Cast: Saiyami Kher, Roshan Mathew, Amruta Subhash, Rajshri Deshpande
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)
Netflix’s Choked Review
The director, working with a screenplay by Nihit Bhave, crafts a sly, suspenseful drama that, moreover fictional tackle life tipped over by demonetisation, presents a portrait of a younger couple whose marriage is put below extreme pressure by money-related crises. The film centres around Sarita, a strong female lead that is fleshed out well by writer Nihit Bhave. Her life mirrors that of middle-class India — eyes full of aspirations but a mouth that needs feeding and hands that desperately grasp at the smallest rays of hope in order to survive. The story further reveals how demonetisation impacts her life.
Choked is about cash, greed, a damaged monetary system, corrupt politicians and that one shot at nighttime – the demonetisation of November 8, 2016 – that unleashed bedlam for banks and their befuddled prospects, particularly for probably the most susceptible amongst them. In the movie, Anurag Kashyap along with the writer Nihit Bhave explore the demonetisation tragedy for the audience on both sides of ideological aisle, but the impression on screen doesn’t really hit the creative optimal because after those moments of reckoning in ‘Choked’, the plotline hinges away from what appears to be the early conception of the story.
Saiyami Kher fleshes out a strong-willed lady who’s immediately relatable. Roshan Mathew, in his first Hindi-language movie, offers the husband, a person coping with inadequacies, simply the correct mix of the carefree and the susceptible. Amruta Subhash because the careworn however feisty Sharvari, Rajshri Deshpande in a vigorous cameo because the nosey neighbour and Uday Nene are all at all times on the cash. While watching a film on the big screen is something we all have to wait for now, Choked is definitely worth a watch and a subscription to Netflix.