Made In China is set in Gujarat and narrates the story of a failed business Raghuveer Mehta (Rajkummar Rao). From selling different shaped watermelons to Nepal’s carpets, Raghu has tried everything and failed in all of them. Belonging to a well-settled family, Raghu is demotivated by his cousin Devraj (Sumeet Vyas) and father Vithhal (Manoj Joshi). With the emotional support of wife Rukamani (Mouni Roy), Raghu leaves for China with this cousin Devraj in the quest of looking for an opportunity.
Through Devraj, he meets Tanmay Shah (Paresh Rawal) who is a veteran businessman and helps Raghu with some tips. He returns India convinces a sexologist Dr. Vardhi (Boman Irani) to tie-up with him and they both start selling a sex-stimulating product which eventually creates a big mess for them. The rest of the story is all about how they overcome that mess.
Niren Bhatt is very confusing not because it’s difficult to understand it but you find no solid reason about what’s happening on screen. Many sequences are unconvincing and will leave the viewers thinking about why it happened what happened.
Mikhil Musale, who has previously won a National Award for his Gujarati film Wrong Side Raju, gets Bollywood all wrong. He focuses on the essence of the film more than the content of it. Because of a weak script, even Mikhil’s good direction goes in vain.
Sachin-Jigar’s 3/4th recreated songs just add to the screentime of the film. Ironically, the only original song Valam is the best of the lot.
Karan Vyas’ dialogues serve no purpose to the narrative. They’re too plain and ordinary for a subject that’s on paper for the film. Anuj Rakesh Dhawan’s cinematographer is equally good for China and India. The raw & rustic locations add to the visual appeal. Despite a tight duration of 128 minutes, Manan Ashwin Mehta’s editing could’ve been crispier.
Rajkummar Rao, after movies like Bareilly Ki Barfi & Stree, needed a much more viable script & Made In China is not that. His character gets no scope to grow and all of his talents is wasted. Boman Irani handles some situations with his masterful acting, but at times even he is a victim of poor writing. Paresh Rawal’s cameo is a show-stealer. Mouni Roy is wasted. Sumeet Vyas & Gajraj Rao shine bright in their respective roles.
Overall, Made In China is far from unmissable & can be watched once it’s out on the digital space.
Movie: Made in China
Producer: Dinesh Vijan
Director: Mikhil Musale
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Mouni Roy, Boman Irani, Paresh Rawal, Gajraj Rao, Sumit Vyas
Writer: Niren Bhatt