Radhika Apte (Mehak) has pulled off a sensitive role in this psychological thriller and makers couldn't have asked for a better actress to take the responsibility of getting the audience hooked to the horror journey. The leading actress knows exactly what to do and demonstrates a wide range of emotions. Karan Gour's BGM goes well with the sequences and a variety of special effects (SFX) are used. Doors creeking, black cats, a cut finger amidst ice cubes, a mysterious woman names as Jiah, the sound of laughter and the musical clock is all creepy. And we would have to give it to the Director, as instances where Mehak sees the spirit makes it for some of the most terrifying scenes. The storyline is gripping, yet unpredictable.
There are different characters who have really lend to the movie. Satyadeep Mishra, her pal fancies her. Ankur Vikal is the scary neighbour who adds suspense to this flick. Yahaswini Dayama is her trusted friend with a sense of humour. She is the one who believes in Mehak and helps her get past her phobia. They have all essayed their roles brilliantly and have given life to this unique film.
In the movie, Radhika Apte's costumes are plain and stylish which oozes her glam appeal. Her bold eyes, walking style and clear face adds drama to the story. Like every girl, Mehak is a having a good life along with her friends. However she loses her normal self after she survives a sexual assault. Soon, her smile turns to frown and later to fear. She is scared of people and empty spaces. Her friends and family help her to come out of acrophobia (fear of heights) and she tries everything she can to get rid of this problem. Her treatments doesn't seem to help her much.
After these traumatic incidents, she moves to an empty apartment. Subtle colours like green, blue and red are used for her new home. While the white door is unforgettable and plays a major role in the movie. The interiors of the house and her simple look matches well with the theme of the story. The movie is slow in a good way as it develops the fear within us. On the other hand, there are so many scenes that would generate easy laughs and it's a relief to see different elements in a horror flick. The first half of the movie is good and the director has established the story with less or no gaps. But, few sequences in the second part drags away from the actual story and they could have handled it in a better way. But that is only a small glitch in a perfect flick.
The turn of events in this film will make the audience think and is every bit engaging. There are many instances in the climax where we would think we have solved the mystery, but it falls on us that there is something more to the film that would knock us off the seats. The timing of the movie is perfect, not too short or not too long.
Phobia is a smart, gripping and an inventive horror fare which is a standout from the usual horror flicks we see. Be ready to get panic attacks that would haunt you even after you leave the theaters.