Tumbbadd Movie Review

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Release Date  : 12/10/2018

Genre              : Fantasy, Horror, Period

Cast                   : Sohum Shah, Jyoti Malshe, Anita Date, Deepak Damle

Director          : Rahi Anil Barve

Duration         : 1 hrs 53 mins

Language        : Hindi

Ever since Tumbbad premiered at the 33rd Venice Critics Week (and was the first Indian film to be screened there), many have been eagerly awaiting its theatrical release. Most reviews say that the film has reinvented the horror genre and rightly so. It is very difficult to categorize Tumbbad in a genre as it goes beyond and once you watch the film you’ll know why. Tumbbad is a perfect example of a film that creates a surreal illusion. This psychological horror has its traditional moments of blood and gore.

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. Sohum Shah plays the adult Vinayak, who becomes obsessed with unearthing Hastar’s treasure.

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. 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. If you like watching horror films, you must book for this one right away.