Tumbbad Review – Lff 2018

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Rahi Anil Barve, Adesh Prasad and Anand Gandhi’s time-sprawling, mythological monster horror mixes ancestral fables and family drama for a fun and frightening cautionary tale, involving witches, demons and treasure hunting. The story follows Vinayak; a wily lad/ son of a scamp landlord in the antediluvian village of Tumbbad. We first meet Vinayak as a young boy obsessed with finding secret family treasure connected to his cursed grandmother. Vinayak later learns the gold is kept by a creature from hell in an ancestral temple. To make a withdrawal, he must outwit the demon or risk being eaten, murdered and cursed like his prematurely crumbling Nan.

Tumbbad, which is also the name of the village in which the film unfolds, is initially set in 1918. The script is then broken down into chapters, showing the protagonist at two other stages in his life, fifteen years apart. We see Vinayak learn about
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