Choked Movie Review: Anurag Kashyap demonizes demonization in new Netflix movie
Choked Movie Review: Anurag Kashyap’s new Netflix project starring Saiyami Kher and Roshan Mathew is his strangest film since No Smoking.
Netflix’s Choked is a small film from a big filmmaker, a kitchen sink drama in which an actual kitchen sink plays a central role.
Choked, adapted by director Anurag Kashyap with his unique sensibility, is another attempt by the prolific filmmaker to unravel contemporary sociopolitical issues through the prism of genre cinema: it’s a magical realist metaphor for stalled dreams and a surprising satire on sycophancy.
Sarita, now the sole breadwinner in her middle-class Mumbai home – her husband Sushant is unemployed and in debt – is awakened in the middle of the night by a noise from the kitchen. The sink has been giving them trouble lately, but what they thought was a clogged sabzi turns out to be something else entirely. Upon closer inspection, Sarita notices bundles of money covered in plastic being flushed down the drain.
At that moment, after watching Sarita stare aghast at bills that are no longer in circulation, a thought occurred to me. It’s the kind of thought that makes you overestimate your own intelligence. “Could this be about demonetization?”, I asked myself, feeling an excitement I usually associate with the discovery that a new Christopher Nolan film was playing with the concept of time.