Movie Reviews

Choked : Paisa Bolta Hai

Saritha (Saiyami Kher) and Sushant (Roshan Mathew) are a couple living in a mumbai locality with limited means to survive . While saritha works in a bank , sushant is an unemployed musician who tries to make living through odd jobs . During a sleepless night saritha finds herself thirsty . On reaching the kitchen she notices that the kitchen sink pipe is making sound and overflowing . Suddenly she finds herself yanking out the pipe and finding money . The events unfolding in saritha’s life after she finds money forms the story behind choked .

A lot of life is just surviving what happens .

Deb Calletti

This quote doesn’t hold more value in terms of message than this Hindi language thriller directed by Anurag Kashyap . Choked is all about survival . It is said that Mumbai is the city of dreams , but many of those dreams end up being just survivors . Surviving life even though situations doesn’t favour them . One such fictional story is told from forefront by Writer Nihit Bhave in this movie .

Both of the main leads where excellent in presenting their characters on screen . Roshan Mathew was effortless in his performance showcasing Sushant , an unemployed musician . Saiyami Kher surprised me with her acting in this movie . It just proves how under-utilised she was in Mirziya . But the star of the show was none other than Amruta Subhash as the typical nosy neighbour . She added an effortless charm and innate sarcasm to the character while portraying it beautifully .

Anurag kashyap , who is famously known to represent dark side of humanity through his films sits comfortably in the director’s chair . At times his political ideas often slipped on to the screen as well , which is not a bad thing as presenting ideas is what movie-making is after all . Also his seemingly haunting shots were also on full display here .

I wouldn’t consider this film as an out-an-out thriller per se , as you can guess a lot of plot twists that’s about to happen . But the movie is an intriguing watch overall . The movie can be streamed on Netflix .

Rating : 7.0 / 10

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