The new Netflix India movie, Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai, strikes all the right notes and keeps the audience on their toes throughout its running time. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the movie depicts the many nuances of life in a lower-middle-class Indian household and how political decisions meant to trap the ‘big fishes’ catch them unaware and push their life into a realm of uncertainty. Given its non-existent promotional activity, the movie is surely an understated one that emerges as a surprise treat for its audience.
Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai- An Overview
Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai Netflix is set in Maharashtra and is focussed on a lower-middle-class Indian household that struggles with a bad marriage, unpleasant memories from the past, an acute shortage of money, and whimsical political decisions, but somehow manages to keep afloat. A couple, Sarita and Sushant Pillai, and their son are the members of the household and the central characters of a movie.
Sarita and Sushant are not a rosy couple. As the movie progresses, we can slowly unfurl the reasons behind the distance that exists between them. We get acquainted with their daily fights, misunderstandings, and disappointments. Just as the movie begins to feel monotonous, a string of unexpected events takes place that pushes the already battered family into a boxing ring to face alien challenges that they did not see coming. To know whether the family comes out on the other end of the storm, you will have to Netflix and chill. Easy job, yeh?
Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai Review- An Unapologetic Masterpiece
Theme- Very relatable and Very accurate
Classified as a thriller, Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai constantly changes tracks and catches the audience by surprise on more than one occasion. It offers a pinhole through which viewers can peep into the deep distress that millions of Indian households had to go through, thanks to an absurd political decision (read demonetization). Above all, it is a movie that everyone can relate to. The problems that the characters of the movie face are not larger than life. They are ones which are commonplace in our lives too. The root cause of their pain is not something conjured out of thin air, but solid ones that every low-income Indian household faces.
Anurag Kashyap is known for creating movies that strive to offer an unapologetic view of the lives of the common man, and we would bet that he does that successfully in Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai.
Acting- Not a Star-studded Cast but a Brilliant One Nonetheless
Well, if Netflix India is doing one thing right, it has to be the platform that it is providing to the lesser-known Indian actors who are pouring their hearts out into these Netflix Originals. The cast of Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai is no different. Roshan Mathew and Saiyami Kher are a treat to the eyes in the roles of Sushant Pillai and Sarita Pillai, respectively. Their portrayal of the varied emotions is undoubtedly the heartbeat of the movie. The supporting actors also do a splendid job in upholding and even better the performance of those playing the central characters.
The Ending- Almost Succeeds in Ruining the Movie
The excellent plot and the stupendous acting join hands to give the movie a solid platform for a blockbuster of an ending. But sadly, a lukewarm and bland ending almost undoes all the good. In hindsight, perhaps this is the only part of the movie that disappointed us. Maybe it’s a bit harsh, but when you manage to reach the levels of expectations that Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai did, it seems like an unforgivable mistake to mess up the part which could have really propelled the movie towards raising multiple bars.
Despite its disappointing ending, we feel that the movie is a masterpiece, and only a fool would skirt it on the watchlist. If you are planning to take a raincheck, we would strongly advise otherwise. These types of movies are hard to come by in an era when item songs and hard-to-believe action scenes rule Indian cinema.
Summing up, it’s a must-watch.
If you are looking to treat yourselves to a few more of Netflix India Originals that have released in recent times, you could check out Bulbbul or Chaman Bahar. Both are likely to make your movie night fun (or filled with suspense).
So that’s all from our side. We will be back with more interesting reads. Till then, Happy Watching!