TopYaps Rating: 4
A period fantasy horror drama, Tumbbad has become the talk of the town all of a sudden. We knew absolutely nothing about the film before the makers dropped its trailer a couple of days ago, and now everyone is talking about it. So, does the film live up to the expectations that have been built around it in just a few days? Let’s find out.
What’s Tumbbad All About?
Tumbbad traces the story of three generations of a Brahmin family from the year 1918 until India gained independence from the British in 1947. Vinayak (Sohum Shah) has been fascinated by the treasure hidden in the dilapidated mansion of Tumbbad since his childhood. Generations have tried to get an access to it, but no one succeeded. Besides, not everyone knows the secret to unlock it.
However, Vinayak is determined to get it as it belongs to his ancestors. After leaving Tumbbad in his childhood, at the behest of his mother, he returns to the eerie village full grown-up and finds out the way which leads to the treasure. Since he now knows where the treasure lies, he keeps visiting the mansion to take gold coins as and when required. He keeps the whole process a well-guarded secret until one day he decides to share it with his son so that he could also reap its benefits after he is no more. But the decision changes everything. What happens next forms the crux of the story.
What Makes Tumbbad A Must Watch?
A simple answer to what makes Tumbbad a must watch is its engrossing narrative and arresting visuals that force you to fully surrender yourself in its mystic world. This visually-rich film stays with you long after you have left the theatre. The excellent camera work, imaginative art-direction, antiquated costumes and goosebumps-raising background score make Tumbbad an unforgettable experience.
The main theme of the film is avarice which has been explored beautifully. No matter how much we have with us, we still want more riches and wealth. Avarice is unquenchable. The best part is that filmmaker Rahi Anil Barve does not want to hammer any message into your head. He makes it clear in the simplest way possible, and if you are smart enough, you get it even in the absence of much preaching.
Talking about the performance, Sohum Shah has delivered an extremely effective and restrained performance. His eyes, mannerism, and gait say a lot in the movie. He shows many shades of his character so impeccably that you don’t mind the fact that no other actor has the prominence which he has in the movie. Child actor Mohammad Samad wins your heart over with his brief but highly impressive performance. Anita Date as Rao’s meek wife is good in her part.
The real heroes of Tumbbad are writers Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Anand Gandhi and Rahi Anil Barve. They have come up with a story that is thoroughly entertaining. Director Rahi Anil Barve has translated it beautifully on celluloid.
Though it has been promoted as a period fantasy horror drama, Tumbbad is a film you cannot box into any specific genre. Yeh koi alag hi genre hai that Bollywood has not explored before and that is its beauty. It’s not a typical Bollywood horror film jahan aapko aadhe nange ladke-ladkiyan dekhne ko mile, hero-heroine barfeelee vadiyon mein romantic songs gaate milein. This is a totally different experience. So, if you can watch folklore blended with horror, mystery and suspense, welcome in the world of Tumbbad. If not, stay miles away from it.
Banner: Sohum Shah Films, Film I Vast, FilmGate Films
Director: Rahi Anil Barve
Cast: Sohum Shah, Jyoti Malshe, Anita Date, Deepak Damle
Music: Ajay-Atul, Jesper Kyd
Duration: 113 Minutes
TopYaps Rating: 4