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36 China Town (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller | 21 April 2006 (India)
A wealthy casino owner is murdered in her mansion at 36, China Town and the investigating detective uncovers multiple suspects, all with independent motives to commit the crime.


Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla (as Abbas-Mustan), Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla (as Abbas-Mustan)


Shyam Goel (story), Jitendra Parmar (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Akshaye Khanna ... Chief Police Inspector Karan
Kareena Kapoor ... Priya
Shahid Kapoor ... Raj Malhotra
Paresh Rawal ... Natwar
Payal Rohatgi ... Gracy
Johnny Lever ... K.K. (as Johny Lever)
Tanaaz Currim Irani ... Ruby (as Tanaaz Lal)
Isha Koppikar ... Sonia Chang
Tanushree Dutta ... Film heroine
Upen Patel ... Rocky
Priyanka Chopra Jonas ... Karan's wife (as Priyanka Chopra)
Vivek Shauq ... Inspector Ravi
Raj Zutshi ... Drunk
Dinyar Contractor ... Lobo (as Diniyaar Contractor)
Roshan Tirandaz Roshan Tirandaz ... Mrs. Lobo

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Multi-millionaire Sonia Chang; owner of 36 China Town hotel and Hollywood Casino is found dead with the evidences pointing towards people from different walks of life who may have a motive to murder her. But there is a major draw-back involved in this case as the police does not have concrete evidence to incarcerate any of the suspects. Written by gavin (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Vivek Shauq also worked with Akshaye Khanna's brother Rahul Khanna in Raqeeb See more »


When K.K. & Ruby (Johnny Lever and Tanaaz Currim respectively) are trying to get rid of Sonia's (Isha Koppikar) dead body with the train journey by getting the porter to wrongfully place the bag containing the dead body in a different train than the one they would be travelling in, it is seen that the porter manages to throw the bag back to them through the window of the 1st Class AC compartment they are escaping in. However, none of Indian Railways' AC compartments have windows without the toughened glass, making such a scenario impossible. See more »


Remake of Once Upon a Crime... (1992) See more »


(Remixed by Akbar Sami)
Written by Sameer
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Performed by Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan
Courtesy of Tips Cassettes & Records Co.
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Punitive treatment for the viewers
2 October 2008 | by rajantmeshramSee all my reviews

Gone are the days of yore when edge on the seat thrillers used to mesmerize you and engulf you in their hunt for the unraveling of true suspense; but encountering a film like '36 China Town' it seems that thrillers have now been reduced to a vestige of RECLINING ON THE SEAT DROOLERS, which have nothing new to roll on the screen .It would be a hyperbole to categorize films like these as thrillers and an insult to the genre, because they stand nowhere near it and every moment they either lull you to sleep or tempt you to make your way to the sign flashing in red above the cinema hall door.

The whole movie stands on a wafer thin plot and is full of frippery. The director duo has taken enough leeway on the part of the public to torture them with their newest offering. Also the films suspense does not thrust like a rapier which was common to their earlier movies like Baazigar, Khiladi etc.The film just trundles along lacking the limpet like feeling a property which most of their earlier films possessed. They seem to have lost their sleight in making suspense films which they were considered masters once. The movie stands in complete shambles due to the fact of this duo not adding the right ingredients to the cauldron of film making. So a feeling of great felicity empowers you when this ordeal comes to an end.

Considering the star cast Shahid and Kareena seem to be too much engrossed in themselves to act well. Also they shriek and shout to ear-splitting decibels at the drop of a hat.Johny Lever and Paresh Rawal fail in their usual antiques of evoking laughter. Debutant Upen Patel seems just like any other model from the fashion world flaunting his six pack abs every now and then. The only saving grace of the film is the performance by Akshaye Khanna enacting the role of a detective with élan. Then we have Priyanka Chopra at the moribund end of the movie just to encourage some whistles form the front rows.

The whole story drags along failing to arouse your alacrity at any instance and the scene where the dead body is found by Shahid and Kareena is total balderdash and the internecine quarrels of putting the blame on each other are totally childish.

All and all the film is a tawdry show and is insipid in nature. The helmsmen have certainly taken the boat the wrong way. This one certainly serves as a punitive for people who have watched this movie and wont draw rewards form the film cognoscenti and certainly wont add good words to the directors repertoire.

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Release Date:

21 April 2006 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Казино Чайна-Таун '36' See more »


Box Office


INR150,000,000 (estimated)

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Mukta Arts See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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