Bollywood’s capability of directing survival thrillers has always been questioned as its been a genre that has not been explored a lot by our filmmakers. Yes, its a fact that we may have not been able to achieve the level of classics like Castaway, Life of Pi and Alive, but Trapped might just be the breakthrough Bollywood needed in this genre. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, the man behind Masaan and Lootera, Trapped is a film for the elite and the brave hearted.
Starting on a light and comic note Trapped gives you an initial five to ten minutes to ease into the journey. Leading this one man show, Rajkumar Rao, is a happy go lucky person and is busy figuring out his new love life. In a series of events that surprisingly force him to rent an apartment in a deserted building in the heart of Mumbai, he moves into his new home with big dreams. The next day, while hurrying from his new home he gets into a situation where the door of his house shuts and the keys are left hanging on the outside of the door. Despite a slightly unconventional beginning, Rajkumar Rao’s acting makes you want to watch the remainder of this tripping thriller.
As the journey gathers pace and we move ahead, the film gets into its real look, which leaves you gloomy and weary of what is to come up with all cameras on the leading guy and a few insects and rodents. Given his earlier ventures, Vikramaditya Motwane goes into a completely different theme and his lack of experience reflects in some parts of the film. After cries of help and gruesome trials to get himself out for a good forty to forty five minutes in the film, I lost hopes of an entertaining film and Rajkumar being able to get out of the house.
Monotony and failures were soon welcomed by showers of Mumbai and brought some relief to me and Shaurya (Rajkumar Rao) too. Slowly the tone of the film changes as Shaurya says “Kuch bhi ho jaaye idhar marna nahi hai” and formulates a plan to escape his doomed abode. The film brings in a couple of songs which help lighten the scenario and hilarious references to the Man vs Wild show help Trapped being a worthwhile watch. Rajkumar Rao takes a step ahead as the actor once again gives us a glimpse of his fine mettle.
Trapped ends on an OK note with things changing drastically in the Shaurya’s life. Compared to the kind of cinema we are used, Trapped is a bit different but is an effort worth applauding. Trapped, according to me is the first film of its type in Bollywood and despite some of its naive flaws, the film does manage to do some good for the Indian film society.
The Cinema Station’s Rating: Short 3 Tier AC Journey.