Director: Munish Bhardwaj
Writer: Munish Bhardwaj (story), Munish Bhardwaj
Stars: Devendra Chowhan, Neha Dhupia, Vidushi Mehra
Runtime: 108 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 25 November 2016
Storyline: A young real-estate broker tries to pull off a huge scam, which goes horribly wrong. To fix everything he involves his begrudging wife leading to an end neither could imagine.
Review: Aman (Ranvir Shorey) is a young, hungry real-estate agent who wants it all, and doesn’t care what he has to do to get it. His wife Divya (Vidushi Mehra) works in news television and is working through her own personal and professional compulsions.
Munish Bhardwaj’s debut feature ‘Moh Maya Money’ is set in Delhi, nailing a certain sector of the Capital with an unerring eye, and giving us these two very Delhi creatures: there are hundreds of Amans you can encounter, working several hustles on the side, juggling so many balls at the same time that they are in the danger of forgetting that they can trip and fall anytime. And there are so many Divyas too, trying to balance stresses at work and home and a marriage which has begun creaking.
The film also feels very apt, in these tough times of demonetisation, with its leitmotif of greed — all that unaccounted for money that Aman covets has been washed through the complicated innards of the real-estate business, where the difference between black and white blurs and is stark at the same time.
When Aman tries to stitch together a deal which he feels he can’t miss, and misses by a large mile, everything starts to come apart at the seams. Up until then, Moh Maya Money is shaping up to be a fine thriller, with characters hiding their real selves beneath masks. That’s when the film begins unraveling, too, unnecessarily looping upon itself, and getting repetitive.
Shorey is good as usual, nailing the desperation of the kind of person who feels entitled to grab what he can because that’s what he sees everyone doing. Dhupia has a strong track too. But some performances are inept. And the climax, as well as the lead-up to it, is a stretch.
The story builds quite well and keeps you guessing. The twists are interesting, unexpected and add to the story. It has a non-linear narrative, but it’s not tough to follow. However, the loose ends could have been tied up well, and the end leaves you wanting more. Although it’s a well made crime thriller, there are a few loose ends which could have been tied up well. The effect is that the end leaves you wanting more.
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