Made in China Movie Review: This is Rajkummar Rao’s BEST Performance (And that’s Saying a Lot!)
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Made in China Movie Review: This is Rajkummar Rao’s BEST Performance (And that’s Saying a Lot!)

Made in China Movie Review: The quirky film sees Rajkummar Rao in his element with the able support of Boman Irani and Paresh Rawal

  • Movie Name Made in China
  • Director Mikhil Musale
  • Actor Rajkummar Rao, Mouni Roy, Boman Irani, Paresh Rawal, Gajraj Rao, Sumeet Vyas
  • Rating
  • Rating 4/5 Stars

Rating: ****(4 stars)

Made in China Movie Review is in! There is much to be loved in this original and  bracing  tale of a petty Gujarati  entrepreneur who hits  the big-time selling an aphrodisiac, apparently  made in China. Rajkummar Rao has never been more  credible, not even in  his most brilliant performances. His  Raghuvir Mehta is  a bit of  a  simpleton with a  heart  of gold and  the mind of  a Gujju businessman gone wrong — or  so  it seems from his hilarious  litany  of  failures about which his jerk of a  cousin (Sumeet Vyas, brilliant)  never ceases to taunt and  ridicule him.

Rao is an exceptional actor in the worst of times. Made In China gives  him a script and character  to chew and build on. And  boy, Rao has a ball! He is in full  charge  of his  vulnerable yet manipulative  character’s  jumpy destiny from failed  ridiculed petty wheeler-dealer to a nationally known controversial  aphrodisiac  entrepreneur  whose ‘Magic Soup’  apparently  kills a Chinese dignitary  visiting Ahmedabad.

Just think. Aphrodisiac from China kills Chinese  dignitary in India, As  one investigating officer  comments  colourfully, “Irony ki toh maa-bahen lag gayi.”  Exactly.

This  irreverent  warm-hearted  film never lets us down even as the  narrative format  is  complicated, unnecessarily some would say. But then who’s to decide which way the  narrative wind blows  so long as  it works?  Director Mikhil Musale is fully in-control of his protagonist’s seemingly unpredictable  destiny. The film is  fluently shot and sharply  edited, thereby giving the tangled  plot situations  ample breathing  space  to work itself out.

Rajkkumar Rao  pingpongs enticingly with several incredibly talented co-stars. I especially  liked  the  rapport he  builds with  sexologist Boman Irani, distinguished  entrepreneur  Paresh Rawal and  iconic  business philosopher Gajraj Rao. Each of the three characters  are brought to life by actors who need no prompting  to  rise and shine . The writing does the rest.

Musale is a terrific  storyteller. He  cuts  into Raj’s Raghuvir’s  hurling stumbling groaning ambitions without  interrupting them rudely.  As an interpreter  of  snarled aspirations the narrative works with caution and  compassion always leaving room  for Raghuvir’s  entrepreneurial naivete  to  cut some slack.

Another  highlight of this sharper-than-you-think dream-selling film about the  enterprising  spirit is the protagonist’s relationship with  his sexy wife (Mouni Roy) . Not  only  do they smoke and giggle secretly together  in the bathroom away from their son’s prying eyes, Raghuvir even  asks his  if she is  satisfied with  their sex life.  Not  just that,  she even threads his  eyebrows for him.  Now, which screen couple have we seen  do all of this? And then some more.

For that matter, when was the last time we say a film about cataclysmic ambitions which was so indulgent towards  its protagonist’s whimsical choices  in life?  Made In China is in many ways,  the kind of comedy never seen before. It lets  its  reluctant hero fly  with his  dreams and  yet manages to keep a cautious  control over the turbulent flight.

As  a high flier with a loser’s  luck  Rajkummar Rao is a winner all the way. There are many reasons to see Made In  China. Rao is one of them. Oh yes, another reason:   China is shot like  a character  in the plot and not  a tourist attraction. Cinematographer Anuj Rakesh Dhawan gets  the  point. When you  follow your heart  you seldom  go wrong.

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