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Trapped: A New Kind of Cinema in the Bollywood Vicinity.
Survival thrillers are not a new subject in Hollywood but here in India, it is a genre which is hardly known and accepted. Vikramaditya Motwane’s third outing Trapped is one of the first survival films of Bollywood and for this, we need to applaud the man and his team. It is a fresh, non-Bollywood-ish and praiseworthy effort, but still very few people actually came out from their houses to watch this film in the theaters, we live in a country where nobody gives a chance to something new. The budget of the film is around 3 crores and it has made 1.44 crore in the first weekend, yes the collections saw the jump but the spike was minimal. With a small 300 screen release, we are not expecting 100 crores but at least 15-20 crore business is something which it deserves. Actually, it is a film which has entertainment and I feel it is a commercial film because all the things which happen in the movie to trap the protagonist after sometime give us a feel that these are done for the convenience of the screenplay similar to the ways of good commercial films with flaws.
This is not a Cast Away or 127 hours, Trapped is like Swiss Army Man which despite its flaws is a beautiful film and above all a difficult one especially in a country like India. The concept is brilliant but it is almost impossible to develop it into a movie convincingly but Motwane has done it to a large extent and all credit must go to Rajkumar Rao. What a powerhouse talent he is, for me he is bigger than the movie. I mean it is commendable to capture the attention of the audiences for more than 100 minutes by one single actor on screen and he fucking did it in Trapped. This is one of the greatest performances by a lead actor in the recent times and it is high time Rao gets a big hit also along with the acclaim he is getting for his performances in the films like Shahid, Trapped and Citylights. I also want to confess that I didn’t like Lootera and even Udaan was also a one-time affair for me, so naturally Trapped is Motwane’s best film till date, with minimal storytelling and turns his photography and art direction team have done wonders. I recommend everyone to give this movie a chance and watch it in the theaters. Now, the weekdays have started and the movie deserve audiences to fill the seats.