Choked Movie Review: Hits the Middle ‘Note’

Choked Movie Review: Hits the Middle 'Note'

Movie: Suffocated, Paisa Bolta Hai
Rating: 2.5/5
Cast: Saiyami Kher, Roshan Mathew, Amruta Subhash, Rajshri Deshpande and others
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Publication date: June 5, 2020
Platform: Netflix

Sarita (Sayami), a bank employee, lives in a middle-class apartment complex in Mumbai. She is the sole breadwinner of the house of three (her husband and one son).

Her unemployed husband’s debts and shattered dreams of becoming a singer make her life boring.

When things get dark, she finds a pot of happiness: a secret source of income in her house from a leak in the drain.

Rupee bills rolled in plastic bags, which were kept by the tenant upstairs, emerge from the drain leak. She keeps all those notes and settles debts.

Has this changed her life or brought more problems?


Anurag Kashyap’s OTT movie “Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai” is the story of a middle-class housewife. Set in Mumbai in October 2016, the story hits all the right ‘notes’ to the middle section.

Anurag Kashyap depicts the life of an ordinary bank employee and her struggle to get rid of mounting debts. She paints a realistic picture of the people of Mumbai and their lives. There is beauty in everyday things.

Despite the growing gulf between them, husband and wife still share warmth. Kashyap and the story writer captured the drama beautifully.

Announcing demonetization, the film takes an unexpected turn from a middle-class man and woman story to a “note ban” satire.

The Demonetization Announcement – We have decided that the 500 rupee and 1000 rupee notes currently in use will no longer be legal tender as of midnight tonight – by PM Narendra Modi comes exactly 55 minutes after the film and the film focuses on the things we’d seen – serpentine lines at the banks, middlemen chasing the crisis.

“This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Once every 50 years, such incidents happen,” a broker tells Saiyami Kher and asks her to deposit old banknotes in her bank and receive a commission for it. Anurag has many such lifelike sequences portrayed in the film.

After this moment, however, the film turns into a boring affair. After that it becomes ineffective.

It has its many moments to praise, but the satirical part of demonization lacks sharpness. It also gets messy at times.

The film has good performances and it is mainly Saiyami Kher’s show from start to finish. In the role of Sarita is excellent, she brings the character to life.

Her body language and expressions are perfect as a middle class Marathi woman. Roshan Mathew as Sushant Pillai also plays the role well.

The cinematography and production design are top notch. The story is largely set in a cramped apartment room and the camera provides authenticity and also the stuffy feeling. The colors are warm. The music is ok.

“Choked” is quite different from Anurag Kashyap’s regular storytelling style. The director known for his aggressive style keeps the story center stage. This is his understated work.

Overall, “Choked” is a mixed bag. The first hour is excellent, but after that it disconnects, but it’s a decent watch and a good satire on nut ban.

Briefly: money game

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