Friday, October 12, 2018 18:11 IST
Cast: Sohum Shah, Mohammad Samad, Anita Date, Deepak Damle, Jyoti Malshe
Director: Rahi Anil Barve
After garnering the appreciation at various film festivals, Tumbbad is finally released in India and it won't be wrong to say that all the hype around this film is worth. Tumbbad is a mix of different genres.
The Goddess who supposedly gave birth to the universe had a greedy firstborn called Hastar who wished to control both gold and grains (food). However, the other Gods were displeased by his character and wished to destroy him.
The mother begged for her child's life and saved Hastar by banishing him. No human was allowed to worship Hastar, the "God" of greed. Cut to India under the British Raj. The protagonist, Vinayak (Sohum Shah) knows what he wants and that is money. After his father's death, Vinayak and his mother leave their ancestral home in Tumbbad (Konkan), which has the cursed treasure in the "womb" beneath the now dilapidated Wada (castle). Vinayak yearns for the gold so much so he is willing to risk his life in order to retrieve it. In this tale of greed and urges, Vinayak beats his fears in favor of his greed. `Laalchi hai tu,` his grandmother says to which Vinayak responds, `Ek hi toh gunn hai mujhme.`
For such a surreal story, the filmmakers must set a strong backdrop. The British Raj era is shown to the minutest of details. The sets and props become a time machine and you are transported back. The story is told in chapters and the transition from one era to another is smooth, as is the narrative. Tumbbad doesn't fool around as the film opens to a particularly horrific, and might we add, a gory scene. Vinayak is a greedy, misogynistic, and selfish man, and by no means a hero. But he shows hints of humanity under a couple of circumstances and that's heartening. Sohum Shah looks fabulous and does a good job at portraying the lead character. The other performances are decent and the story culminates in a satisfactory end. This is certainly a horror film but has shades of surrealism, symbolism, mythology, and fantasy. It all blends well in a concoction that is different from the horror movies you may have watched and yet enjoyable. Kudos to the director Rahi Anil Barve!
Tumbbad is not your run-of-the-mill jump-scare horror film. It takes the subject and dives into it. The lead character's passion for money overrides his fears and the lengths people go to for money is jaw-dropping. So if you are a fan of thriller then Tumbbad will surely entice you.
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