Tumbbad directed by Rahi Anil Barve and Aadesh Prasad is like no other Bollywood film you have watched until...any time. This is a simply mind-blowing timeless saga telling you of the implications of greed. Set in pre and post British Raj, the riveting and ritually atmospheric saga creates a sensation in your mind. Sohum Shah and Muhammad Samad deliver effective performances, and the film is a craft of visual charm, horror, tense music and a setting which appears to be both on-screen and off screen. I praise the film not only for its depth of story, but also for its cultural impact. Its bold that a filmmaker uses a film like this to debut in Bollywood. It's the best horror film in Hindi this decade, and for that, don't miss it.
Tumbbad made me sit up from my chair and take notice at how a thriller can be told without resorting to cheap tricks that are prevalent in other titles coming out of the Hindi film industry in recent times. Sohum Shah produces and acts in this fantastic narration of the quality of greed in humans using a folklore about a mythological god-like creature that is itself a symbol of greed. Based on and named after a village in Western India, Tumbbad is told in a way that captures your attention from the first frame and does not let you stray. With some quality performances and an electric background score by none other than Jesper Kyd (I was in tears when I saw his name in the credits), the horror thriller depends on the folklore to carve a story that emphasizes humanity's greed for everything - from money to food to exclusivity. The amount of references it throws at you - as a period drama set in pre-independence India - is further bound to fascinate you while you get embroiled in one man's (Shah) quest for greed which he hopes to pass down to his future generations. Tumbbad is nothing like you have seen before and it should be seen on the big screen and revered for its creative art. TN.
A thoroughly engaging eerie tale of greed and easily the most visually stunning film in a decade of Bollywood.