Director: Vikramaditya Motwane
Cast: Rajkummar Rao
When the intensity of director and actor matches, the end product is always powerful. ‘Trapped’ is an amazing survival thriller which keeps you invested in Shaurya’s attempts to get out of the house he’s trapped in.
Director Vikramaditya Motwane (also directed ‘Udaan’ and ‘Lootera’) gives us a quick introduction to Shaurya (Rajummar Rao) and his love interest so that we can get a liking for his character and then the story goes right onto the business. The sequences that led him to get caged in his own apartment are spontaneously shown so that they look natural. Rajkummar Rao’s shout-outs for help, option seeking through whatever resources he can opt from the house and the extreme measures he had to take, are precisely directed.
There is no over-smartness in storytelling. Everything you can think of to get out of the house, the script and direction has handled it perfectly so that you get convinced that there is no possible way out. It’s a clever move from the makers to show the film without intermission. Thrilling movies like these need to be experienced continuously. One thing I felt needed a better handling is when the help was coming; Rao’s character could have done more to get the attention. It seemed a little unconvincing.
The brilliant thing of Trapped is the cinematic circle that repeats itself. Motwane’s smart approach to the story, his understanding of Rajkummar Rao as an actor and his strengths and then Rajkummar’s comprehension of what the character and director demand, these two skillful fellows made the movie watchful.
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There are engrossing phases in the struggle of Shaurya. With each failure, he learns something; he gets frustrated and then he realizes that flexibility and bravery go a long way. It’s always challenging to shoot the whole film in one room. Motwane and the Production Design team have done a commendable job in making the house look like hell.
Rajkummar Rao keeps giving memorable performances. He should be applauded more often for his genuine contribution to Bollywood and cinema in the form of ‘Shahid’, ‘Love, Sex aur Dhoka’, ‘Aligarh’. Like I said, his understanding of the topic is clearly visible by the way he transforms himself during his caged time in the house. Simple and helpless guy with a dream, clueless as to what to do in emergency, improvisations to get help and the eventual realization to take charge of the situation, all these aspects are superbly delivered by him. I loved the way he shouts ‘watchmen’ and cries for help from the balcony.
Understand this, Trapped doesn’t have many dialogues so Rao needed to show his struggle mostly through his expressions and frustration and he tops it. His journey moment by moment, ups and downs in his quest are supremely enacted.
Trapped is a brilliant survival quest film. Vikramaditya Motwane proves that strong script, thoughtful direction and honest performance can make the movie engaging. Rajkummar Rao lifts the film with his remarkable acting.