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Choked Review – Forgettable story of PTSD sufferer

Anurag Kashyap’s new venture Good Bad Films production‘s Choked – Paisa Bolta Hai is a story of a woman suffering prolonged Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD) and about how her psychological barriers impact her life, career, relationship choices.

Demonetisation is simply an element of storytelling used by the Choked’s writer Nihit Bhave to build a climactic situation for the character foray into a journey towards the resolution of her story.

That said, I do agree that the director Anurag Kashyap has certainly painted the film Choked with his personal opinions about demonetisation. However, he has done so within the boundaries of the director’s chair, while maintaining the focus of the film on the writer’s intended outcome.

In fact, Kashyap has even enhanced the plot of the film Choked by unfolding the story parallelly in the present and the past of the protagonist with brilliant use of flashbacks.

Of course, Kashyap did add a song during the end credits roll which is made with the sole intention of lashing out about demonetisation.

Saiyami Kher has portrayed the inner complexities of the PTSD suffering character Sarita Pillai with masterful use of body language and facial expressions. Had the film Choked been made with greater grandeur, Kher would surely have won an accolade for her performance.

Amruta Subhash has presented a brilliantly ingenious interpretation of the tangent and a highly colourful supporting character of Sharvari Taai. One may forget the film sooner or matter but Subhash’s portrayal of Sharvari Taai will be remembered for a long time.

The art direction, lighting and editing of the film Choked consciously reflect the dull and mundane tone of the character’s initially colourless life. However, this very lacklustre treatment also makes the film lacking in memorable visuals.

Some worthy sub-plots that could have added considerable value to the film have been left half-baked and confusingly incomplete.

The shortcomings of the movie coupled with the unacceptably sweetened ending have turned Choked into an average and forgettable film at best.

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