36 China Town
|36 China Town|
|Produced by||Subhash Ghai|
|Written by||Shyam Goel|
Isha Koppikar (Special Appearance)
|Music by||Himesh Reshammiya|
|Distributed by||Sony Music|
|Release date(s)||May 5,
|Running time||140 min.|
36 China Town is a Bollywood film directed by Abbas-Mustan. The film is a murder mystery which stars Akshaye Khanna,
Upen Patel and Isha Koppikar. The film was released in May 2006. It was considered a failure by critics who criticised it for its weak storyline and lack of suspense but it still managed to be moderately successful at the box office, partially due to the elements of comedy in the film. It is considered to be an above average hit. .
Sonia Chang (Isha Koppikar), a casino owner, lives in her huge mansion 36 China Town. She has one son whom she loves very dearly. When her son goes missing, she becomes distraught and offers 25 lakh rupees as a reward.
Raj (Shahid Kapoor) and Priya (Kareena Kapoor) stumble upon each other and come across the missing child. They decide to split the reward money. They catch a bus to Goa in order to return the child. Upon reaching 36 China Town near midnight, they call Sonia Madam, but getting no reply they decide to investigate the house and search for Sonia. Inside they find Sonia Chang's dead body. They are shocked and flee from the mansion so that they don't get accused of murder. Suddenly they realize that they have left the child in the mansion and the killer may cause harm to the child too. Raj goes to get the child back, and when he sees two menacing eyes and two legs behind the partition of the sofa set, he flees from the mansion along with the child as fast as he can.
Priya realises that she has left her suitcase in the mansion, and so Raj goes back to the mansion to retrieve the suitcase, but the police have already arrived, and catch him. In fact, it was Raj who had called the police, putting on a different voice. Soon Priya also becomes a suspect, and the child is given over to the servants of the mansion.
Then, the killer is shown covering Sonia Chang's corpse with plastic and then using Priya's suitcase as container to put the dead body in.
Priya's suitcase is left on the street and K.K. (Johnny Lever), a gambler, takes the suitcase home thinking that there is money in it. But it has Sonia Chang's body in it. He and his wife get scared, and try to dispose of the suitcase, but instead get caught and become murder suspects as well.
When police inspector Karan(Akshaye Khanna) comes to investigate the murder, he has evidence against all the different suspects, but doesn't know who really committed the murder.
Rocky (Upen Patel) also becomes a suspect when Raj realizes that Rocky was the person hiding behind the partition when he went to get the child back (he noticed the same two eyes and same two legs).
The people suspected of committing the murder are Priya (Kareena Kapoor), Raj (Shahid Kapoor), Rocky (Upen Patel), KK (Johnny Lever), Natwar (Paresh Rawal), Gracy (Payal Rohatgi) and Ruby (Tanaaz Currim).
However, the killers are, in a dramatic twist, revealed to be Mr and Mrs Lobo - the servants of Sonia Chang. Sonia Chang had written in her will that if she dies, her money would go to the person nearest to the child, which were the servants. One day Sonia Chang realized that her servants were not loyal but were greedy and were looking for ways to get her money. She decided to change her will, but before she could decide whom to name as the beneficiary in her will, she was murdered by Mr. and Mrs. Lobo.
Cast and characters
|Character's name||Played by|
|Raj Malhotra||Shahid Kapoor|
|Sonia Chang (Guest Appearance)||Isha Koppikar|
|(Guest Appearance) in song Jab Kabhi||Tanushree Dutta|
|Sweetu (Guest Appearance)||Priyanka Chopra|
- Director: Abbas-Mustan
- Producer: Subhash Ghai
- Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya
- Screenplay: Shyam Goel
- Story: Shyam Goel
- Art Direction: R. Verman Shetty
- Cinematography: Ravi Yadav
- Editing: Hussain A. Burmawala
- Choreography: Ganesh Acharya
- Lyrics: Sameer
- Akshay Kumar was considered for Akshaye Khanna's role.
- Upen Patel's debut film.
- This is Shahid Kapoor & Kareena Kapoor's second film together.
- The movie is the Bollywood adaptation of Once Upon A Crime,
and Richard Lewis.
- The 36 China Town Mansion is originally located in Malaysia.
- Before the release date, the producer did not let anyone view this film, including the actors.
- Priyanka Chopra did a guest appearance in this film.
|Films directed by Abbas Mustan|
|Sajan Tara Sambharna (1985) |
• Moti Veerana Chowk (1987)
• Agneekal (1989)
• Khiladi (1992)
• Baazigar (1993)
• Daraar (1996)
• Soldier (1998)
• Baadshah (1999)
• Chori Chori Chupke Chupke (2001)
• Ajnabee (2001)
• Humraaz (2002)
• Taarzan: The Wonder Car (2004)
• Aitraaz (2004)
• 36 China Town (2006)
• Naqaab (2007) •