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Today, I remember two films made during the Emergency in the country. One was Amrit Nahata’s film ‘Kissa Kursi Ka’ and second was IS Johar’s film ‘Nasbandi’. A powerful Prime Minister like Indira Gandhi and his son like Sanjay Gandhi, who was selectively targeting the film-goers, making such films on the politics affecting the society through cinema was a 56-inch chest. Anurag Kashyap has done the same thing by making this film on demonetisation. By the time the film came, people have been caught in the lockdown after recovering from the ban on demonetisation, but it is also true that Anurag Kashyap was not expected to have such a cinema directly related to the society in which there is neither a single abusive nor a single sex scene.
Anurag Kashyap, who has been dancing with his hands on his head since the films of Gangs of Wasseypur series, is now coming out of his shell in which he himself was imprisoned. He also believes that he spoiled his cinema even after being under pressure from his films months before the film’s release. Now he is stepping out of the circle around fan boy journalism. He is now handling that childishness within himself, due to which he continues to give spiritual trouble to others. This film of Anurag is dedicated to Shubhra Shetty who came after Kalki Kekalan in his life. His new attachment to life has brought his cinema out of dreams and brought it closer to reality.
While watching Choked, I remembered the anurag that I met on the sidewalk of the Films Division Auditorium on Mahadev Road in Delhi. We might have left after seeing the strings of Manoj Bajpayee. Then there was the insistence of watching cinema with the eyes of society within Anurag. This insistence was later left behind due to his affair with foreign cinema. Anurag’s eyes shine again in Choked. The story of his film is not his own, it is also the plus point of this film. According to Anurag, the implicit Bhave wrote this story seven to eight years ago, it was written for some other purpose, but the demonetisation hit it, Anurag has made it a historical document in the context of a government decision.
Things like Chokd have happened to all the families of the country who have an unemployed husband at home. Is a school going child. There is a woman running a house who knocks in the office throughout the day and cleans the household garbage in the morning and evening. People like ‘Aloo Appa’ who live in the garbage also feed their stomachs. The most important hint of the film is also that the effect of demonetisation is not as it was thought. Those who tied black money in the gutter had huge money even before demonetisation, and if demonetisation took place, they replaced it with the same amount of new notes. Just in case something happens between the two, it is the lungi dance of people who come out of the procession with a plate on the street immediately to enjoy the extreme euphoria of their leader’s decisions.
I do not know what the Censor Board of Prasoon Joshi would have done with this film if it were to be released in theaters, but it is certain that it would not be released in this form. The film also draws a new canvas of performances. In Anurag’s cinema, female characters have a habit of taunting the society around them and asserting their empowerment. Sarita (Sayami Kher) also does the same but their attitude is different. If the customer standing at the counter teases her, she stops speaking and if the lender to the husband wants to touch her, then she also flings her parrot. She loves her husband but walks on her own in bed.
In terms of acting, this film is a show piece for Sayami Kher that she would like to keep her life in front of everyone. Such characters of middle class people are less written in Hindi cinema and to play them with equal vigor is now the priority of the actors, but they also avoid putting their hands in the gutter. Amrita Subhash is here as the female version of Nawazuddin Siddiqui. And, manages to act better than Nawazuddin. The rest of the cast including Roshan Mathew has also supported the film well.
It is necessary to mention two people in the film’s technical team here. The first is the film’s cinematographer Sylvester Fonseca, who has created such camera angles that the viewer makes himself a part of the story as the story begins. The film may have been shot in a middle class house in Mumbai but since it has been shot by making a set of the house, Sylvester was able to show Sarita’s face even from the point of view of the fridge! Karsh Kale’s music helps Anurag hundred percent in setting the mood of the film. The British Bourne Kale, who was just a year away from Utkarsh, understood the sensibilities of the film and according to it has run the tabla. Watch this film as soon as you get your first leisure. From my side, this film gets four stars.
Original title Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai
TMDb Rating 4.8 2 votes