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House Arrest (2019)

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Karan may want to shut the door on the world but the world won't stop ringing his doorbell. Who will he let in?


Samit Basu





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ali Fazal ... Karan
Shriya Pilgaonkar ... Saira
Jim Sarbh ... J. D.
Barkha Singh ... Pinky
Badrul Islam Badrul Islam ... Kidnapper
Sunil Kumar Sunil Kumar ... Rambo
Kalpana Jha Kalpana Jha ... Maid
Mahender Singh Bisht Mahender Singh Bisht ... Courier 1
Shashank Singhal Shashank Singhal ... Tasty Palace 1
Raj Chopra Raj Chopra ... Tasty Palace 2
Shailender Varma Shailender Varma ... Watchman
Jaspal Sharma ... Night Watchman
Tariq Anwar Tariq Anwar ... Goon 1
Tilak Raj Joshi Tilak Raj Joshi ... Goon 2
Arun Kalra Arun Kalra ... Policeman 1


Karan may want to shut the door on the world but the world won't stop ringing his doorbell. Who will he let in?

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Even though the premise of this movie is known in Japan as hikikomari, a condition that is common & increasing, the movie does very little to explain or explore the condition. Hikikomari is self-imposed by young adults behaving like hermits and is similar to agoraphobia, often a symptom of PTSD. The movie uses the condition to humorously examine possible situations that a hermit-like person might encounter in today's world. They purposely avoid exploration of the actual condition because it's generally not at all humorous to sufferers, but can be managed with cognitive behavior therapy or by using a Service Dog as a partner. See more »


Death Ho Gayee
Vocals by Siddhant Kaushal & Lagnajita Chakraborty
Lyrics by Siddhant Kaushal
Music by Amartya Rahut
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More than a romcom
16 November 2019 | by nitutaSee all my reviews

It's refreshing to see dry humor, minimalism and a different pace of storytelling in Indian cinema. Ali Fazal really embodied the corky, awkward, smart and cute recluse with all the nuances added to his acting - makes one feel like, they know this guy. The plot may have been predictable but the thing to look out for here is subtle wittiness in the dialogues, something many will relate to- more real and less filmy. We are so used to over-dramatization these days that this day-in-a-life-of-a-solitary-young-man sort of thing is not fully appreciated by our constant excitement seeking palates. Also, while the movie carries the romcom light vibe, there is an underlying statement which runs strong- a narrative of our collective frustration with modern life, ambition, competition and the drastic measures one feels like taking to feel more sane, to come back to true self through solitude...also the irony of it all. I did think it could have been a little shorter but other than that, if you are looking for something different, with good breathing space and food-for-thought about your own pace of life, this can surely be your cup of tea.

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