‘Trapped’ movie review by ‘Divya Solgama’
In the year 1964, Sunil Dutt created history by producing, directing and acting in a film known as ‘Yaadein’. This movie was the first Indian film, which featured only a single actor (with Nargis in a silhouette) a found an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. The entire film was set in the apartment of its solo character and had scenes featuring him and his reminiscence. Decades passed by and very few filmmakers dared to venture into this taboo territory of making films set mostly in one location and that too with minimal actors. Director Vikramaditya Motwane’s latest film ‘Trapped’ is one such film with minimal characters and set mostly in one location. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Trapped’ will manage to repeat the history by delivering something unseen and path breaking from our routine escapist cinema or might end up among all those films where besides the unique concept there’s nothing else to cherish.
‘Trapped’ is a story of Shaurya (Rajkummar Rao), who falls in love with his office colleague Noorie (Geetanjali Thapa). Noorie is set to get married to someone else. Shaurya wants Noorie to be with him, but does not have a decent place to live with her. Thus, Shaurya decides to rent a good place for both of them. With minimum budget, Shaurya ends up getting a vacant flat in a disputed high rise building. Before he could let Noorie know about the place, Shaurya gets trapped inside that empty flat. All his means of contact with the world starts to fade out and what happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The story will remind you of some Hollywood films like ‘127 Hours’, ‘Cast Away’, ‘Buried’ and a few other survival based films. This is indeed the first of its kind in our Hindi cinema and on the lines of ‘Yaadien’. Despite of these minor similarities the movie has its own merit to credit. The story idea is interesting and inquisitive. The film starts with a short and sweet romantic note and does not linger around to get to its main plot. The moment Rajkummar Rao is trapped inside the empty flat, the movie sets on a nail-biting ride. The back to back unfortunate events adds as a good twist in the screenplay. Rajkummar trying to communicate with the help of cardboard is one of the brilliant tracks in the film. Most of the survival scenes are well written with a good amount of curiosity factor attached to it. Food and water track also adds as a key part in the story narration. The finale survival act is well shot. On the flip side, the movie tends to become repetitive after a while. There are many unwanted scenes which fail to get justified. The movie tries to move on a jet speed mode due to which the connectivity fails to get established. The frustration at several times is not up to the mark. Also, the finale tends to sum it up in a subtle manner and leaves you on an underwhelming note. The cinematography is good and works in the favour of the film.
The background music is one of the key ingredients in the film and works as an additional screenplay.
Director Vikramadita Motwane dares to narrate an out of the box type of film. He highly succeeds in the initial parts of the film along with extracting one of the finest performance from his lead actor. The movie will be remembered among the unique type of films from our country and had all the potential to become a path-breaking type of film. The problem with ‘Trapped’ is that the movie has a one liner story and runs mainly on its screenplay, which starts to wobble after a time and loses its connect as it progresses towards the finale. The culmination part is highly missing.
Rajkummar Rao ends up delivering one of his finest performances. His devotion to his character is totally pure, due to which one can feel his pain, agony and suffering at several points. A scene where he is petrified of a rat is one of his best scenes from his career. Geetanjali Thapa looks pretty, but has been highly underutilized.
On an overall basis, ‘Trapped’ has layers of masterful performance by Rajkummar Rao along with an inquisitive tale attached to it. It’s indeed a towering effort from our Hindi films. The ones who have not seen any of those survival type of films, might love this movie, the others who love different type of films will like it and the for all the masala entertainer lovers the movie will make them feel trapped for sure.
Rating – 3/5 (Source – Bollywood Times)