• I found myself chuckling at the end of the film, which is not usually the response one tends to have to a thriller. But Phobia is no standard thriller. Don’t miss it.

  • Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    The Radhika Apte starrer is genuinely frightener, so far away from those unintentionally comic monstrosities it keeps slinging out, that you feel like cheering.

  • Sweta Kaushal
    Sweta Kaushal
    Hindustan Times


    There are a few flaws in Phobia but Apte excels. Except for Mnau (played by Ankur Vikal), people around Mehek are weak characters, which have not been thought through. Their lack of common sense is jarring which halts the pace of the film.

  • Rohit Bhatnagar
    Rohit Bhatnagar
    Deccan Chronicle


    The film’s ‘chill factor’ rests on the shoulders of Radhika Apte, who’s expressions are flawless and tends to leave the audience wide-eyed and in awe of her performance. Her act in the climax which leads to a bloodbath shakes you to the bone. Her no make up look is just perfect and is close to the reality. Satyadeep Mishra has done a fabulous job as a friend cum admirer in the film.

  • Kripalani does a fine job as director and gives us a compelling narrative which may not appease to the regular Bollywood audience. But if you love the thrills and heebie-jeebies, then Phobia is for YOU!

  • Phobia is a canny flick that places known genre conventions in fresh light, the kind that bestows new life on them.

    Watch this film for the many surprises it springs and, of course, for Radhika Apte in full flow.

  • Mohar Basu
    Mohar Basu
    Times Of India


    In the end, Phobia is an unnerving movie that plays skillfully on the fear of the unknown.

  • Reminiscent of his first film “Ragini MMS”, Kripalani passes the basic horror film test – he scares you enough to make you jump out of your seat and intrigues you enough to make you stay till the end.

  • Harshada Rege
    Harshada Rege
    DNA India


    This one manages to scare you without the aid of badly dressed ghosts with ugly make-up. Watch it if you enjoy spooky tales and, of course, for Radhika’s stellar performance.

  • Suhani Singh
    Suhani Singh
    India Today


    The makers tie the loose ends together albeit with a few contrived events and a few question lurking. Nonetheless with Phobia Kripalani succeeds in his mission to keep the audiences engaged and also constantly thinking. 

  • Phobia is a step ahead for Bollywood to explore the genres of psychological thrillers. With Radhika Apte’s fine performance, this film is a must-watch for those who love experimental cinema.

  • PHOBIA is a well-made taut thriller with an amazing performance by Radhika Apte. However the in film blood and gore may not be to everyone’s liking affecting the film’s overall box office prospects as it will appeal to a rather niche audience. Another factor that may affect the film is the low key promotion of the film due to which many people aren’t aware of PHOBIA’s release. But for them who have an appetite for the unconventional thrills and psychological mind games, don’t miss PHOBIA.

  • Phobia makes for an engaging weekend watch. It isn’t high on gore but will still thrill all the same…

  • PHOBIA is Radhika Apte and Radhika Apte is PHOBIA. This in short sums up the film which rides solely on the performance of this hugely talented actress who in the past three years has been notching up one brilliant performance after another. 

  • Suprateek Chatterjee
    Suprateek Chatterjee


    Kirpalani, whose previous credits include Ragini MMS (2011) and Darr @ The Mall (2014), displays impressive control over his craft in many portions of the movie (for once, I have no complaints about the background score, which for me is one of the surest signs of a director firmly in charge)

  • Rarely do you come across a good horror movie in Bollywood which has most often dished out tacky, sex driven B-grade drivel in the genre. ‘Phobia’ is an intelligent film, which deals with the most unusual of situations.

  • Mishra, Vikal and Dayama are well cast and perform well as the players around Apte. What a spirited performance by this actress. Phobia is a strangely satisfying psychological thriller with one of the best performances of the year so far.

  • Manisha Lakhe
    Manisha Lakhe


    What do you do when you are suffering from Agoraphobia? You are too anxious to step out of your comfort zone and too panicky to remain inside the house. When the lead character is Radhika Apte, then the audience feels her fears (what large eyes she has!), her panic attacks, and begin to feel what everyone around her feels…

  • Sreeju Sudhakaran
    Sreeju Sudhakaran
    Bollywood Life


    Radhika Apte’s terrific performance and a few genuine jump scares make the thriller watchable!

  • Kunal Guha
    Kunal Guha
    Mumbai Mirror


    It would be a spoiler to define the genre of the film as it would give away much of the plot. And the thrills you take away from the film are directly proportional to how wild your imagination is. But following this watch, and if you’re the kind to sleep with one eye open, ensure you grip your pillow tight, especially when you exit light.

  • Namrata Joshi
    Namrata Joshi
    The Hindu


    Much of the terror resides in Radhika Apte’s eyes. She is the film, all by herself, that too in just a single setting. The film draws on the essential horror from her. The performance is an external manifestation of the workings of her inner mind. And Radhika she is sensational as a woman living with her own demons—be it fighting with her sister or being flirtatious with friends, slurring on her speech or travelling miles (metaphorically) to leave garbage bag just outside her house. Or just being radiantly vulnerable. In her we get a radically inventive scream queen. All hail her!

  • If you are someone who has been disappointed in Bollywood when it comes to horror and thriller films, Phobia is definitely a MSUT WATCH! It is the spookiest films ever made.
    It is spooky, it is spine-chilling, it’s nerve-racking and is worth every penny!

  • The set-up is convincing, and Radhika Apta’s central performance as Mahek makes it doubly so. Apte has been steadily building up an impressive portfolio of performances, and she is in top form in Phobia.

  • This one’s definitely worth the time and money, however you might need an acquired taste for this particular genre. Though the film is brilliant in all aspects, we feel that a psychological thriller is not something; majority of the masses would connect to or understand. However, if you know you have the mind to understand and enjoy what this film offers, then make sure you don’t miss it.

  • Miss this one at your own risk. Correction: Make that: ‘Do Not Miss!’