Friday, January 16, 2009

Chandni Chowk to China, India and Chindia

"You are looking at a film that does appalling things to Indo-Chinese relations" - Subash K Jha

Chandni Chowk to China is apparently a "movie" - backed by Hollywood - that was supposed to herald a new wave of Chindian films. The reviews say it all however. Hammy acting, ridiculous fight sequences and heaps of bluntly racist stereotyping confirm that Asia's two great cultures will remain joined by geography and little else. At least the actors have fun. The audience do not.

Given the vast gaps in understanding between the peoples of the two countries, I am convinced that Buddhism will remain the last significant cultural export from India to China.

See for yourself below

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