Trapped is a survival thriller starring Rajkummar Rao as the protagonist and the film is helmed by Vikramaditya Motwane. The film was first premiered at the Mumbai Film Festival on October 26, 2016 and received rave appreciation and standing ovation.


‘Shaurya’ played by Rajkummar Rao, is a regular working guy who has an exquisite crush on his office colleague ‘Noorie’ played by Geetanjali Thappa. Shaurya, after many awkward attempts to propose her finally succeeds in convincing her to go out on a date with him and soon they fall in love. 

Shaurya proposes for marriage to Noorie and she accepts with a condition. The condition is to buy a flat for them post their wedding and with the help of a shady broker Shaurya finally finds an empty flat in a desolated Mumbai high rise and moves in. One day accidentally, he ends up locking himself in his flat and to make things worse his phone battery dies, electricity and food supply runs out. The building is devoid of residents and Shaurya is forced to take extreme measures to ensure his survival. 


The performance by Rajkummar Rao has been stellar. Being fairly unknown in the industry, he has taken the box-office by a storm. From the very first scene of the movie, the actor captivates the audience by his applause-worthy acting. The timeframe of dialogue delivery wasn’t sufficient enough when compared to other movies in the box office but still withstanding all that, Rajkummar as stunned everyone with his performance in Trapped. His views on Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest in the real world are hugely inspiring and jaw-dropping. We were hooked onto movie because we see this happening in real life and can completely relate to it by putting ourselves in that situation. The change of image and character from being a timid human being to go out of his comfort zone to survive is scintillating.


Being a thriller movie, the background music didn’t really help the cause. The music should be dark and sinister but it was less as it should be. When the scenes of the movie were a bit scary and nerve-pinching, then the music which is supposed to back the movie scene and should complement each other but it was not constant and a particular flow wasn’t being developed. This is really disappointing because every horror/thriller movie has a very evil background music which lays massive emphasis and enhances the viewing of the movie for the audience. It is a bridge between the audience and the movie which connects one another mentally. Only glimpses of that were to be found in the movie but we must say that Alokananda Dasgupta’s music is decent and has huge potential.


Nitin Baid as an editor has done a fairly decent job. Shots of Shaurya’s attempt to escape could have been more engaging. Some of the shots were rather predictable and failed to create a surprise element. Editing of the film could have been much better considering this film being a survival thriller. 


Cinematography done by Siddharth Diwan is well packed-in with Rao being captured from every angle possible with multiple small cameras. Some of the shots remind you of reality shows were Rao is shot closely with entire array of emotions. There are scenese which remind you of movies like ‘127 Hours’ and ‘Life of Pi’. Many of the footage is shot in natural light. Diwan with his clever camera expertise restricts your vision and makes the outside world look like a doomed place.

Writing & Screen Play

Exemplary write-up is the backbone of this film and writers Amit Joshi and Hardik Mehta leave no stone unturned to make this survival fable a gripping one. The story is thrilling and thought-inducing at places where it needs to be. Emotions are well portrayed and it connects to the audience at an emotional level. Screen play is tight and certain footage timings are well timed and don’t test your patience at all. 
A gripping tale of a man's will to survive and conquer. Special appearance: mouse, cockroach, pigeon, darkness, loneliness.

Suggestto Verdict

A gripping tale of a man's will to survive and conquer. Special appearance: mouse, cockroach, pigeon, darkness, loneliness. Go with your family or your friends. Not a film for a date and definitely not for the weak hearted.

Go, get a fresh perspective to life.

General Details

Run TIme
105 Minutes

Cast & Crew

Male Lead
Rajkummar Rao
Female Lead
Geetanjali Thapa
Vikramaditya Motwane
Madhu Mantena, Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap
Alokananda Dasgupta
Amit Joshi, Hardik Mehta
Siddarth Diwan