Trapped

Trapped

Actors
Rajkummar Rao, Geetanjali Thapa
Director
Vikramaditya Motwane
Writer
Amit Joshi, Hardik Mehta
Release Date
20 June 2018
Runtime
1 h 45 min
Genres
Thriller
Revenue
Overview
Trapped is a 2017 Indian Hindi survival drama film directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. The film stars Rajkummar Rao, whose character is shut in an uninhabited Mumbai apartment. It was shot in less than a month in Mumbai in 2016. The film had its world premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival on 26 October, 2016. It was praised and received a standing ovation. The film was released theatrically on 17 March, 2017 to universal critical acclaim.

Trapped

Shaurya (Rajkummar Rao) and his girlfriend Noorie (Geetanjali Thapa) plan to elope and get married, a day before Noorie’s arranged marriage with someone else. Shaurya currently lives in a bachelor pad, so he makes plans to shift to a new flat that will accommodate himself and Noorie. In a hurry to find affordable housing, he ends up moving into a new high rise apartment complex, which is empty due to building and legal issues. The lone security guard stationed at the building is unaware that Shaurya has already moved in, and Noorie also does not know of his new address yet.

The next morning, Shaurya accidentally locks himself inside the apartment. He makes some initial attempts to break open the lock but, fails. The apartment does not have an electricity connection as yet, and so his phone runs out of battery before he can call for help. Shaurya, now totally disconnected with outside world, struggles to survive without food, water and electricity. As days pass by, he progressively becomes more claustrophobic, and his attempts to escape become more extreme. At one point, he uses his own blood to trace the words “HELP” with details of his address on a cardboard paper, which falls on the terrace of a house nearby. The apartment’s resident questions the clueless watchman about it, who claims that the building is empty above. She hesitantly starts to go up to investigate by herself but, gives up soon.

Desperate for food, Shaurya resorts to eating cockroaches, ants and pigeons, and also starts talking to a rat for company. To his relief, it rains heavily after some days and Shaurya collects as much water possible in empty containers. He manages to survive for almost a week, but his physical and mental health starts to deteriorate due to starvation, dehydration, and isolation.

In a final, desperate attempt to escape, Shaurya begins sawing through the balcony gate with a metal sheet, and ultimately succeeds. He climbs down five floors, almost falling off many times due to exhaustion. He manages to reach a floor which has no balcony gates and finally escapes the building. Shaurya faints due to weakness and fatigue, and is rushed to the hospital. One week later, he is visited by Noorie, who reveals that she is now married since she thought that Shaurya had abandoned her. Heartbroken and traumatized by the incident Shaurya tries to return to his normal life, but he is shattered to see that his friends and colleagues had not even noticed his absence, as they are all too busy in their own world.

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