Shaurya is in urgent need of a new apartment. He’s just made an impulsive marriage proposal, the clock is ticking and the tiny flat he shares with half a dozen layabouts is not suitable for his hopeful bride-to-be. When he’s offered an affordable place in an otherwise abandoned Mumbai high-rise, he jumps at the chance, never mind the spotty access to running water and electricity. But on his first morning, he manages to lock himself inside due to a faulty door and misplaced keys. With the power out, the faucets running dry and no one around to hear Saurya’s screams for help, what at first seems like a minor setback quickly escalates into a desperate fight for survival.
IFFLA alum Vikramaditya Motwane’s third feature film is both a virtuosic thriller and a dazzling showcase for star Rajkummar Rao’s ferociously committed performance. Armed with a consistently clever screenplay by Amit Joshi and Hardik Mehta, Motwane uses his limited space to create a set that’s both a nightmarish prison for Shaurya and the potential key to his escape – if only he can figure out a plan in time. Essentially a one-man survival show with humor and heart to spare, the film could not work without Rao’s willingness to push himself to physical and behavioral extremes. The results are captivating.
- Vikramaditya Motwane
Vikramaditya Motwane, of UDAAN and LOOTERA fame, directs Rajkummar Rao in TRAPPED, which got a standing ovation at its MAMI screening last year. It’s the 14th film produced by Phantom, India’s first director’s company that was founded in 2011.