Choked Movie Review Rating: 3.5/5 Stars (Three and half stars)
Star Cast: Saiyami Kher, Roshan Mathew, Amruta Subhash
Director: Anurag Kashyap
What’s Good: The plot intrigues you to know what’s going to happen next, leading stars skip ‘acting’ and start flowing with the narrative making this a very easy watch
What’s Bad: Anurag Kashyap casts brilliant actors leaving two of his old characters behind – ‘stress’ and ‘anxiety’
Loo Break: The tight script and editing will leave you wanting for more things and ‘restroom’ isn’t one of them
Watch or Not?: Definitely a better option than a lot of ‘forced’ original content flowing around under the influence of lockdown
A very rustic building, somewhere in Mumbai, houses various sets of people. Our three main sets are: A ‘not so happy but still in love’ couple – Sarita (Saiyami Kher) and Sushant (Roshan Mathew), their downstairs neighbour Sharvari Tai (Amruta Subhash) who’s all in for her daughter’s marriage and Rajender (Ajay Nathani) who is a PA to a politician and the controversial link between our main sets. Rajender has this way of hiding his black money, he uses the sink to stash up the cash.
But, due to some pipe maintenance work, his cash starts flowing through pipe getting sucked by the other side. It reaches to Sarita’s flat who mistakenly notices it while cleaning the sink below her washbasin. She works at a bank and decides to keep this secret to herself. The story starts in October 2016 and we all know what happened on 8th November 2016. It’s all about how Sarita juggles with her secret amid the demonetization and how her life is changed because of the same.
Choked Movie Review: Script Analysis
The film boasts of a novel concept and a very intriguing backstory having demonetization as its face value. The story idea is such which if you narrate it to someone properly, they will surely watch the film. Anurag makes sure to treat every layer of the film in his style and then interlink each and every one of them. It has a satisfying ending to the chaos but something is missing.
When you watch an Anurag Kashyap film, there is an undying tension in the background throughout. Choked misses feeding the tension to the drama. You care for the characters but you’re not terrified about what’s going to happen next. That’s where Kashyap movies like Raman Raghav 2.0 and Ugly scores.
Choked Movie Review: Star Performance
Saiyami Kher is a show-stealer (pun intended!). She smartly filters out the actor from her character and there comes a point when she’s just there as Sarita. Her effortless approach towards the character is visible from scene one and it just grows with every passing sequence. She needs more such films to prove how amazing she can be at this.
Roshan Mathew holds the charm of his character very well and never fails the brilliant writing. The various moods of Sushant – subtle anger and frustration, being supportive despite continuously getting poked – are handled masterfully by Roshan.
Amruta Subhash gets the maximum scope to ‘act’ in the film. There were multiple times where she could’ve easily gotten over the board but she stays before the line and wins the race. Expected more of Rajshri Deshpande, but she, unfortunately, is wasted.
Choked Movie Review: Direction, Music
Anurag Kashyap films feed on mystery and this has that stocked in ample. The issue lies in you can’t play around that mystery for a long time. Other thrillers have ‘wow’ factor but Kashyap films have ‘what the f*ck did just happened?’ factor. Barring couple twists, this lacks sequences which make you go ‘what the f*ck did just happened?’
Karsh Kale’s music goes well with the aura created by Kashyap. It starts reminding you of the villainous theme tracks from the 80s but slowly mixes up with the narrative. Apart from the title song, none of the other clicks and this needed a good album.
Choked Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, Choked is an intriguing watch laced with brilliant performances. It’s the closest you can come to witness the tension and chaos happened during demonetization.
Three and half stars!
Choked releases on 5th June 2020.
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