Made in China is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Mikhil Musale. Produced by Dinesh Vijan under Maddock Films, the film stars Rajkummar Rao, Mouni Roy, Boman Irani, and explores the story of a Gujarati businessman, played by Rao, who goes to China to increase his business prospects. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Parinda Joshi.
Principal photography began in September 2018 and concluded in May 2019. Initially planned to be released in August 2019, the film was theatrically released in India on 25 October 2019, on the occasion of Diwali.
Raghu Mehta, a Gujarati entrepreneur, struggles to come up with a profitable business, having dabbled in all sorts of business ideas. Upon being chidden by his Father-in-law, he goes with his brother-in-law to China to discover a new business idea. He lands in a meeting with a Chinese businessman who introduces him to the Chinese version of Viagra, and tells him it will succeed in India because Indians are always thinking about sex. Raghu heads to India and tries to raise funds for his product. Upon a suggestion by a mentor named Tanmay Shah, he recruits and promotes a local sexologist named Dr. Vardhi, and tries to increase the awareness levels of sex-related issues in the country. Their business takes off as the product is very popular with Indian women and men alike.
When Raghu’s Wife, Rukmini, finds out about the fact that her husband is peddling sex medicines, she is ashamed and confronts him about it. Raghu is distressed and tries to talk to Dr. Vardhi about ending this partnership. Following the death of a Chinese general after he consumed Raghu’s Magic Tiger Soup, a full-fledged investigation apparently implicates Raghu in the murder. During the trial, Raghu reveals the secret ingredient in his concoction, and Dr. Vardhi appeals to the investigation committee not to consider sex as a taboo topic, and encourages them to let the product continue instead of banning it.
In the end, Raghu is shown as a successful owner of a chain of sexual health-related clinics, and he is invited to a premier business school to give a lecture on being an entrepreneur.
- Rajkummar Rao as Raghuvir Mehta
- Mouni Roy as Rukmini Mehta
- Boman Irani as Dr. Vardhi
- Amyra Dastur as Roopa
- Paresh Rawal as Tanmay Shah
- Gajraj Rao as Abhay Chopra
- Sumeet Vyas as Devraj
- Manoj Joshi as Vhinde Bhai
- Amit Bimrot as Ravi Panchal
- Bijou Thaangjam as Chinese Official
The film was announced in June 2018 with Mouni Roy and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles, to be directed by Mikhil Musale. The film was shot in China and Ahmedabad.
The principal photography of the film began in September 2018. The film was wrapped up in the end of May 2019.
Marketing and release
In October 2018, Rao and Musale announced the release date of 30 August 2019. In July 2019, the release date of the film was declared not yet confirmed, when the makers of the high-budget trilingual film Saaho shifted Saaho’s release date from 15 to 30 August 2019. In late-August 2019, it was officially announced that the film has got a new release date, 25 October 2019, clashing with Housefull 4 and Saand Ki Aankh.
On 11 September 2019, the motion poster of the film was released. The official trailer of the film was released on 18 September by Maddock Films.
Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost gave two star out of five and opined that the film had ‘tonal and logical inconsistency in the narrative’. She noted that the film was a drag in long stretches and the storytelling lacked liveliness. However praising the performance of Rao and Roy, Vetticad concluded, “Made In China fails to hit the bull’s eye because it sorely needed an evening out of pace and tone, depth of characterisation and detailing in the plotline. The best thing about it are Rao and Irani who are a pleasure to watch even in this middling affair.”.
Made In China‘s opening day domestic collection was ₹90 lacs. On the second day, the film collected ₹1.25 crore. On the third day, the film collected ₹90 lacs, taking total opening weekend collection to ₹3.05 crore.
As of 17 November 2019, with a gross of ₹11.46 crore in India and ₹1.35 crore overseas, the film has a worldwide gross collection of ₹12.81 crore.