What does a Gujarati businessman, with 13 failed ventures to his name, do when forced to travel to China? He comes back with a top class business idea, of course!
In National Award winning director Mikhil Musale’s first Bollywood venture, Made in China, lead star Rajkummar Rao is undoubtedly the USP. As a middle-aged entrepreneur who has attempted everything from selling emu eggs to 5 star hotels to cooking up a chapati maker while running a loss in his Nepali carpet business, Raghu Bhai tugs at your heartstrings, only because Rao plays it with complete earnestness.
He’s a simple man who cooks up big ideas in his mind and wants only to make his wife Rukmini happy in the bargain. Mouni Roy plays the sultry wife whom Raghu Bhai is totally besotted with. There is a dialogue in the movie when Raghu asks Rukmini if she’s truly happy with him since he can’t understand how someone as pretty as her could be content with an average looker like him. To be quite honest, Roy looks more like a stunning item girl with her pouty lips and her navel baring saris, to the extent even we wonder what she’s doing as his wife!
Paresh Rawal plays Tanmay Bhai, whom Raghu runs into in China and who ends up teaching him some key business lessons. Gajraj Rao, as motivational speaker Abhay Mehta, also stands out. Boman Irani as the 70-year-old rockstar sexologist Dr Vardhi who partners with Raghubhai to sell his performance-enhancing Magic Soup is in his elements.
Made in China, in gist, is the story of a struggling middle-aged Gujarati businessman, and his journey to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Along with him, it is also the story of countless wannabe entrepreneurs, who dream up get-rich schemes only to fail when it comes to execution. The movie as such is an ode to dreamers who have their hearts in the right place, whether they make the success of their ventures or not.
While its title may be Made in China, the movie definitely has its heart set in India with most of the action taking place in Gujarat. It might remind you of films like Khandaani Shafakhana, which handled similar themes and the message at the end about being more open about issues of sex in India, might be a reiterated one. But it’s a movie worth a watch for those who enjoy quirky tales, with a dollop of laughter and social message. Plus of course Rajkummar Rao is an actor who doesn’t disappoint on the big screen and as the Gujju businessman Raghu Mehta, he is spot on.
Movie: Made in China
Director: Mikhil Musale
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Mouni Roy, Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Gajraj Rao, Sumeet Vyas.
Rating: 3 out of 5