Review: Trapped – Anxiety inducing survival drama

Posted on 20 March, 2017 by Team Wishberry

Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times
 

How I have longed to catch this film! I missed the screening of Trapped at MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, and ever since that I’ve been constantly hearing how intense Rajkummar Rao’s performance is in the film.

 

And now, after watching it, I cannot help but praise every person who made this film possible — the writing, background score, the songs, special effects, editing, the direction. This film is amazing in every department, however, the acting no doubt steals the show. There is no way a person won’t turn into a Rajkummar Rao fan after watching Trapped he has slayed the whole generation with this performance.

 

Trapped, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane is a survival-drama film of a man stuck in a high-rise apartment in Mumbai — without food, water or electricity.

 

The film opens to a meek and shy Saurabh (Rajkummar Rao), who has developed a crush on his colleague, Noorie (Geetanjali Thapa). They soon hit it off, and now they are at the make-or-break phase of their relationship — the mother ship — finding an apartment to live-in in Mumbai.

 

A shady opportunistic broker’s assistant, careless roomies, upset girlfriend and a partially deaf watchman, are what it took for us to know that the other 90 minutes of the film (105 min) aren’t going to be pleasant. Films like these are rare, from which good ones are barely any.

Rajkummar has become the character in every film that he’s been a part of; he transforms himself with every script. For Trapped, he alters himself into a withdrawn introverted 20-something, who does things the way they’re supposed to be done, eats what is prescribed by his religion and wears a defensive guard to protect these empty rules at all times.

 

While many other critics prescribed that the film is repetitive, stretched and needed more meat to it, I didn’t feel the need for anything more. The writers, Amit Joshi and Hardik Mehta, have balanced the grim disturbing plot with humour just enough to lighten up the situation and put you back to shiver in your seat.

 

Vikramaditya Motwane’s talent of seizing raw emotion is rare in Indian cinema, and all of his directorial ventures capture the same in the most normal things people do every day (a rough morning jog for Udaan, the tree and its last leaf for Lootera). For Trapped, it is obsession with survival, shown by simply how the character sets things on fire, and then turns it off, hunts and preserves water. From shooting in an apartment, to creating multiple humorous VFX popped dream sequences, to capturing an actual mouse running inside the apartment — he’s done a fantastic job.

 

The music by Alokananda Dasgupta is satisfying as well. She has craftily used the sounds of the city, with the noise of a man struggling to cut the grills. It takes away the feeling of being confined, while keeping the film dark.

 

Trapped appears as if it’s for the niche audience, but here’s a film that bridges the gap — it is a film that even the masala loving masses would enjoy. The film is so relatable — it induces a sense of anxiety — anyone could actually be a victim to this plot. If you’ve not caught the film yet, do that today!

 

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