Phobia 2016 – Hindi Movie Review

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Phobia’ is a Indian psychological thriller movie, directed by Pawan Kripalani and produced by Viki Rajani. The film about Mehak Deo (Radhika Apte) an artist, who, owing to an unfortunate incident, starts suffering from Agoraphobia – the fear of open public spaces and situations that may cause pain or embarrass her. Because of this, she cannot step out of the house and remains indoors, which later manifests itself into panic attacks and paranormal delusions. Is she imagining it or something truly amiss with the place ? That is rest of story..


Radhika, who plays as Mehak brilliantly, portrayed a gamut of emotions with ease and conviction. She almost carries the film squarely on her shoulders. Her fears and how she deals with imaginary situations, are real and palpable, making you sit on the edge of your seat. She matches the physical appearance of her inner mind, looking harried and unkempt, without an iota of glamour.

She is ably supported by Satyadeep Mishra who plays Shaan, her boyfriend and support system with sincerity and confidence. Yashaswani Dayama, renders a fun and energetic performance as Nikki, Mehak’s neighbour and friend.

Director Pawan Kriplani, who has earlier given “Ragini MMS” obviously knows how to hook his audience. Here too, he successfully creates the setting and mood for a subject like this, making the phobia on screen translate into his audience. He does not deviate from the actual plot anywhere and manages to keep the audience riveted to the screen, anticipating what will happen next, thanks to the water-tight screenplay. There is something exceedingly believable about the film and its characters.

All possible tropes atypical of this genre – camera angles, background score, lighting, are successfully used to create the perfect atmosphere which spooks you sufficiently. With decent production values and completely devoid of entertainment and commercial cinema trappings, Phobia is worth watching movie but in good screen.