu'un ment - et il doit prouver qui est cette personne -...
February 22, 2010
I like Kareena n Shahid.
January 3, 2010
Hilarious who-dunnit. A real blast!
July 30, 2009
Day: Saturday
Date: 6 May 2006
Amt: 60Rs
Time: 9.30pm
Over at: 12.00am
With: Ismail
Theatre: Minerva, Mumbai
Seat No: C14, C15
½ June 1, 2009
I don't like this film-sorry for the fans of shahid kapoor and the beautiful kareena
May 3, 2009
songs are gud in this movie
Super Reviewer
April 22, 2009
Here is a hilarious movie that almost reflects a bit of another crazy humorous, intriguingly suspenseful movie (Clue), but this is detailed in a different way which is followed with tons of laughter, crazy characters, funny moments, and interesting music and dancing. Great cast- Akshaye Khanna, Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Johny Lever, Isha Koppikar, Upen Patel, and Paresh Rawal. Interesting guest appearance by Priyanka Chopra. Definitely worthy!
½ April 9, 2009
great as a comedy, not a criminal at all.
½ April 7, 2009
good music & full of suspence
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