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36 Chinatown

Theatrical poster
Directed by Abbas-Mustan
Produced by Subhash Ghai
Written by Shyam Goel
Jitendra Parmar
Anurag Prapanna
Starring Shahid Kapoor
Kareena Kapoor
Akshaye Khanna
Music by Himesh Reshammiya
Cinematography Ravi Yadav
Editing by Hussain A. Burmawala
Distributed by Mukta Arts
Release date(s) 21 April 2006 (2006-04-21)
Running time 141 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 8,04,00,00
Gross revenue 1,30,00,00,00

36 China Town is a 2006 Bollywood film directed by Abbas-Mustan. A Bollywood adaptation of Once Upon A Crime (1992), the film is a murder mystery that follows the investigation of a police officer trying to find the killer of a wealthy casino owner, Sonia Chang.

The film stars Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor in their second film together along with actor, Upen Patel making his debut. Other cast members include Akshaye Khanna, Paresh Rawal, Johnny Lever, Payal Rohatgi and Tanaz Lal with a special appearance by Isha Koppikar and guest appearances by Priyanka Chopra and Tanushree Dutta.

Released on 30 May 2006, the film was considered a failure by critics who criticised it for its weak storyline and lack of suspense. However it managed to do moderately well at the box office, becoming an above average hit/cult thriller.[1]



China Town, with all its tinsel and glamor, is located in Goa, India, a major tourist attraction because of it's scenic beauty and casinos. Chief Inspector Karan (Akshaye Khanna) of Goa Police is told that an anonymous phone call has been received informing that the owner of 36 China Town as well as the owner of Hollywood Casino, Sonia Chang (Isha Koppikar), has been murdered. When the Police rush to the site, they do not find any dead body, but instead several hand and foot prints, including those of aspiring Bollywood actor, Raj Malhotra (Shahid Kapoor); a runaway daughter, Priya (Kareena Kapoor); an addictive gambler and hotel owner, Natwar (Paresh Rawal9 and his wife, Gracy (Payal Rohatgi); a visitor from Bombay, K.K. (Johnny Lever), and his wife Ruby (Tanaaz Currim); and a local playboy and hunk, Rocky (Upen Patel). In addition to these, the Police also have to question Lobo, the butler, and his wife, who claim they were away at the time of the crime; and last but not the least Mr.Dixit (Vivek Vaswani), Mrs. Chang's lawyer. What Karan finds is that all of these suspects are lying about their whereabouts at the time of the victim's death, and all have sufficient motive to kill Sonia, and it will be up to him to discern the truth from the lies, and not only figure out the real killer but also find sufficient evidence linking him to this crime.


Box Office

The film is a commercial success. It was a critical failure but is declared an semi hit.


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