Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed and co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, written by Nihit Bhave, and jointly produced by Netflix and Good Bad Films (in their debut production).The film stars Saiyami Kher and Roshan Mathew, with Amruta Subhash and Rajshri Deshpande appearing in supporting roles. Set against the backdrop of 2016 Indian banknote demonetisation, the film tells the story of a bank cashier who discovers a stash of cash hidden in her kitchen sink.
Sarita and Sushant live in lower middle class neighborhood of Mumbai, trying to make ends meet with their young son.
This past experience chokes her frequently, bringing stress and anxiety.
The burden on Sarita to work long hours at the bank with full responsibility at home causes frequent fights. In midst of this, viewers learn that an unknown man brings a heavy suitcase in the same building as the Pillai’s who rolls up large cash bundles in a ziploc bag and stuffs it in bathroom drain.
This hidden location is meant to imply hiding of black-money, which is learned to be cause of choking water.
One night, Sarita wakes up to drink water and she hears loud noises in the same pipe. She goes to check and starts to open and clean up the dirty water. To her surprise, she finds those hidden stuffed bags containing cash. She is astounded and after verifying validity of cash at her bank, she uses cash to pay off Sushant’s debt. Upon Sushant’s inquiry, she responds that she has extra cash from her mother’s fixed deposit.
she continues to get this “choked money” and uses it. Sarita goes to great lengths to hide this secret, even from Sushant by frequently locking up her kitchen.