Feature Name: Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai
Cast: Sayami Kher, Roshan Mathew, Amruta Subhash, Upendra Limaye, Rajshri Deshpande
Director: Anurag Kashyap
RunTime: 114 minutes
Review By: Manisha Karki
Sayami Kher as Sarita Pillai has shown us the lives of middle-class Indian women. She spends her day as a bank teller and does all her work at home right from cooking, to serving her kid and husband Sushant (Roshan Mathew).
Everyday was just the same until her life takes a turn when cash starts coming through the kitchen sink pipe way.
The whole film changes after the demonstration is been announced by the Prime Minister.
Director Anurag Kashyap has beautifully portrayed it in the background while focusing on Sarita and Sushant.
There are a couple of outstanding scenes like the situation faced at the time of demonization announced by Modi. Some of the scenes along with the background music work wonders and would have definitely lost it’s impact without it.
You will laugh, and connect with all the characters. The dialogues too are amazing like, ‘Paneer khaney ke liye Paneer bano’.
The music of the film sounds like thrilling but you might miss the tension and feels that you get in Kashyap films.
This is not only an unusual Hindi film but also not an unusual Kashyap film.
The first half is largely flawless. You will relate to the title in the opening sequence and the singing star flashback sequence among several small carefully constructed other choked scenes.
The second half of the film did have some avoidable things like the ‘Paisa bolta hai’ sequence and a couple of scenes with Reddy. The climax is great but the ending felt a bit sudden and could have been stretched a bit.
Talking about the performances, Sayami Kher as Sarita was the perfect choice for the role. She has done her role so well that we actually feel her emotions.
Apart from her, what catches our attention is Roshan Mathew as Sushant who at first is shown as an irresponsible husband who is under debt and is not steady with his job.
He initially seems to be negative character but later emerges as a man who belives in living with principles.
Amruta Subhash is dealing with her different consequences cause of the demonetisation when it’s her daughter’s marriage. She acted so well – her hyperness is just amazing.
Apart from her, Upendra Limaye as Reddy the shady moneylending toughs are a delight to watch.
Also other characters played their parts well as the neighbours. Their dramas are always on point that you can relate to.
You can enjoy your day watching this film. We with all our heart give the film 3 stars.