Article: What is special about the movie Tumbbad?

Most of the Bollywood horror movies you watch are either a copy of the Hollywood horror franchise or its narration is similar to Hollywood. Tumbbad is different, it has its unique style which is completely new to Indian cinema. With its impressive visuals, realistic atmosphere, and breathtaking score, Tumbbad attracts you into its world of fantasy just like a magnet. Now let us read some facts about the film:

  • The movie was shot in the rain at age-old locations in 2012 but after the editing, Anil Barve (director) and Sohum Shah (main lead) weren't satisfied with it. They were not able to achieve what they set out to do. It was then re-written and re-shot and the filming was completed in May 2015.

  • The movie was shot for 6 years. The scenes shown in the city of Tumbbad which gets rain throughout the year was shot over 4 monsoons. That's why the rain in the movie looks so real and gives you the “wet” feel all the time.

  • Another special thing about this movie is its lighting. The movie was shot in natural lighting; 50 lanterns and lamps were used for several scenes to avoid modern-day lighting techniques since it was a period film.

  • Most of the shooting locations of the film are real and were shot in real villages and landscapes without modern infringements, without towers and structures. The art designing of this movie is just brilliant.

  • The film's post-production took two-and-a-half years to complete.

  • The film's climax inside the womb was shot with only one source of light - an oil lamp.

Now you know how much hard work went into making this film and how it is different from other Indian movies. Every aspect of the movie has been handled carefully. The main theme(which most of the Indian horror movies lack) is based on greed. This movie is a great example that a horror/fantasy movie isn't only about monsters, creatures, or ghosts. As Guillermo del Toro once said, “The scariest things in my stories, in my opinion, are the humans”.

Another great thing about Tumbbad is its music. Each of the three parts of the movie has a distinct sound created stunningly by Jesper Kyd, a Danish composer.

Next time if you watch this movie, observe these things and you will understand why this film is so special.

Some Facts :

  1. It received a 15-minute standing ovation at 75th Venice International Film Festival and was also the 1st Indian movie to be premiered there. ~ [ which made India proud ]

  2. The film’s original score is composed by Jesper Kyd, who’s famous for composing soundtracks for Assassin’s Creed and Hitman series ~ [ the parallels between these games and Tumbbad is amazing ]

  3. The film's climax inside the womb was shot with only one source of light—an oil lamp.

  4. The scenes inside the womb took 15 to 20 days to shoot without any VFX. ~ [ and you thought Nolan is the god of practical effects ]

  5. The entire film was shot over 100 to 120 days (mainly during monsoons) with four shooting schedules in 2012 and 2015. ~ [ directorial choice ]

  6. As a result, it took 6 long years to complete (including post-production) ~ [ hats off to the perseverance of the production team ]

  7. After it was first completed and edited, it was again re-written and re-shot as it was "not able to achieve what it set out to do” ~ [ and you thought Aamir Khan is the only perfectionist in India ]

  8. Some locations were very ancient and deserted. In the words of director Rahil Anil Barve, "we shot in the rain at age-old locations, where no human had ventured for at least a hundred years” ~ [ walking that extra mile ]

  9. Upon its release, the film was unanimously praised by critics and audience. ~ [ can’t argue with that ]

  10. Made on a production budget of ₹50 million, the film grossed a total of ₹136 million at the box office, making it a profitable venture. - [ thus restoring the faith in humanity ]


Genre: Drama, Thriller

Run time: 153 minutes

Director: Rahi Anil Barve & Anand Gandhi

Screenwriter: Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Rahi Anil Barve, and Anand Gandhi

Cinematography: Pankaj Kumar

Edited by: Sanyukta Kaza

Star Cast: Sohan Shah

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