Critic’s Rating : 3.0 / 5
Made In China Movie Review : A bittersweet tale of the mental trauma during quarantine
Review: Made In China, one expects, would be a comic caper due to the presence of the lead actor Nagabhushana, who excels in comic timing. Interestingly, while the film does have situational comedy, it is more of an emotional journey of someone stuck alone at home during quarantine. The different presentation of the film as Kannada’s first virtual feature film adds to the charm. It does make for a good watch, reminding one of the panic that surrounded the pandemic when it broke out first.
The film begins with the introduction to the two protagonists, Abhiram and Mythili, who are separated by distance, but united by technology. In fact, technology, apps and social media become interesting yardsticks to measure the graph of the emotional turmoil in their relationship through the testing phase. The first half is breezy and has enough gags, but the second half actually has the crux of the emotions and comes in unexpected. The juxtaposition of real videos and news bits that made news add to the narrative.
The film seems like it was designed for web platforms, but found its way to cinema halls. While the film is well-made, the screen in cinema halls seems too big and distracting, as one might miss out little nuances, like text messages, comments and other details. Yet, the treatment of this film needs to be commended. There are scenes that play out in entirety, as opposed to tightly edited scenes that one is used to in masala capers. This can be both advantageous and disadvantageous. Those who are more exposed to world content in festivals will appreciate it, while it can get on the nerves of other audience.
As far as performances go, Nagabhushana charms the audience, as he gets into the skin of his character and one feels for his emotional journey. Priyanka Thimmesh is good as his emotional anchor. The supporting cast also deliver in their limited roles. One must hand it to director Preetham Tegginamane for delivering a film that looks competent and manages to entertain.