TRAPPED Movie Review: An outstandingly brilliant gut wrenching, pulse riser

Director : Vikramaditya Motwane
Music : Alokananda Dasgupta
Starring : Rajkummar Rao, Geetanjali Thapa

March 16, 2017 10:55:05 AM IST
Trapped Review By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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Sheer Brilliance. To hold your attention for 102 minutes with the simplest of plot keeping your eyes wide open and mind completely engaged with the protagonist with minimum of dialogues is an achievement in itself.


TRAPPED presented by Reliance Entertainment and produced by Madhu Mantena, Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap is director Vikramaditya Motwane's third film after a four year of hiatus since LOOTERA (2013) and it's worth a wait. Undeniably the most masterly crafted modern Bollywood thriller TRAPPED sharpens Vikramaditya Motwane's arc as a story teller and in the simplest way it can be. Continuing the UDAAN (journey, fly, rise) with such wings and feathers that amazingly had never flocked together - all of Motwane's work as a helmer UDAAN, LOOTERA & TRAPPED are different in genres making him a true ingenious filmmaker.

Writers Amit Joshi and Hardik Mehta pen this simple plot that can happen to any individual residing in a high rise in a metropolitan city. Here it's Amchi Mumbai. Shaurya (Rajkummar Rao) is smitten by the charm of his office colleague Noorie (Geetanjali Thapa). Shaurya gets serious and in the impulse of spending his rest of life with Noorie who is about to get married in a couple of days, leaves his bachelors apartment and searches for a 1BHK (another prime character in the film) in a hurry. The eagerness to get a 1 BHK, lands Shaurya to a flat in high rise building by the name Swarg Apartments courtesy a shady agent. Swarg Apartment is in legal trouble and the entire building is vacant with just a tone deaf watchman in its premise. Shaurya moves in at night and when he wakes up problems begin. First the water supply stops and when he is about to leave his rented apartment, the door gets jammed with the keys remaining outside and to add more to the agony, the electricity fades and in this age of smart phones and slick wheels, Shaurya's mobile struggles to get charged due to lack of electricity.

In a city like Mumbai where many a times even after having all the privileges, we still don't know the name of our neighbors as we are 'trapped' in our daily routine, the agony of Shaurya locked in a building where no one stays gets instant connect with the audience in this deliberately restricted 1 bed room hall kitchen premise. As the movie progresses Vikramaditya Motwane successfully makes the audience feel as claustrophobic as the character and comes triumph as a story teller. While watching we are reminded of PANIC ROOM, REPULSION and even RGV's KAUN to an extant for its single apartment premise but Vikramaditya smartly gives the movie its own identity by remarkably maintaining the tension without letting a single second/frame getting missed and sprinkling the proceedings with occasional dose of dark/black humour adding to the excitement.

Yes you need a strong stomach and an appetite for such song less thrillers with minimum of dialogues and funny interactions with a mouse for a laugh. Knowing very well that Shaurya will come out of the apartment, we are glued nonstop to the screen with moments that I won't mention and avoid to be called as a spoiler.

After the plot and the 1BHK, all that Vikramaditya Motwane had was an actor in Rajkummar Rao who incredibly nails it to perfection in this tight, focused performance that is illuminated by shades of impulse, black humour and terrific spontaneity. Geetanjali Thapa does well too.

Special mention for Siddharth Diwan's outstanding cinematography and Nitin Baid's razor sharp editing that maintains the tension throughout is a must. Alokananda Dasgupta's brilliant background and Anish John's sound design make sure that the pulses of the audience are constantly on rise.

Certainly not for the weak hearted, weak stomachs and entertainment hungry souls of Bollywood, TRAPPED is a triumph in Bollywood's claustrophobic thriller genre that is masterly crafted by Vikramaditya Motwane and brilliantly acted by Rajkummar Rao. If you want to get rid from the 'trap' of the routine Bollywood thrills and have the appetite to try something different and new then get 'TRAPPED' at your nearest screens.

 Trapped Review Rating : 
4/5 stars

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