So the Anurag Kashyap's directorial venture 'CHOKED - PAISA BOLTA HAI' released on Netflix. I am going to tell you some goods and not so goods about the film so you can decide whether to watch it or not,
STORY, SCREENPLAY AND DIALOGUES
The film is set in October 2016 Mumbai
The film tells the story of Sarita Pillai , a bank cashier who discovers cash stash in her kitchen sink, set in the backdrop of 2016 Indian banknote demonetisation..
The film is written by Nihit Bhave .The beginning of the film is slow , the middle of the film is fast but the resolution just doesn't impress you.
The film also showcases two ideologies Bhakts and Non Bhakts which also reflects the present scenario of the ruling party and its admirers
The idea is refreshing and novel so bonus points for working on an idea like this..
Sushant and Sarita fight when the son sleeps in between is a very relatable scene
The dialogues are very natural and there are a lot of improvised scenes.
1. Saiyami Kher as Sarita holds the film on her shoulders. She has acted brilliantly and ticks all the boxes right.
2. Roshan Mathew as Sushant a lazy lad husband does justice to his part and has acted well
3. Amruta Subhash as Tai steals the show she is a superb actress. Her dramas are to die for
All the supporting actors have lent good support
Art of improvisation.
The scenes between Tai and Sarita are good examples of improvisation. Anurag trust his actors and he allows them to do a scene according to their understanding that allows us to see a natural portrayal on screen.
DIRECTION AND OTHER TECHNICAL ASPECTS
Anurag Kashyap is the director of the film and he transports us to his world brilliantly. A special mention has to be made for the DOP of the film Sylvester Fonseca who manages to make tight frames and to capture the look and feel of Mumbai so effortlessly.
Coming back to the direction. Anurag surely knows his job but the film takes one hour to come to the point things become repetitive by then.
The plot twists are not exciting enough to hold you . What sucks you in are the initial few minutes of the second half. The climax of the film is its biggest disappointment. The cliche goon adds to the confusion. The film is stretched. Had it been 20 minutes less the impact would have been more.
Choked is a nicely made film with it's heart at the right place. For all the aspiring actors this has great performances. The concept is good .
I'm going with 3 / 5