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Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai’ releasing on Netflix on June 5

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 21 May 2020: Anurag Kashyap’s latest ‘Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai’ is releasing on June 6 on Netflix. Anurag told filmfare.com, ” “This is very close to my heart. It is the story of a strong-willed middle-class housewife, who finds cash flowing out of her kitchen sink every night and how this changes her life. It is about the relationship and the precarious balance between truth, power, and money.”
The film stars Salyami Kher, Roshan Mathew, Amryta Subhash among others, the Newflix site says.

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Anurag Kashyap at Masterclass session during the IFFM-2016.

REVIEW: Shira Haas’s ‘Unorthodox’ & ‘Queen’ Kangana Ranaut’s flight to freedom

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 4 April 2020: In 2014 when ‘Queen’ was released and today (2020) have about six years in between but ‘Queen’ on the big screen and ‘Unorthodox ‘on Netflix, with its four episodes, crisscross paths where patriarchy remains a driving force and the protagonists choose the path of freedom.

During the IFFM media conference in Melbourne, I told Kangana about ‘Queen’ being her best movie. A Punjabi woman charts her honeymoon alone one day before marriage and beats the ‘sati-savatri’ image. Israeli actress Esty (Sara Haas), escapes a one-year-old arranged marriage with Yanky (Amit Ragav) from her Satmar Jewish community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York to Berlin, where her estranged mum lives. The hubby with a cousin goes searching for her to Berlin.

In Berlin, Esty struggles and tries to peruse her passion for music and singing, which was frowned by her tight-knit orthodox community. Her liberating zeal takes many a form and like Kangna in ‘Queen’, she has a freedom-loving friends group.

Esty’s step by step cultural shift from a suppressed creature to integration in Berlin’s freedom ethos is the highlight of the series. Her first time on the beach, eating a ham sandwich, parties, wearing a Jean and singing in public speak for themselves. It’s the steady demise of orthodoxy with life freeing itself from regressive personal regulations.

This beautifully crafted series directed by Maria Schrader with powerful performances made good and satisfying watching during my self-decided Carona self-isolation. Based on ‘Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots’ by Deborah Feldman, ‘Unorthodox’ is endlessly touching, realistic and gives one hope in a rather complex world.

Written by Anna Winger, Alexa Karolinski, Daniel Hendler, Eli Rosen and Deoborah Feldman, ‘Unorthodox’ is streaming on NETFLIX.

MOVIE REVIEW: Social media peril for the ‘Guilty’

By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 19 March 2020: Watching Karan Johar’s ‘Guilty’ is a peep into the male psyche where a woman is not taken seriously. Even if she says “I have been raped”. She is doubted and advised to keep mum by family and friends. This is the genesis of ‘Guilty’ laced with the flair of the social media age.

Yes, it’s India and Delhi University (DU)’s St. Martin’s College (shot in St. Stephen’s College) where a popular DJ (VJ) allegedly rapes a girl (Tanu) in the presence of friends and his own girlfriend (Nanki). Tanu tweets about it. VJ is a politician’s son and attempts to stop Tanu from filing an FIR amidst all sorts of talk about her character.

Danish who is probing the case for a law firm wins a defamation case against Tanu’s family as the talk of ‘Me too’ reverberates the university. The rest of the movie traces the rather sketchy but concerted moves by Tanu to pin down VJ to face the law. The end is longish with the director falling into the trap of Bollywood style lecturing. Still, the movie (about two hours) gives the message of hope.

‘Guilty’ which is streaming on Netflix, has all the ingredients of an intense social drama with ‘stuff’ (explicit language, intimate scenes, social reality, boozing…) which the Indian censors disdain in movies released in cinema halls. I am sure this movie would have got ‘A’ with many cuts from the Indian censors.

This movie must be watched for the content. In ‘sanskari’ culture girls are supposed to remain silent in such situations. It is this that ‘Guilty’ confronts. And, social media can be a trigger to take the post ‘Me Too’ ahead.

Director Ruchi Narain makes the unsettling movie watchable making Kaira Advani (Nanki) give a good performance. Akansha Ranjan Kapoor (Tanu), Gurfateh Singh Pirzada ,Taher Shabbir, Dalip Tahil, Kunal Vijaykar, and Manu Rishi perform well.