Tumbbad: Experience the Experimental
When film folks try to bring their innovative and experimental thoughts onto the screen, the audience usually ends up saying either of the two: Wow or Oh! After watching Tumbbad, most of them would be saying “Oh Wow!” and that’s where the film scores big time.
Tumbbad isn’t your run-of-the-mill story, it is filled with thrill, eeriness and some amount of an unbelievable ambiance. Sohum Shah (the main lead and part producer of the film) plays Vinayak Rao, a man who is gritty but greedy too!
Vinayak’s childhood is void of happiness and fun, thanks to the horrifying presence of Hastar, the first-born demon like god child of Goddess. Vinayak’s family of three generations musters courage to plunder the wealth retrieved from Hastar and it eventually turns fatal.
Why did Vinayak cling onto Hastar’s wealth? Will Vinayak learn that greed isn’t the best way forward? Who is Hastar? Answers to the above shall be found whilst watching Tumbbad.
The basic premise of Tumbbad is so unique that you need to pay heed to the proceedings right from the beginning of the film. Major portions of the film are set in the goddess’
womb, yes, you’ve read it right!
The idea is so different that you, as a viewer, must be innovative in your own way to understand the depth of Tumbbad’s storytelling. Another facet is the everyday raining scenes at Tumbbad (it’s a coastal village in Maharashtra) which have been shot with aplomb.
We get to see a canvas of sheer imagination which, in most cases, is striking. Sohum Shah delivers a first-rate performance. Mohammad Samad plays Sohum’s son and he is as good as one can get for the role.
Anita Date and Ronjini Chakraborty are apt. Music by Ajay-Atul fits the mood of the film while cinematography deserves a special applause. Editing is crisp and so is the run-time at 1 hour 53 minutes.
With Aanand L Rai and Anand Gandhi being a part of this project, Tumbbad had already gained high value. Director Rahi Anil Barve’s vision needs an applause. Tumbbad is a very difficult film to create and the director alongwith co-director Adesh Prasad, has made the difficult look easy.
Though there are a few episodes which could have been told in a clearer manner (for the audience to grasp quickly), Tumbbad still generates a fine balance between imaginative brilliance and cinematic nomenclature. It showcases what greed gives you in return to your love for it. If you have some space left in your heart to accept the love for imagination, then this one is for you!