New Delhi: ‘Phobia’ a psychological thriller which revolves around an artist, Mehak Deo (Radhika Apte), who is assaulted while returning from a late night party. Mehak develops agoraphobia – a fear of open public spaces, and thus she refuses to step out of the house and remains indoors, which ultimately manifests into panic attacks and paranormal hallucination.
The thriller is written and directed by Pawan Kriplani, of ‘Ragini MMS’ and ‘Darr@the Mall’ fame, undoubtedly knows how to hook the audience. In Phobia too, he successfully sets the mood for a subject like this, making the movie score ‘big’.
Radhika Apte, who plays the role of a young artist in the movie, develops agoraphobia after an incident, which leads her to stay indoors. She has a friend, Shaan (Satyadeep Mishra), who helps her in getting a friend’s vacant apartment so that in the new place she could overcome her phobia.
Things after this go from bad to worse, when Mehak begins to develop panic attacks and paranormal delusions in the new apartment.
Nivedita Bhattacharya (Darr @ the Mall), though a competent actor manages only a miniscule role of playing Apte’s sister.
Yashaswani Dayama, who is Mehak’s neighbour and friend in the movie, gives a fun and energetic performance and is dazzling in her limited role.
The scares, heightened by the background score in Phobia, intensify the viewing experience that will make the audience squirm in fright. Creative camera angles, interesting background score and lighting in the movie create the perfect atmosphere to spook the audience.