Directed by Rahi Anil Barve, Tumbbad is a historical thriller produced by Anand L Rai. With Anand Gandhi as the creative director, Tumbbad is a spectacle for all ages. The movie released today and is turning heads country wide.
Here are 10 things we loved about Tumbbad.
1- The Cast
Consisting of Sohum Shah and Master Mohammed Samad in the lead, the movie sports a well mature cast with exceptional talent. The subtle nuances in each character help bring out the story tremendously. Mohammad Samad should be appreciated for his exemplary efforts in portraying one of the pivotal roles of the movie.
2- The Story
Centred in 1920s Maharashtra, the story revolves around 3 generations of a family and a mysterious temple of a goddesses’s son. Written back in the early 2000s by Rahi Anil Barve, the movie is an adaptation of a Marathi novel of the same title.
3- The Production
Produced by Anand L. Rai, Sohum Shah, Amita Shah and Mukesh Shah, the movie features extraordinary designs and art direction. Shot in several locations, the producers managed to procure historical sites for their shoot that had been untouched for almost a 100 years. Apart from this, the large scale development of the environment and the atmosphere goes to show the amount of detail and research that went into it.
4- The Direction
As a debutant director, Rahi Anil Barve has managed to hit the nail right on the mark. A tale of perseverance and hard work, the director’s passion for the movie reflects in majority of the scenes being played to perfection. His reshoot of the movie over a span of 15 years in total, goes a long way to prove his determination for the cause.
5- The Sets
Tumbbad transports you to a world of colonial India where Ambassadors roamed the streets and people farmed crops for most of their lives. The sets and set design of the movie manage to create a captivating environment full of thrill and mystery with a pinch of unknown in it.
6- The Scares
Unlike other bollywood horror movies that are just plain comedic, Tumbbad preys on your fear of the unknown and mysterious. With simple and greedy characters, each of whom seems to be hiding a secret, Tumbbad creates a tense atmosphere full of surprises and shocks that are sure to scare you at least once during the movie.
7- The Vibe and Tone of the movie
Tumbbad is different when it comes to its vibe and tone. From the first scene of the movie, the director establishes the tone with some beautiful yet grim shots along side eerie music. This propels you into a world of uncertainty alongside relatable characters that you will end up being concerned for. By the end of it, you will be left with chills down your spine as you walk out of the theatre.
8- The Cinematography
Tumbbad uses simple shots to juxtapose its characters alongside the natural elements of the story. With wide angles that capture the expansive landscape of early India, Tumbbad also features close ups that will connect you directly with the character. The simplistic and to the point cinematography is accompanied by some fast paced and well time edits, resulting in the marvel of a movie that we see today.
9- The Mystery
Tumbbad plays with your morality, by making you root for immoral characters and greedy villains. You will be guessing throughout the movie but will rarely come close to what the movie is about. Although speckled with hints throughout the screenplay, the mystery of the movie is kept intact until the very last minute which makes for an excellent movie watching experience.
10- The Conclusion
A good story always needs to have a justified conclusion otherwise it falls apart by the end. Bollywood has numerous examples of such movies but Tumbbad isn’t one of them. With an ending that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last minute, you will be surprised to say the least.
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