Why not Chandni Chowk to Bangkok?December 17th, 2008 - 4:23 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
The movie’s name might be Chandni Chownk to China but in reality the the picture was supposed to be shot in China but had to make do with Bangkok instead.
The shooting in China was done for a while and after the shooting the starrer Akshay Kumar and the crew realised that the Beijing Olympics were affecting the shoot.
“It was the year of the Olympics in China and it became impossible beyond a point to shoot,” director Nikhil Advani said, “we might have been able to make a quieter movie, but not the kind of action that Akshay has shot.”
The shoots were then moved to Thailand. “Bangkok’s topography is quite similar to China. Also, it’s a very Bollywood-friendly country,” said Nikhil, “So we just had to let go of the real country because of what the action scenes required.”
In this picture Akshay will be seen in the fight sequences with Gordon Liu. Yet the Indians still remember him as the hero of the master kung fu movie 36th Chamber of Shaolin. He also played a role in Kill Bill. Akshay also fights Roger Yuan.
“Roger is the only Asian actor who works out of Bollywood. He and Gordon play arch villains, I’ve a cast of actors who are stalwarts in China,” says Nikhil, “They held their own against Akshay, even when they were taken out of their home ground and put into Bangkok masquerading as China!”
Also see in action in the film will be the original 80s action hero, Mithun Chakraborty.
“Action is the backbone of my film. While other films have item songs, ‘Chandni Chowk To China’ has item action. It’s the action scenes that move the plot forward. The songs are extremely situational. I’m very lucky. I got Bappi Lahiri to re-do his ‘Bambai se aaya mera dost’,” said Nikhil.
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