Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai – Kashyap Continues to Experiment Successfully

Anurag Kashyap has once again proved that he is not afraid to come out of his comfort zone. Many directors after reaching this stage of their career might lack the initiative to experiment with their genre and themes, but Kashyap continues to baffle us. Choked is unlike any of his dark political and social films. It is personal and humane. 

Aman Arora’s Take on Choked – Guest Post on RG’s Blog

If you have not been living under a rock and have been remotely actively on Twitter, you would be precisely aware what Anurag Kashyap thinks about the current government and the Prime Minister.

But if you have followed Anurag Kashyap’s cinema, you know he is too subtle to present his views blatantly.

Choked is about the backdrop of demonetization , but is not about demonetization or Narendra Modi, it is a story of Sarita (Saiyami Kher) and Sushant Pillai (Roshan Mathew) , and their lower middle class Maharashtra neighbourhood, their dreams, aspiration, grievances and struggles to make ends meet, with the backdrop of demonetization. 

The characters of Sarita and Sushant are very well written. Sarita is presently a government bank employee, a responsible woman, who is still tormented by a stage fright incident that happened on a reality show several years ago. She is ” choked” by the mere memory of it. Sushant is frustrated as well. But unlike Sarita who is struggling hard to come out of the miserable state, Sushant finds someone or the other to blame for his failures. He is irresponsible and at times insensitive to what his wife wants. In one of the scenes , he is found complaining to Sarita about being fed with potatoes thrice that week. ” Why can’t we have paneer someday? ” he says. To which Sarita replies, ” To eat paneer,you have to become paneer, ” This smart screenplay tells you about their economic background as well as their relationship. 

The movie doesn’t have a huge cast. But everyone plays an important role in the storytelling. The character of Sharvari Tai, played by Amruta Subash, stands out among the supporting cast. 

The screenplay is very tight. The dialogues are fit into the screenplay accordingly. They are short and precise. 

The music and the sets helps in establishing the Maharashtra background which is so integral to the story. 

The use of the sound of tabla as the movie moves towards its climax is noteworthy. 

Anurag Kashyap has once again proved that he is not afraid to come out of his comfort zone. Many directors after reaching this stage of their career might lack the initiative to experiment with their genre and themes, but Kashyap continues to baffle us. Choked is unlike any of his dark political and social films. It is personal and humane. 

There were times when the movie seemed very slow and dull. The characteristic dark humour which we associate so much with Kashyap films lacked in proportion. This seemed the only limitation of this film. The entertainment value is not as high. 

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