Made in China trailer launch: Rajkummar Rao talks about working with Priyanka Chopra in The White Tiger adaptation

Made in China director reveals that soon after Rajkummar came aboard the film, he started preparing for it, which included a recce of Ahmedabad, where the team was set to shoot.

Press Trust of India September 18, 2019 16:40:11 IST
Made in China trailer launch: Rajkummar Rao talks about working with Priyanka Chopra in The White Tiger adaptation

Rajkummmar Rao, who will join Priyanka Chopra Jonas Netflix's upcoming film, says the actor is phenomenally talented and he is looking forward to work with her. The forthcoming project is an adaption of Arvind Adiga's Man Booker Prize-winning novel The White Tiger.

"I am very excited for this, it is a great book. I have read the book. I met Ramin (Bahrani, director) and he is a great guy. I am really looking forward to start working on it pretty soon. Priyanka is phenomenally talented so I think we will have good time together," Rajkummmar told reporters here at the trailer launch of Made in China.

Bahrani, who will also write the screenplay, is best known for films like Chop Shop, 99 Homes and Fahrenheit 451. The novel follows the extraordinary journey of a self-made man from tea-shop worker in a village to successful entrepreneur in a big city.

Made in China trailer launch Rajkummar Rao talks about working with Priyanka Chopra in The White Tiger adaptation

Rajkummar Rao in a still from Made In China trailer | Twitter

Made in China director Mikhil Musale seems to be impressed with his lead star Rajkummar's physical transformation that required the actor to put on eight kgs of weight.

"I really don't know how he did it. And that too, in such a short time span. That's his secret and that's honestly the magic of a performer as incredible as Raj. I think he's spoiled me for life as this was my first Hindi film and I was fortunate enough to work with possibly the most collaborative artist," Mikhil said in a statement.

The director said that soon after Rajkummar came aboard the film, he started preparing for it, which included a recce of Ahmedabad, where the team was set to shoot.

"Raj and I had many conversations to solidify the space of Raghu Mehta's world. Next thing I know, I get a call from him telling me that he is in Ahmedabad. And this was a month before the shoot.

"He took a video camera and visited many busy areas of Ahmedabad from Lal Darwaja to Gandhi market to Manek Chowk and also a few places that lots of people don't know about. He visited these places completely under the radar - going virtually unrecognisable. He spoke to local store owners, young people shopping in those areas and also ate food from the local places to sink his teeth into the colloquialism and the culture."

Made in China also features Mouni Roy, Bomban Irani, Sumeet Vyas, Gajraj Rao and Paresh Rawal, and is scheduled to be released on Diwali.

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