Tumbbad (2018): “..with greed, nobody really wins in the end..”


Tumbbad (2018) is basically a cautionary tale about greed and how it’s inherited and passed on within a vicious circle that goes on for many generations within the family where this film is about. The film’s story is set in the 1940s and it’s based on a southern Indian folktale about a goddess who punished her first son for his greed for gold and food. The main character Vinayak Rao (Sohum Shah) insists on finding the gold from the story that is rumored to be in the palace mansion that they inherited and live in. They end up in dangerous and tragic events and with greed, nobody really wins in the end. Because greed is like a drug, you’re endlessly chasing an object and not what you get from it. The story itself isn’t a new concept. Like if Shakespeare wrote this I wouldn’t have been surprised, because it’s a tragedy. Tragedies aren’t common in Indian cinema, because Indian films are more a display of song, dance, romance, and a happy ending. What excites me is that I have been following the development of this film for almost about 10 years now. Ever since I thought of becoming a filmmaker. I met many filmmakers through social media back then, including one of the directors. It is pretty crazy how many pitfalls they have gone through, but they have persevered through all the drama behind the scenes. Aesthetically I love the film because it’s not shot in a classical way with beautifully composed shots. It is handheld with a cinema verite documentary feel, it has good special effects and the camera is able to move around within a 360 degree plain, which makes the film very immersive.” – Haider Hussain


Director: Rahil Anil Barve, Adesh Prasad | Cast: Sohum Shah, Mohammad Samad, Harish Kanna.

A review by FilmLAB 2019 participant Haider Hussain. Find out more about his dreams and aspirations, Click Here.

You can see Tumbbad at the CinemAsia Film Festival 2019 on the 7th & the 8th of March.

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