Film – Phobia Director – Pavan Kripalani Cast: Radhika Apte, Satyadeep Mishra, Ankur Vikal, Yashaswini Dayama

Pavan Kr1palani helmed psychological-thriller Phobia is a cult film, which raises the graph of Radhika Apte as a Bollywood actress whom we can count on. The film dealing with the subject of 'Agoraphobia', irrational fear of public and open spaces, introduces a brilliant cinematic experience with flawless acting. It is surprising to know that Kirplani, the director of Ragini MMS (2011), has made such a tall standing movie.

Mehak Deo, an artist by profession, develops ‘Agoraphobia’ after a traumatic incident happened on her way back home from an arts exhibition event. Even after four months of isolated life in her sister’s apartment Mehak is terrified of strangers and extremely afraid of stepping out of her house. Her friend Shaan, played by Satyadeep Mishra, takes her to a new place hoping that new surroundings will help Mehak get over from fear. The shift to new place not only deteriorates her situation, it also pulls her in to hallucination, where she imagines ghostly presence. The director somehow manages to keep the audience at the edge of their seat with overwhelmed thrills and chills, even though one may find the idea of isolating a sick person stupid.

The film can be defined as chamber drama as the entire film is happening inside a chamber. The crew successfully managed to omit characters which have nothing to do with the plot. Examples of this are Nikki’s father and Gia’s parents never showed up in the film. During the 90 minutes of movie watching experience, one may thought that this film has too much of ‘the Ghost thing’. But we will have a different opinion when the film concludes, with a spectacular twist. This film has a powerful strength to stand alone as a cult film. Phobia will genuinely frighten you, but the director who knows perfectly well when to release audience tension has incorporated some brilliant black comedy scenes, which will definitely bring smile, even-amidst the on-screen tensions. Those who have passionate love towards cinema should definitely watch this film. Please don’t miss it.