‘Made In China’, directed by Mikhil Musale, has tried its best to normalize conversations around sex and exposing the taboo and hypocrisy surrounding it. The film is concept-driven by content and has a perfect blend of entertainment and eureka moments. Made in China with Rajkummar Rao in the lead has also tried to establish the notion that enterpreunership doesn’t come with a sure shot success formula as Raghu Mehta, a wannabe Gujarati entrepreneur tries his hand at a lot of businesses before he stumbles on the business of selling a Chinese soup. The film is a nice blend of completely unrelated themes of entrepreneurship and taboos related to sexual problems.
The film - based on Parinda Joshi's bestseller of the same name, ‘Made In China’ - is a little slow in the first half. The first half is all about the struggles of Raghuveer (Rajkumar Rao), a Gujarati entrepreneur struggling to find his feet. He faced back-to-back setbacks until one day he had an encounter with a big businessman, Tanmay Shah (Paresh Rawal).
Following certain twists and turn, Raghu finally hits a jackpot in the business of aphrodisiacs. All thanks to an honest sexologist Dr. Vardhi (Boman Irani). The post-interval part sees some enjoyable performances of its two key players, Rajkummar and Boman Irani. While Rajkummar is awesome as always, Boman's Dr Vardhi is the character that will really impress the audience.
In comparison, the film's lead actresses, Mouni Roy – wife of Rahu - and Amyra Dastur (as a member of Raghu's Magic Soup team) get characters that are not fully fleshed out and couldn’t quite justify their character or towards the development of the plot. Paresh Rawal's cameo appearance could have got more space in the narrative. In a nutshell, ‘Made In China’ has a ‘Magic Soup’ that the audience will enjoy for sure.
The film starts off on a good note but then by the end loses its stream as it tends to get preachy and actors lose their track of their character. Nevertheless, the movie with its punch lines, un-chartered subject and an assembly of reputable actors delivers a palatable one time watch!