Phobia: Film Review – The Next Scream Queen is Here!

Verdict: A psychological thriller that hits the right notes.

From Ragini MMS to Darr @ the Mall, Pawan Kripalani is back with his next spine-chilling film, Phobia, that sheds light on the traumatic experiences of people dealing with an anxiety disorder, agoraphobia. Radhika Apte is the protagonist (Mehek Deo) of this film who is shown suffering from this disorder. There are a lot of films that have been made on such disorders, but in Bollywood, this is a fairly new concept that definitely needs to be explored further. 
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At the beginning of the film, Mehek is shown as a very confident artist who is seen socializing with her friends at her art exhibition. That very night, on her way home, she gets sexually assaulted and that becomes the main cause of her disorder. From then on, she develops a chronic fear and starts to believe that everything outside her home is dangerous.

Mehek’s sister (played by Nivedita Bhattacharya) and her close friend Shaan (played by Satyadeep Mishra) with the help of a therapist, try their best to help her face her fears and break out of them. However, there is a deep-rooted problem that still exists in Mehek’s mind that doesn’t allow her to return to the state of normalcy. To curb Mehek’s panic attacks, Shaan takes her to a new apartment. There too, she finds herself struggling to distinguish between what’s real and her imagination. While she stays there, she comes in contact with her odd neighbors (Ankur Vikal and Yashaswani Dayama) and that marks the start of her battle with her fears. You need to watch this film to know what happens in the end.

The film has been shot in such a way that it will give you a taste of fear, mystery, sudden shocks and surprises – all that is essential for a perfect psychological thriller. To portray the mental state of the protagonist, the director has amplified the effect of small incidents which all make sense and come together like a jigsaw puzzle in the end. Apart from that, Kripalani has also played with supernatural elements to keep you guessing throughout the film. Radhika’s performance was brilliant. She has effortlessly played the role of Mehek, which makes it look believable. 

Why You Should Watch This Movie:
There are only a few psychological thrillers in Bollywood that have managed to create impact and Phobia is one of them. Radhika Apte’s performance was flawless and that has been perfectly synced with the plot of this film. This is one of those films that will manage to mess with your mind.

Release Date: May 27, 2016
Language: Hindi
Director: Pawan Kripalani
Genre: Thriller
Cast & Crew: Radhika Apte, Satyadeep Mishra, Nivedita Bhattacharya

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