Movie Review: Phobia (2016)
Mehak (Radhika Apte) is a vastly talented Artiste. She meets with an unfortunate mishap that traumatises her to a great extent. It is discovered that she is afflicted with agoraphobia. It is a phobia where the patient is paranoid about going in public places, especially marketplace. Shaan (Satyadeep Mishra), a close friend takes the responsibility of Mehak and takes her to a friend’s house. Mehak was having issues with her sister and her family due to her panic attacks. Mehak had issues with Shaan too. The fact that she was an artiste with a vast imagination was getting compounded by the fact that she was imagining things that didn’t exist. Or did they exist? Mehak befriends Nikki (Yashaswini), a neighbourhood college going girl who was an adrenaline junkie. Manu (Ankur Vikal), another neighbour was a weirdo who had been working on his anger management issues by being a part of a community laughter club. Mehak develops serious allegations against Manu and what follows is a series of mishaps. Sometimes the circumstances become unlikely villains. Kafka’s quote in the initial credits sums up the experience very aptly: A cage went in search of a bird.