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.

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  • 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.