Moh Maya Money: Movie Review

By Murtaza Ali Khan

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Moh Maya Money(2016), Movie Poster, Directed by Munish Bhardwaj
Moh Maya Money(2016) By Munish Bhardwaj
Moh Maya Money is a 2016 crime thriller co-written and directed by Munish Bhardwaj. The film revolves around a young couple living in Delhi. The husband, played by Ranvir Shorey, is a fast-taking real estate broker and the wife, played by Neha Dhupia, is a successful television producer. Bhardwaj offers a scathing dissection of the modern relationships. The film doubles up as an engaging crime thriller thanks to convincing performances from Ranvir Shorey and Neha Dhupia which may remind some of their earlier collaboration Mithya—a swell film directed by Rajat Kapoor.   
In Moh Maya Money, Bhardwaj succeeds in exposing the superficiality and opportunism that drives modern relationships. The film proves to be an effective critique on the lack of fidelity in modern marriages. Bhardwaj achieves it by taking an extreme stand on what can possibly go wrong in a relationship. The film may remind some of David Fincher's brilliant film Gone Girl. Bhardwaj’s clever choice of a nonlinear narrative adds an additional layer to the film that actually enhances the viewing experience. 
Ranvir Shorey in Moh Maya Money
Ranvir Shorey in Moh Maya Money
Moha Maya Money presents us with motley of duplicitous characters: swindling husbands, cheating wives, unforgiving loan sharks, manipulative boses, and obsessive paramours. The omnipresent corruption reminds one of the classic hardboiled fiction. As a matter of fact, it wouldn’t be farfetched to describe the film as a modern noir.
Neha Dhupia in Moh Maya Money
Neha Dhupia in Moh Maya Money
Ranvir Shorey is one of the most underrated actors in the country and here he demonstrates yet again what he is capable of doing in front of the motion picture camera. As an actor he has a remarkable range and can seamlessly shift gears. In Moh Maya Money, as in Mithya, Shorey gets to play a multilayered character and goes through the whole gamut of emotions. It is really a pity that Bollywood is not able to properly utilize his acting talents.
Ranvir Shorey and Neha Dhupia in Munish Bhardwaj's Moh Maya Money
A Still from Munish Bhardwaj's Moh Maya Money
Overall, Moh Maya Money has all the makings of a brilliant film but its rather weak ending fails to provide the perfect closure. But it remains a relevant film despite the shortcoming. Moh Maya Money is dark, diabolical, and disturbing and is strictly recommended for serious viewing only.

Rating: 7/10

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  1. Good review! "but its rather weak ending"- This view was shared in other reviews also that I had read...

  2. I thought it was a gripping movie from the beginning to the end. I dont see how else it should end since the protagonist is doomed from the beginning and I found the sequence of events to be quite "logical" and both the main characters were destined for a tragic end.


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