Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai Movie Review: Absorbing instigating & arrestingly performed

Choked is a thriller rolled in a character study that boosts some arresting performances by Saiyami Kher & Roshan Mathew, moves swiftly & confidently enough for a one-time dekho for sure


Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai movie review is here. The thriller directed and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap is written by Nihit Bhave, and jointly produced by Netflix and Good Bad Films (in their debut production). The movie stars Saiyami Kher and Roshan Mathew in the lead roles, with Amruta Subhash and Rajshri Deshpande appearing in supporting roles. Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai is streaming on Netflix from June 05, 2020.

Immediate reaction when the end credits roll

Anurag Kashyap’s socio economic thriller based on demonetisation peeps into the moralities of people in private and public while subtlety questions the loss and gains of the notebandi

The Story of Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai


A bank employee Sarita Pillai (Saiyami Kher) is struggling between her harsh reality and shattered dream that keeps her haunting. The only bread earner of her family that consists of a struggling musician Sushant Pillai (Roshan Mathew) who does some odd jobs and currently is jobless and a school going son around 9 to 10-year-old. One day Sarita discovers currency notes wrapped up in small plastic bags stored in a leaked pipe inside her apartment. The secret source of income coming into her home through an unexpected source changes her attitude as she starts finding some purpose in her life. But soon after that fateful night of 2016, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned the usage of 1000 and 500 currency notes. The notebandi becomes a test of morality for Sarita.

Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai review

At present we are staring at an economic crisis due to the corona covid – 19 pandemic and even those who overwhelmingly supported the demonetisation decision, today share some concern over the crises which may take some time to recover. But who knows what will happen in the next moment?.


Director Anurag Kashyap narrates a thriller which is devoid of Anurag Kashyap’s signature radicalness. It does subtly question the loss and gain of the demonetisation and twines it with the loss and gain in the relationship between Sarita and Sushant. Writer Nihit Bhave (involved in the scripting of Sacred Games) infuses subdued satire and thrills and keeps it simple. An air of mystery is constantly maintained in this subtler socio-economic thriller that doesn’t make false claims and any attempts to be cleverer.

As the movie progresses, the audience while patiently waiting for the next leakage and flow of wrapped cash from Sarita’s kitchen sink, also somewhere debates the loss and gain of the step taken. It keeps the debate open and allows opinion to grow. Trust, betrayal, fate, and faith the movie travels through all these emotions making it an absorbing ride.

Saiyami Kher as Sarita portrays the picture of a strong-willed woman diligently. She gets into the skin with ease and makes instant connection with the audience. Marvellously done.


Roshan Mathew makes a strong impression. Controlled and nuanced. The actor delves into the psyche of the character with natural ease.

Supporting actors like Rajshri Deshpande,

Tushar Dalvi and Upendra Limaye chip in with good support.

Sylvester Fonseca’s photography captures the different tones of the movie, especially the scenes when Sarita discovers cash from the leaking sink is effectively done. Ravi Srivastava’s production design, Vilas Kolap’s art direction and Seema Kashyap’s set decoration are in sync presenting the milieu of a middle-class Maharashtrian household and a State/government control bank.


The winding up seems to be done in a hurry. It could have been a hard-hitting thriller.

Final words

Directed by Anurag Kashyap in his fourth collaboration with the streaming giant Netflix after Lust Stories, Sacred Games. Both projects got nominated at the International Emmy Awards last year. Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai is a thriller rolled in a character study that boosts some arresting performances by Saiyami Kher and Roshan Mathew. It moves swiftly and confidently enough for a one-time dekho for sure.

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