Rajkummar Rao breaks down at trailer launch

Rajkummar Rao’s father passed away recently. When reminded of the loss, Rao kept smiling and talking. But his voice had a crack in it which broke my heart

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Subhash K Jha

There is nothing made in china about Made In China. It is straightaway one of those clever urbane comedies where sexual innuendos are used in a decent way not to simulate sleaze but to create an aura of mischief. The hero wants to get rich selling Viagra-styled aphrodisiacs to the Chinese and that’s pretty much a tough call considering what shrewd entrepreneurs the Chinese are supposed to be.

There are digs at the Chinese quickie consumerist culture which I am sure will be taken in the right spirit by the Chinese. Unlike us, they have a sense of humour. There is a refreshingly candid conversation between husband and wife Raj Kummar Rao and Mouni Roy where he eagerly if somewhat shyly asks the question most husbands are afraid to ask. Is she happy with their sex life? “Am I able to take you from the ground floor to the top floor?” Raj asks with a goofy grin.

Rao has a whale of a time with his Gujarati accent. I do hope the Gujjus have as much of a sense of humour as the Chinese. Speaking of the all-powerful Gujjus, good to see Paresh Rawal back on screen giving Rao entrepreneurial wisdom about the customers and the day Rao finds the key to the lock that the customer wants opened, he’d be a successful entrepreneur. Looks like producer Dinesh Vijan has found that key. After their super-successful collaboration in Stree, Vijan and Rajkummar Rao seem to have another winner on their hands.

At the trailer launch, the laughs were punctuated by a mood of sobriety. Rajkummar Rao’s father passed away recently. When reminded of the loss Rao kept smiling and talking. But his voice had a crack in it which broke my heart. In Mera Naam Joker Raj Kapoor was shown going on stage the morning after his screen-mother dies. In real life Kishore Kumar did a comedy scene after his wife Madhubala passed away. The show, as they say must go on. Specially, when it comes to the hardworking Chinese.

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