Movie Highlight: ‘Trapped’, Rao-Motwane’s urban ‘127 hours’.


A man gets trapped in a flat in an empty building and must get himself out.

Vikramaditya Motwane, is the guy who made ‘Udaan’ (which itself was about various trappings and breaking them to follow your dreams) and ‘Lootera’, (which I haven’t seen yet). One is a ‘Coming of age tale’ and another a ‘Romance Drama’. Motwane switches genre effortlessly with ‘Trapped’.

Rajkumar Rao is a delight to watch. He carries the movie on his shoulder. There are several long stretches in movie in which we are with his character ‘Shourya’ who is alone trapped trying to break free.These scenes reminded me of the climax of ‘Predator’ where for half an hour or so, there are no dialogues but it’s filled with nail-biting suspense and you are on edge of your seat.

  I couldn’t point any possible fallacy of how he gets trapped in the room and can’t get out or get any help.

  There are two scenes, however, which really felt out-of-place in the movie and could have been incorporated well.

  But what I most liked about ‘Trapped’ is how it’s just not about a guy trapped in a room. Its much more than that. Most of the film centres around Rajkumar Rao’s character ‘Shuarya’. There are only 10 or so characters listed in the credits (most of which have only one scene.) Vikramadiya Motwane himself admitted in an interview that he made this small film because another of his film which he was supposed to make got stuck. But, despite of being such a small film with such a simple plot, ‘Trapped’ has so much more to say.

  It’s about being trapped in societal barriers, being trapped in our deep-rooted fears and phobias, our religious beliefs and sentiments.

   These themes are woven cleverly in the simple story and thus elevate the movie from an average survival thriller. And that’s why this movie deserves to be watched my more people.

P.S.: Vikramaditya Motwane is supposedly switching genre again, by adapting Stan Lee’s Superhero tale ‘Chakra: The Invincible’!!! I love this guy!!!

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