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Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Confusing Indian drama has language and violence.

Movie NR 2020 104 minutes
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This movie feels long and confusing and filled with seeming irrelevancies to the main story. Although Saiyami Kher is convincing as the annoyed wife who can't trust her husband, we never understand why Sushant doesn't get a job or help around the house. The backstory of Sarita's inability to sing before a crowd has little relevance to the more important story about the found money. Half the time we have no idea what Sarita's plan is -- legal or illegal -- so we don't know if we should root for her. And the origins of the money are unexplained through much of the movie, leaving the audience confused and, with no information to go on, a bit bored.

Residents of the apartment building lock and unlock doors secretly and walk in and out of apartments, yet we rarely know where we are or why. We don't learn until the end of Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai that Sarita's parents are rich and Sushant's aren't. At that point in the action, how does that information even move the plot along? There are better foreign films for teens to enjoy out there.

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