rating 7/10 made in china
Made in China is a Bollywood crime/comedy about Raghu (Rajkumar Rao), a young entrepreneur who fails over and over. He's given some business advice by a successful entrepreneur (Paresh Rawal), which is the key to his business practices: 'customer is c****ya'. He then heads over to China for a conference where he finds something called Tiger Penis Soup, an aphrodisiac that is ten times as strong as Viagra. He teams up with notable sexologist Vardhi (Boman Irani) to launch his product onto the market... which ends up killing an executive. And so begins a comedic criminal chase with Raghu and Vardhi as its key suspects. There are two things that this movie absolutely nails: its premise and its cast. It's premise is hilarious, whimsical and sex positive, devoid of the boring Bollywood cliches of touching flowers and almost-kisses that we've seen forever. It has an all-star cast, who performs brilliantly. Rao has innocence, whimsy and perfect comedic timing. Mouni Roy, as Raghu's wife, has so much panache, although her character is a bit hackneyed (wow! modern woman who talks about ORGASMS). Paresh Rawal is hilarious as ever but the real star is Boman Irani. You can't take your eyes off the screen for every scene that he's in. He also stars in the funniest scene in the show, where he's giving a lecture on sex to unwitting children. Where this movie fails is its pacing and dialogues. The storyline overall is weak, especially in the second half where you're just waiting for it to end. Bollywood, we love that you're trying to be sex positive. We really do. But the number of double entendres in this movie make it sound like the lines were written by a pubescent boy just discovering girls. Also, the fact that Raghu is so happy during a murder trial makes zero sense. On the hit ya flop scale, this one is somewhere in the middle. It's definitely a breath of fresh air for Bollywood but at the same time, the execution and pacing are quite flawed.If you want to watch your favorite actors try their hand at something new, this is worth a watch.