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PHOBIA – Hindi movie review

An engrossing spooky film


Phobia, hindi movie review

Radhika Apte is definitely one of the most under rated actresses in Bollywood. While in some other film she comes up as the glamorous doll, and maybe in the next, she is just the typical girl next door. This film needs to be appreciated for the courageous performance by Radhika Apte.

Phobia has number of firsts to its credit. Besides being one-of-a-kind psychological thriller, the makers have incorporated Virtual Reality technology, a first for a Bollywood film.

The central character, Mehak (Radhika Apte), an artist by profession, who suffers from agoraphobia, can be seen using a VR set in the movie.

Probably, this year’s creepiest psychological thriller is about an artist who visualizes violent and negative incidents which have no connection whatsoever.

An incident occurs one night while returning from her painting exhibition, and Mehak is molested by the local taxi driver which leaves her so much disturbed that she developed Agoraphobia. She can’t leave the house.

Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces where the sufferer perceives the environment to be dangerous, uncomfortable, or unsafe. These situations can include wide-open spaces, uncontrollable social situations, unfamiliar places, shopping malls and other public places.

To help overcome her fear, her sister (Nivedita Bhattacharya) gets a competent doctor who advises help through a VR headset.

Mehak’s sister Anu (Nivedita Bhattacharya) is exhausted with her eccentric behavior, especially when it starts impacting her own son.

With repeated panic attacks, Mehak’s sister now finds it unbearable with increase in her sister’s eccentric behaviour, which has now begun to impact her own son.

Mehak’s boyfriend Shaan (Satyadeep Mishra) gets her a place of her own so that she can face her fears. Determined to beat it, Mehak starts on a positive note but soon begins to notice weird things in the house.

While, there is a maniac neighbour, a whimsical Parsi aunty looking around for her husband, there is also a friendly next door girl (Yashaswani Dayama) who help her bear with situations.

Barring few situations like the beginning one itself with her boyfriend getting of the taxi, leaving Mehak alone to reach her home (unrealistic) and three people sitting down calling a ghost, most of the film is realistic and scary.

This one definitely is one of the most spookiest movies of 2016 which would leave you petrified.

Surely, millions of single girls would relate to the character of Mehak and most of them would have stories to tell.

FilmyTown Rating: 3 and 1/2 Stars.

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Radhika Apte as Mehak
Satyadeep Mishra as Shaan
Ankur Vikal as Manu
Yashaswani Dayama as Nikki
Nivedita Bhattacharya as Anu

Production company – Eros International, Next Gen Films
Produced by Viki Rajani
Directed by Pawan Kripalani
Story and Screnplay by Pavan Kirpalani, Pooja Ladha Surti, Arun Sukumar
Music by Daniel George
Background Score: Karan Gaur
Cinematography by Jayakrishna Gummadi
Edited by Pooja Ladha Surti
Phobia, hindi movie review

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