Made In China
02 Hours 08 Minutes
Star Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Mouni Roy and Boman Irani
Directors: Mikhil Musale
Producer: Sanjeev Mishra
In Theaters: 25 October
"Messy Chopsuey"- Despite four writers being on board, logic and coherence are tossed out.
During an Indo-Chinese summit in Gujarat, a Chinese general sips on Magic Soup and dies.
It’s a strong beginning that director Mikhil Musale makes with a murder conspiracy that could have ramifications on India’s diplomatic ties with China.
But Musale lands himself in a soup instead.
Instead of unraveling the conspiracy, there’s a long tale of loser Raghuvir Mehta who’s a failed entrepreneur. Until a trip to China which is as confounding as the rest of the script, results in Raghu teaming up secretly with Dr Vardhi, a sexologist, and selling an aphrodisiacal soup. Magic Soup is a huge hit with men and the women they’re now able to satiate. Even Raghu’s wife Rukmini wants him to try it although their boudoir romps have been like hitting the top floor, as she describes it.
Who’s left unsatisfied is the viewer who doesn’t know what this Gujarati Chinese menu is all about with Rukmini who was fine with his failures throwing a tantrum over how he could shame their family by selling an aphrodisiac.
Even a high-level Indo-Chinese inquiry committee puts Raghu and Dr Vardhi on the mat. Nobody uses his noodle as the inquiry on the general’s death strangely turns into an indictment of aphrodisiacs. Like that unwatchable film Shafakhana, it ends up with a moral lecture by the sexologist on what a vital role his subject has to play in people’s lives.
Whatever happened to the general and the conspiracy?
Neither the writers nor the director address that pertinent question. Nor do they ask themselves why the authorities don’t simply wait for the results of the lab test to conclusively prove what ingredients in the Magic Soup could’ve killed the general.
Despite four writers being on board, logic and coherence are tossed out.
Surprisingly, even Rajkummar Rao’s performance is as appealing as last night’s Chinese takeaway. Artistes like Paresh Rawal and Boman Irani are wasted. Mouni Roy doesn’t have much to do except throw a big pout while Gajraj Rao’s presence as a motivational speaker is something one still has to figure out.
The good part is that unlike Harry Met Sejal or Simran, the lead artistes play Gujaratis rather naturally and aren’t caricatured. And Paresh Rawal the hotshot businessman in China melting at the sight of a thepla is a nice little touch.
But that’s not enough to make up for a script that meanders from Ahmedabad to Beijing without halting to make sense.
Verdict: For a poorly written entertainer, Made In China gets a 2* rating.
Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.
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