“I think the other side of that is embracing the claustrophobia, and that’s what a huge piece of this show is, just watching people go through having to be stuck in that. I think the audience is going to feel some of that. It might not be comfortable, but it’s really cool to just be experiencing that along with the characters that you’re watching.”
– Kyra Zagoraky
This quote has been turned into a full 100-minute feature film this week, in Vikramaditya Motwane’s third film, Trapped.
The very thought of getting locked or trapped in a claustrophobic home can be frightening and nerve-racking, let alone a cinematic experience. It takes much fearlessness to center your film around just one protagonist and portrays his anguish, fear, and valour.
Shaurya (Rajkumar Rao) is the central character here. One accidental and unfortunate event leads him locked inside his house. With no mode of communication and eatables, he has to exploit his wits to set himself free from the enclosed and exhausting space of his apartment.
Motwane’s subject may be esoteric, but it is equally compelling and courageous. With an eerie camerawork and background score, claustrophobic cinematography and a go-for-broke performance by its hero, Trapped prove to be an eccentric and electrifying cinematic experience in equal measure.
For his sheer imagination and dangerously realistic thought, Motwane deserves to be applauded. After the heartwarming and rousing coming-of-age Udaan (2010) and the exquisitely shot and endearingly performed Lootera (2013), the filmmaker depicts what could be our realities some day.
However, the man of the hour is Rajkumar Rao. Known for his chameleonsque demeanour and galvanising performances, the actor once again displays his knack for choosing bold and brave roles and sinking his teeth into the characters. He makes the helplessness, claustrophobia, and courage of Shaurya entirely palpable.
As the film ends and the lights come back on, you are left with bittersweet emotions. You may extol his efforts but also be frightened of going through that very traumatic experience.
P.S- The film does not have an Interval, that might make Trapped a lot more exhausting yet exciting.