Made In China Movie Review: Only Rajkumar Rao is the saving grace of this film.
Last Modified On: 25 October 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
A good concept is ruined by the confusing screenplay.
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Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Mouni Roy, Boman Irani
Directed By: Mikhil Musale
Made in China is a curious case of a Bollywood film that has a good and interesting plotline but poor screenplay.
Director Mikhil Musale's Bollywood puts together two very different themes to set up the story. The first is sex and the Indian mindset - a domain that commercial Hindi filmmakers have been warily stepping into only in recent times, with films such as "Vicky Donor", Shubh Mangal Saavdhan" and "Khandaani Shafakhana". The second theme is good old entrepreneurship, and how nothing defines success in a business effort as a clever hard-sell pitch.
The film revolves around the life of Rajkummar Rao's character Raghuvir Mehta/Raghu, an Ahmedabad-based shop owner who despises being called a businessman as, according to him, "entrepreneurs ideas banate hai aur businessman bas bechte hai."
Wanting to succeed on his own terms, this self-proclaimed entrepreneur, despite having a family business, keeps trying new business ideas and failing at them till the time he is forcefully asked to quit and move to China.
Though reluctantly, Raghu heads to the country of a billion and a half only to stumble upon a new idea: a key to customers' demand - an aphrodisiac. Like a missile, he gets back to India, armed with this new product, to kickstart his business. But it is not so easy. He has to deal with quite a few roadblocks first.
Rajkummar Rao is magnificently simple in the film. The actor hasn't let the shimmer of his success, especially in the past year, taint his acting. This is proven by the fact that Raghu reminds you of a lot of Deepak Singh, Rajkummar's character from his 2014 film Citylights. Though Raghu's circumstances are a little less harsh than Deepak's, Raghu mirrors an innocence that is reminiscent of Deepak.
Made In China is a perfect treat for the audience this Diwali thanks to the film's supporting star cast, who adds just the right amount of seasoning to a well-cooked storyline.
Mouni Roy as Raghu's wife is a surprise package. Though given a small role, Mouni comes with much power, owning every bit of the screen time she gets in the film. This is Mouni's second Bollywood film after last year's Gold.
Amyra Dastur, Paresh Rawal, Gajraj Rao, and Sumeet Vyas also keep you interested in them with their limited screen time. Boman Irani as Dr. Vardhi, however, is the one who gets to take the cake in Made In China.
Made In India is enjoyable in parts, and most of these parts begin rolling only after half the film has tested your patience showing precious nothing. Too much time is spent narrating the hero's marital life (Mouni Roy is Raghu's wife) and his situation at home. Raghu's initial consecutive failures are amusing but they prevent us from getting into the actual story for a while.
The post-interval part, where the plot really moves, is complemented by a well-penned climax that gives a credible ending to the themes of sex talk as well as entrepreneurship, binding them in a cohesive whole. The importance of riding sex of the taboo factor is put across without over-the-top fuss, and it fuses seamlessly with the hilarious reality about Magic Soup
Finally, the film had lot of potentials but lost in the battle of a good screenplay.
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