Ittymaani: Made in China

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Ittymaani: Made in China
Ittymaani – Made in China poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJibi Joju
Produced byAntony Perumbavoor
Written byJibi Joju
Honey Rose
Aju Varghese
K. P. A. C. Lalitha
Salim Kumar
Hareesh Kanaran
Dharmajan Bolgatty
Music by4 Musics
Kailas Menon
Deepak Dev
CinematographyShaji Kumar
Edited bySooraj E. S.
Distributed byMaxlab Cinemas and Entertainments
Release date
6 September 2019
Running time
158 minutes
Budget9 crore (US$1.3 million)[1]
Box office26.35 crore (US$3.8 million)[2]

Ittymaani: Made in China is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language comedy-drama film written and directed by the duo Jibi-Joju in their directorial debut. Produced by Antony Perumbavoor through the company Aashirvad Cinemas, the film stars Mohanlal in the title role, and Honey Rose, Raadhika, Siddique, Aju Varghese, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Dharmajan Bolgatty and Salim Kumar in supporting roles. The original songs were composed by 4 Musics, Kailas Menon, and Deepak Dev and background score by Dev. The story is set in Kunnamkulam, Thrissur and revolves around Ittymaani, a Chinese-born Indian who moved to his homeland at age 10.

The film began principal photography on 24 April 2019 and was concluded in July, shot mainly in Kerala and a few scenes in China. Ittymaani: Made in China released in theatres worldwide on 6 September 2019.


Ittimani (Mohanlal) is a person born and lived in China for 10 years and later moved to his home country.




The duo Jibi and Joju made their directorial debut with Ittymaani: Made in China, produced by Aashirvad Cinemas. Previously they had worked as assistant and associate directors in Malayalam films. It was while working in Vellimoonga (2014) that they decided to work together as a director duo. They came up with the subject of Ittymaani: Made in China in January 2016. Actors were undecided while conceiving the story. They approached Mohanlal when they had the chance to meet him in May 2016 while working as chief associate directors on his film Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol.[3][4] It was on that set that they first told him about Ittymaani: Made in China and the full story was narrated to him during the final dubbing work of Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol.[5] Jibi and Joju briefed the screenplay to Mohanlal in January 2017 and told him beforehand that it was not written with him in mind and may require rework. Mohanlal too felt that when heard and suggested changes. They reworked the screenplay in five months and met him again at the sets of Velipadinte Pusthakam, but Mohanlal recommended them to cast someone else for the role as the film will delay if waited for him as he had committed multiple big-budget projects at that time. But Jibi and Joju had set their mind to proceed only if Mohanlal was available. Hence, Mohanlal directed them to discuss the matter with producer Antony Perumbavoor. Antony liked the reworked screenplay and called for a final meeting in October 2018. Mohanlal approved the screenplay and the project was green-lit when Antony decided to produce the film.[6] The film was officially announced by Mohanlal through his social media handles on 22 October 2018.[7] Initially, Jibi and Joju approached some screenwriters to write the screenplay, but they declined as the project was not approved at that time. Later the duo decided to write it themselves.[8] Mohanlal suggested changes to include a message in the story and sanctioned the screenplay after several drafts.[9]


The pooja ceremony of the film was held at Kochi on 24 April 2019 followed by the start of principal photography.[10] Characters speak Thrissur slang in the film.[11][12] Part of the film was shot at St. Stanislaus Forane Church, Mala, where Mohanlal, Salim Kumar, Aristo Suresh and Johny Antony performed the traditional Kerala Christian woman's dance Margamkali along with 512 artistes between the ages of 3 and 65. It is featured as part of a church fund raiser for constructing houses in the film. The dance was choreographed by Prasanna Sujit.[13] Filming underwent in Ernakulam and Alappuzha locales in June 2019.[14] Four days filming was conducted in China in July 2019. Ittymaani's father's portions were filmed there. One of the stills released from the set featured him along with Tai Chi fighters as part of a song sequence.[15] Ittymaani's childhood was filmed in China and the look of old China was needed for that. Hence, the scenes were filmed in studios in China.[16] Filming was concluded in that month and entered post-production.[17]


Ittymaani: Made in China
Soundtrack album by
4 Musics, Kailas Menon, Deepak Dev
ReleasedSeptember 2019
VenueKochi, Mumbai
StudioMy Studio
Wow and Flutter Studios
Studio 6/8
NHQ Studios
Dev's Wonderland
LanguageMalayalam, Mandarin
LabelGoodwill Entertainments

The music was composed by the ensemble group 4 Musics, Deepak Dev, and Kailas Menon, with lyrics for the songs written by Santhosh Varma, Liu Shuang, and Manu Manjith. The background score was composed by Deepak Dev. Songs were released by the label Goodwill Entertainments.

Ittymaani: Made in China (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
1."Bomma Bomma"Santhosh Varma, Liu Shuang4 MusicsM. G. Sreekumar, Vrinda Shameek Ghosh, Master Adithyan, Liu Shuang, Teresa Rose Geo4:14
2."Kunjade Ninte Manassil"Santhosh Varma4 MusicsShankar Mahadevan, Biby Mathew, Sulfique, Devika Sooryaprakash, Vrinda Shameek Ghosh, Haritha Balakrishnan3:42
3."Kando Kando"Santhosh VarmaDeepak DevMohanlal, Vaikom Vijayalakshmi 
4."Vennilavu Peythalinja"Manu ManjithKailas MenonNajim Arshad,K. S. Harisankar, Devika Sooryaprakash, Manjari (Indian singer) 


Ittymaani: Made in China was released in theatres worldwide on 6 September 2019, ahead of the week of Onam in Kerala.[18][19]


The film received positive response from the audience.[20][21] Bibin Babu from The Times of India Malayalam rated the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and said that Ittymaani: Made in China can be included in the "feel good" entertainer category.[22] G. Ragesh of Malayala Manorama rated 3 out of 5 stars and wrote "Ittymaani Made in China has an interesting plot that appeals to audience all over the world".[23] Sangeetha Lakshmi of Mathrubhumi wrote that the film is a "feel good family entertainer".[24] Writing for Indian Express Malayalam, Dhanya K. Vilayil wrote that Ittymaani: Made in China is a festival celebration movie, with all the right ingredients for the fans to celebrate.[25] critic wrote: "'Ittymaani: Made in China' is entertaining with Mohanlal - KPAC Lalitha's endearing performances and humorous moments", and rated 2.75 out of 5.[26] Rating 2.5 out of 5, The New Indian Express stated that the film is "all about loving your parents" and it "has one of the most daring interval blocks in recent memory".[27] However, writing for Huffington Post, Neelima Menon said, "At a time when Malayalam cinema has come a long way in terms of craft, concepts, technology and ideas, a film like Ittimani is a huge step back—more so when you have a superstar like Mohanlal anchoring it".[28] Deepa Antony of The Times of India rated 2 out of 5 and wrote: "'Ittymani :Made in China' is a weak story and a weaker script that even the Mohanlal cannot save."[29] Vidya Nair of Deccan Chronicle also rated 2 out of 5 and wrote: "a weak attempt to narrate a good subject that might only survive due to the performances of some ace actors."[30] The Indian Express rated 1.5 out of 5 and wrote that "the script has no originality or fresh ideas, it is Mohanlal who gives everything to make even a dull scene tolerable."[31] The Hindu critic felt that the "latter half, where the social message gets delivered, is almost like an unending television soap".[32]


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