36 China Town
Producer: Mukta Arts
Director: Abbas Burmawalla , Mustan Burmawalla
Cast: Akshaye Khanna,Shahid Kapoor,Kareena Kapoor,Upen Patel,Paresh Rawal,Johny Lever,Payal Rohatgi,Isha Koppikar
Music: Sameer, Himesh Reshammiya
Madam Sushmita is the owner of one of the biggest casinos in Bangkok. She also runs a number of the biggest illegal businesses in the city. This makes her rich, but the only love in her life is her young son. When he suddenly goes missing, she is distraught. She offers a huge reward with the intention of bringing her son back, but fate has a different game to play.
Raj (Shahid Kapoor) and Priya (Kareena Kapoor), two strangers struggling to make a living in a new city find the child and decide to split the reward money given by Madam Sushmita. On this trip, they begin to strike up a friendship, with each other and the child. When they finally reach the Madam's palace late at night, they find the Madam dead.
In a panic they run from the palace but leave their suitcase and their footprints behind. Soon they are chief suspects in the murder and the police is crawling the city looking for them. Inspector Akshay (Akshaye Khanna) is given charge of the case and as he investigates what appears to be a simple case, he realizes that in fact with each step forward he takes, a whole new set of suspects with a whole new set of motives crop up complicating matters more.
Theses suspects include Sonia and Vicky, a married couple, a high society playboy (Upen Patel) and of course the age old house butler (Paresh Rawal). Akshay soon realizes that all the suspects seem to have watertight alibi's for the murder of Sushmita but he knows someone is lying and he must prove who that person is, to save Raj and Priya and prove their innocence.
Abbas-Mustan's films are known for their suspense and mystery. Also the combination of Subhash Ghai as a producer generates high anticipation for 36 China Town. However the film fails badly. There is no thrill in the film and does not hold the interest of the audience at all. Also the climax is a huge letdown and just not what you would expect from Abbas-Mustan. The script is poor, dialogues are pathetic, performance is okay; there are too many songs, the suspense factor is not present and the climax is thoroughly disappointing.
Akshaye Khanna is average in his performance, Kareena Kapoor is pretty but does not have an integral role, Shahid Kapoor still needs to work on his acting to perform better, Paresh Rawal and Johny Lever were pleasant in their humourous avatars. Isha Koppikar, Tanaaz Currim, Payal Rohatgi are present only to balance out the number of men in the film. Upen Patel's debut is just average. The rest in their roles are able. Overall watch the movie at your own risk.