• Shubhra Gupta
    Shubhra Gupta
    Indian Express


    Debutant director Rahi Anil Barve has a distinct voice. Tumbbad is a gorgeous looking, intriguing morality tale which both entrances and repulses: it’s not something I will forget.

  • Raja Sen
    Raja Sen
    Hindustan Times


    The story becomes exasperatingly concentric, as Vinayak gets addicted to narrow escapes and keeps going back to the temple for more. The film thus finds itself in a loop as we see it play out for over thirty years, a short story told by a longform narrator. I marvelled at things, but also yawned.

  • Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Film Companion


    Tumbbad is inspired by the works of Marathi horror writer Narayan Dharap. At the screening I was at, someone during the interval remarked, “It seems like a Marathi film.” I don’t know how he meant it but I take that as a compliment because even though the language spoken is Hindi, the atmosphere of the Konkan is so rich and the period details so well executed, that you feel it’s Marathi.

    I left the theatre with images swirling in my head and a few questions that the film doesn’t answer. Which is not a bad thing.

  • Rohit Vats
    Rohit Vats


    The film is intriguing, sometimes even absurd, but you’ll glide through its 104-minute duration. Tumbbad’s biggest success is that it doesn’t confine to any popular genre. It offers something new and that’s enough. ​

  • Deccan Chronicle Team
    Deccan Chronicle Team
    Deccan Chronicle


    Tumbbad is miles above the average Indian fantasy-horror film in terms of both sophistication and vision.

  • Rachit Gupta
    Rachit Gupta
    Times Of India


    Tumbbad is a moody and atmospheric film. Some viewers may find the film a little too deep and disturbing, but fans of Hollywood horror films will be reminded of memorable movies in the genre like Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and Eraserhead (1977). This one is genuinely scary.

  • Tumbbad is one magnificent looking film. A dark fusion of horror, fantasy, drama and thriller – the story of Tumbbad is surely to haunt your thoughts even after you leave the cinema hall. A treat for the lovers of this genre.

  • …an artsy, gutsy mix of mythology, history, horror, and moral science. Do these elements seamlessly add up for you to naturally feel for the characters in the story? Honestly, no. Does the incredibly strong visual craftsmanship (rare for an Indian indie) satisfyingly guide you into a world hitherto unseen/unknown? Oh, absolutely.

  • Ship of Theseus team redefines horror with this genre-defying folksy fantasy flick…

  • IANS
    Zee News


    You will never see anything like ‘Tumbbad’ again…Co-directors Anand Gandhi and Rahi Anil Barve have dared to enter a world that on paper seems impossible to render visually. Yet, they`ve done it! 

  • Kunal Guha
    Kunal Guha
    Mumbai Mirror


    What doesn’t kill you, makes you more resilient. And if you survive the version of Beelzebub in this film, you surely have the liver for heart-pounding horror.

  • Madhuri


    This Rich Blend Of Fantasy & Metaphor Leaves You Greedy For More!

  • ‘Tumbbad’ is a phenomenal manifestation moulded in a re-defining horror mystery masterpiece.