A crime thriller co-written and directed by Munish Bhardwaj, Moh Maya Money 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. In this film, Bhardwaj offers a scathing dissection of modern relationships while also offering the pleasures of an engaging crime thriller. Both Neha Dhupia and Ranvir Shorey deliver convincing performances, which may remind some of their earlier collaboration Mithya—a swell film directed by Rajat Kapoor.
'Moh Maya Money' presents us with motley collection of duplicitous characters: swindling husbands, cheating wives, unforgiving loan sharks, manipulative bosses, obsessive paramours.
In Moh Maya Money, Bhardwaj succeeds in exposing the superficiality and opportunism that drive some modern relationships, and how fidelity can become negotiable when lucre and lies extend a more powerful grasp than love. Bhardwaj achieves making the film a hard-hitting critique 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 (based on a novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn). Bhardwaj's clever choice of a nonlinear narrative adds an additional layer to the film that actually enhances the viewing experience.
Moh Maya Money presents us with motley collection of duplicitous characters: swindling husbands, cheating wives, unforgiving loan sharks, manipulative bosses and obsessive paramours. Corruption of various kinds is the common thread, and it wouldn't be farfetched to describe the film as a modern noir.
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 has not properly utilized his acting talents.
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 this shortcoming. Moh Maya Money is dark, diabolical, and disturbing and you should watch it only if you can handle confronting certain uncomfortable truths.
A version of this review was first published in A Potpourri of Vestiges.