Tumbbad drops a bombastic trailer

September 26, 2018

The horror thriller is set to release on October 12.

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The two-and-a-half minute trailer of Tumbbad is an immersive experience. In an interview with The Indian Express, Tumbbad director Rahi Anil Barve had said, “The focus is not on showing a rainy village in 1918. It is to drag the viewer from his chair and throw him into that rainy village where he can smell the earth, and experience the events by staying close to the characters.” Rahi also revealed that there are very few dialogues in the film which “revolves around a person’s deepest fear – indifference.”

The visuals are an intense play upon light and darkness. It’s fast-paced and the frames are stunningly vivid. Mythology and greed around unknown treasures set the backdrop for the story that unfolds. The ominous mention of “Hastar” and the sinister-looking weather add on to the ambience of the film.

As the trailer of Tumbbad begins, we see a family leaving Tumbbad and they say “Sarkar mar gaya” (Sarkar is dead). We are told that the old palace has a treasure buried and the boy from the family believes that they are the rightful owners of the same.

The gates are unlocked and the mayhem unleashes. Many have been hunting this treasure but so far, no one has come close to it. It is hinted that the treasure is protected by a ghost. In a screechy voice we hear, ‘One shouldn’t claim everything that they inherit’.

The motivation here is greed and no amount of fear can defeat the hunger that these characters possess for gold. Many are swallowed in by this greed for the treasure.

While the movie is releasing in October, the month of Halloween, it has already generated a lot of buzz at several film festivals. Numerous film critics have already given positive reviews and it has been deemed as a visually stunning film with rich story telling. The movie has been in the making for six years.

Directed by Rahi Anil Barve, Tumbbad stars Sohum Shah, Jyoti Malshe, Dhundhiraj Prabhakar Jogalekar, Anita Date, Deepak Damle, Ronjini Chakraborty and Mohammad Samad. The film is produced by Sohum Shah, Aanand L Rai, Mukesh Shah & Amita Shah.

The film certainly has a lot of expectations to meet if the trailer is anything to go by.

By Shaoni Sarkar