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36 China Town
Producer: Mukta Arts
Director: Abbas - Mastan
Starring: Akshaye Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Johnny Lever, Upen Patel (introducing), Paresh Rawal, Tanaaz, Payal Rohatgi, (Sp. App. Isha Koppikar, Tanushree Dutta, and Priyanka Chopra)
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics: Sameer
Genre: Suspense
Recommended Audience: General
Approximate Running Time: 2.5 hrs.
Film Released on: 06 May 2006
Reviewed by: Shruti Bhasin  - Rating: 2.5 / 10
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Thrillers are not the cup of tea of all filmmakers. It takes a certain creativity to come up with a plot that will have viewers wanting to know the real story and unfold the mystery. In the past, Abbas-Mastan have been quite successful in directing films with great thriller plots like Khiladi, Ajnabee, Humraaz, etc. Sadly, 36 China Town is one of their worst films to hit cinemas. Lets take a look why…

Our story begins with a desperate and horny playboy Rocky (introducing dubbed Upen Patel) who spurts out nonsensical dialogues to girls: ‘Is your father a terrorist? Because you are a sexbomb!’ He works and/or hangs out at a popular Casino in the China Town strip run by Sonia Chang (Isha Koppikar). Her son has been kidnapped, but she gets a phone call from Raj and Priya (Shahid and Kareena) to tell her they found the kid and will travel from Mumbai to Goa to return the kid and claim a reward. Skip to the title song and we are introduced to 2 loser couples (Paresh- Payal and Johnny-Tanaaz) to build our suspect list for this murder mystery. Ok, so who dies? Sonia Chang.

The story moves a bit fast in the first half, as there is no real motive for the murder. And it is so obvious that the characters we are introduced to have nothing to do with this death. Enter the suave inspector Karan (Akshaye Khanna) who wants to solve the case. He is the only saving grace of this film, as he does not overact.

As for the other performances, we have already seen in Fida that Shahid-Kareena have great chemistry on screen, but their acting skills are not spectacular here. Upen Patel is a non-actor. Paresh Rawal and Johnny Lever crack 1-2 jokes that are passable. Payal Rohatgi is there to look bored and Tanaaz is strictly ok. Isha Koppikar is not even there for 5 minutes.

Technically, the style and suspense from past Abbas-Mastan films is missing; this film doesn’t even look like its been directed by the duo. Their direction is sloppy and jaded. I’ll blame Shyam Goel for a atrocious screenplay because all the characters look cartoonish and confused. Cinematography is decent. Art direction is suitable to theme. From the dialogues to the story this film is bad. The only good thing about this venture is the foot-tapping music of Himesh Reshammiya. Whether it’s a nauseating dream sequence or a remix, Aa a aashiqui meri, 24x7, and Jab Kabhi add relief to the plot.

Should I just reveal who the killer is? The butler did it! Note to Abbas-Mastan: it would’ve been a total shock if the killer was Akshaye Khanna. Overall, this is an awful film and a total waste of time.

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