Disclaimer: This Choked movie review only tells you the good and bad technical aspects of the film. I tried to not give away any kind of spoiler in my review.
CHOKED MOVIE REVIEW
This Anurag Kashyap directed film is a story of a Bank cashier ‘Sarita’ who is weighed down by jobless husband’s debts. One day she finds a hidden stock of money in her kitchen sink, which is later followed by her roller coaster life with those unidentified cash. The movie is set in 2016 during the demonetisation period of India.
The film stars Saiyami Kher and Roshan Mathew in lead roles. Amruta Subhash and Rajshri Deshpande will be seen in supporting roles. The film is written by Nihit Bhave and is produced by Good Bad Films. It is released on Netflix today.
Sylvester Fonseca is the Cinematographer for this film. He worked in other Netflix projects like Sacred Games and Ghost Storiesp in the past with Anurag. He was behind the camera in the 2018 film “Manmarziyaan” which is also directed by Anurag Kashyap.
The key highlight of this movie is the cinematography, which helped the director in the storytelling very accurately. The closed compact room shots were genuinely good. The use of lights played a crucial role here also.
Nihit Bhave is the brain behind this film. He worked with Anurag as one of the writers for the Netflix hit series “Sacred Games”.
The story he wants to tell here is very straight forward. The characterization of Sarita and Sushant were just perfect. Two culturally different people who reached at that point of their life when love becomes the secondary thing for them and money is now the primary concern. Every other character he created was very relevent to current time.
The set designing is superbly brilliant. The house where the main characters live is genuinely appreciable. The condition of the house and the things in there were just perfect. The bank location is also very good.
Karsh Kale gives the music for this film. He worked in films like Karthik calling Karthik and Gully Boy before. He used some of the 80s style music in Choked. The thrill and drama in several scenes is increased by the music. The sound effects used here in many of the scenes were giving horror vibes but it’s actually not. Music is another strong point of the movie.
The story which the creators tried to show here is clear. The interest factor develops in the first 10 mins of the film. Character development is very strong. With just few dialogues you will understand what the character is intended to be. Around the interval, the graph went little down but as soon as the second half starts the story progresses.
The whole film was going as expected by me until the climax. The climax is the real surprise for sure. Last 10 mins of the film concludes everything happened earlier in the film.
Saiyami Kher is the perfect choice for the role of Sarita because she is believable as her. The character needs someone with a big dream but with many failed attempts and Saiyami shows that in here expressions.
Roshan Matthew is just adorable throughout the series. His scenes with any other character is very lovable to watch. Whether he is arguing or just talking, there was a sense of realism in those scenes. Supporting cast were totally real character of our Indian society. They did good with their parts but partially horrible at some scenes.
The film has not much big things to explore and you must not enter it with any of those expectations. Definitely an one time watch film because for the second time you won’t have anything new to see.