In Cast Away, when Tom Hanks makes a Wilson volleyball his companion, you understand the need and desperation of this man who has been deserted on an island and hasn’t seen a soul since forever. And then you see Rajkummar Rao do the same thing with a rat, even when he is in the heart of Mumbai, surrounded by men, unable to communicate, unable to speak to anyone.
Trapped is a survival drama movie which has a very basic concept and a rather compelling storyline. A man, trapped in a non-furnished flat on the 35th floor of an under construction building , with no water, no electricity, no food, no charged mobile, nobody knowing where he is. Very basic. Nothing fancy. And yet Vikramaditya Motwane manages to take this story to another level(pun unintended!).
This man, in dire need of a flat because he has to bring his runaway bride to a home, decides against his better judgement to rent a 35th floor apartment in a building inhabited by no one, but given in full confidence by the broker. And a tiny two second mistake starts the unfortunate story.
After his limited stock of biscuits and water empties, he confronts another version of himself that is sometimes repelling to him while sometimes necessary for him. He does everything you can imagine that you would do. From throwing SOS messages written in his blood, to literally lighting the house on fire. With very limited bouts of hope, brought by an unlikely rain, a woman reading his message, an almost deaf watchmen walking downstairs, this man keeps himself alive.
This is a story of introspection, survival, and most importantly valuing the things in life. The crowded bus that you take to work, or the not so tasty lunch that you have, you learn the value of every small thing you take for granted. And the desire to live somehow in these adverse conditions, supersedes everything else.
Rajkummar Rao is at his finest. With very minimal dialogues and majorly emoting using his desperate actions. The urban loneliness and its impact on today’s working class is mirrored with much realism in Trapped.
Definitely, logically approved!