Moh Maya Money Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
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
Moh Maya Money Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Neha Dhupia’s character takes centre stage in the second half and her graph goes through a dramatic shift, while Shorey’s remains largely consistent. Dhupia sinks into her character and internalises her state of mind. Shorey, who knocked it out of the park in Titli, is fairly committed here, even though his character’s attributes allow him only as much. While director Munish Bhardwaj tightly packs in much in the 109 minutes of the film’s runtime, there was scope for improvement. For one, the use of multiple perspectives to convey the same sequence seems repetitive and unnecessary. Especially since the additional track introduced could’ve been retained to add an element of intrigue to the climax. A mystery this is not as the film follows the inevitable. But how it wraps up may not be anticipated and is worth a watch.
Moh Maya Money Review by IANS on Sify
The script written by director Munish Bhardwaj has a convoluted screenplay. Narrated in a non-linear fashion with different, points of view, the plot gets repetitive, boring and tiresome. While the story is interesting and the tale evenly paced, the narrative drags and the consequence is predictable. While most of the supporting characters are one-dimensional souls, what keeps you glued to your seat is the quirky and complex characterization of its lead cast. The film is Ranvir Shorey’s canvas, being a natural actor with limited means, he delivers half-heartedly as Aman Mehra. He shines in some scenes as a weak human being and he sleep walks through the others. He is aptly and efficiently supported by Neha Dhupia, whose strong personality befits Divya. Together they make the perfect, odd couple.
Moh Maya Money Review by Indiaglitz
The story is typical and been shown is several films. The slow narrative style dilutes the flow of the film. The middle portions drags due to repetitive scenes and situations. The second half goes on an impractical mode with loads of cinematic liberties and ends up on a forced abrupt note. The connection factor is highly missing in the film. The cinematography is average and fails to enhance the quality of the film. The director has some decent twist and turns induced into the screenplay but fails to execute it due to the slow pace and inconsistent second half of the film. Neha Dhupia has lost her sexy image and looks quite bloated in every scene of the film.
Moh Maya Money Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
The only shiny beacon is Neha Dhupia whose character grows on you, in spite of the surprise turn towards the end. The story is like so many insurance fraud movies you have seen. You can see where the story is going and wish there was even a teensy-weensy bit of humor in the story. The director makes Ranveer’s character so weak, so miserable, you don’t like him. And once the protagonist becomes dour and unlikeable, the rest of the movie is so easy to dislike. The end is obvious, and you wish it come earlier
Review by Reza Noorani on The Times Of India
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. Moh Maya Money is a well-made crime thriller, where the characters may be cheating each other, but you’ll sure get your money’s worth.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
The highlight of MOH MAYA MONEY is the interesting premise and some realistic performance from the lead – Neha Dhupia and Ranveer Shorey. The greed, aghast and guilt are well portrayed by the two. The dialogues are crisp while the city of Delhi and Resul Pookutty’s background score play important characters in the film. What falters the chances of MOH MAYA MONEY to be a stout desi de noir thriller is its predictability in Munish Bhardwaj’s linear narrative that just before the interval you stop worrying as the proceedings give a bingo feeling to the audience’s thought process. It’s happening just as the way they thought. The twist later fails to thrill as it should have and the lack of intensity, excitement in the unfolding during the climax doesn’t do any good.
Review by Kriti Tulsiani on News18
The first half keeps you invested but the second half gets you meandering pretty quickly. It gets a little over-dramatic with a bunch of twists and turns thrown here and there – the moment Ranvir’s character goes to buy a gun, you get to know where the story is heading. To the maker’s credit, the sound effect only enhances the narration and not for once works as a distraction. All in all, the film is a good watch and worth your new notes but be prepared for a tad-bit drama. And needless to say, the topicality and the timing, by the virtue of PM Modi’s ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes couldn’t be more perfect.
Review by Suparna Sharma on Deccan Chronicle
The film opens with the accident scene and then winds back 45 days before the accident. Somewhere in those days we figure that Divya has a secret life. Debutant writer-director Munish Bhardwaj’s Moh Maya Money is a moral tale with a sharp sting. Its engaging, intelligent plot keeps things nicely concealed till it twists to reveal one thing, and then another and another… shocking and delighting us at every turn.
Review by Johnson Thomas on Mid-Day India
The pacing becomes a liability and the performances although earnest, don’t have the emotional connect to make this effort more affecting. The no-frills approach also makes it less enlivening. And it’s ironic that a film that is trying so hard to be different actually ends up making the same mistakes that the Bollywood masala brigade has enshrined. The dialogues throw up interesting analogies but the script can’t sustain the witty energy for long. It’s a pity that neither the moh, maya or the money alluded to, is likely make you feel welcome for long.
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