|Directed by||Rahi Anil Barve
|Produced by||Sohum Shah
Aanand L. Rai
|Screenplay by||Mitesh Shah
Rahi Anil Barve
|Edited by||Sanyukta Kaza|
Sohum Shah Films
Colour Yellow Productions
Film I Vast
|Distributed by||Eros International|
Tumbbad is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language historical period horror film directed by debutant Rahi Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad. Jointly produced by Sohum Shah, Aanand L. Rai, Mukesh Shah and Amita Shah, the film stars Sohum Shah in the lead role. A motion poster of the film was released on 4 July 2018. Another poster was released on 20 August 2018. It was followed by the launch of the teaser trailer on 21 August 2018. The official theatrical trailer of the film was released on 25 September, 2018.
Tumbbad premiered in the critics‘ week section of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, becoming the first Indian film to be screened there. It was also screened at the 2018 Fantastic Fest. Anand Gandhi serves as the co-writer, executive producer and creative producer of the film. Rai decided to back the film after he saw it in March, 2018.
The plot revolves around the consequences when humans build a temple for her first-born. Set in Pune in the 1920s, it revolves around three generations of a brahmin family.
- Sohum Shah as Vinayak
- Harish Khanna as Samsthanik
- Ronjini Chakraborty
- Anita Date
- Mohd Samad
- Jyoti Malshe
- Dhundiraj Prabhakar Joglekar
- Deepak Damle
The films director Rahi Anil Barve said that the title is derived from Shripad Narayan Pendse’s marathi novel Tumbadche Khot. He said that the film’s first draft was completed in 2007. He managed to get a producer who backed out in 2008. In the monsoon of 2012, he managed to get finances and the principal photography started. He said: “we shot in the rain at age-old locations, where no human had ventured for at least a 100 years. For me, Tumbbads locations, the feel of its stuffy air, and the lonely rainy atmosphere that defies the feeling of time’s passage is as central as its characters”.
The film has minimal dialogues and was shot with constant physical movement with few cuts. Shah gained 8 kilogram’s of weight for the role of a wrestler. Since the production took six years, Shah maintained his role’s look for that entire period.
Tumbbad took six years in production. Barve wrote the script based on a story his friend had told when they were in the Nagzira in 1993. It was a story by Marathi writer Narayan Dharap. Years later, when he revisited Dharap’s story, he found it “utterly bland, mundane and forgettable”. He said that the story had left an “indelible print- no, scar on my psyche” which “kept the story alive”. The film was shot by 2012 and after its editing, Barve and Shah realised that the film was “not able to achieve what it set out to do”.
It was then re-written and re-shot. A doppelganger set of an old Pune city was created for the film. Shah wore the typical attire worn by Konkanasth Brahmans in Maharashtra. The visual effects were done by Sean Wheelan’s team at Filmgate films, who are also the co-producers. Pankaj Kumar served as the director of photography and Sanyukta Kaza edited the film.
Baradwaj Rangan of Film Companion said, “It’s been a while since something (apparently) genre-based turned out so rich and mysterious, so defiantly its own thing.” Lee Marshall of Screen International called it an “initially atmospheric yarn let down by weak stock characters and a long veer into fright-free period drama in its over-long middle section.” Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter called the film “atmospheric, heavy on mythology and scary as hell.” J. Hurtado of Screen Anarchy gave a positive response and wrote: “A slow burn whose finale is wonderfully unexpected and yet fitting, Tumbbad is a great film and hopefully the start of a new trend in India.”
Mike McNulty of The London Economic felt that the film “throws to Guillermo del Toro’s brand of filmmaking” and the directors “manage to satisfyingly marry together the worlds of the real and the unreal.” Jonathan Barkan of Dread Central wrote that the film “is more focused on the horror of human behavior than it is on creaking doors and the terror of what lurks in the dark.” He also felt that the film’s second half was “overly drawn out”.
Matt Donato of /Film wrote: “Mad creature-feature designs, Academy-worthy blends of color and pristine optical packaging, despicable character work meant to provoke heartlessness traded for materialistic grandiosity – Tumbbad is a full genre package seasoned with a pungent foreign kick.”
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