Whenever it comes to horror films in the Hindi film industry, there have been a very few films that have been actually able to hit the mark and emerged truly horrific. There have been several attempts in the traditional horror genre like the Raaz and the 1920 franchise by Vikram Bhatt while a lot of makers have tried to mix it up and present something new like the Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor-starrer Stree or Triptii Dimri’s Bulbbul.
One such experimental film was the 2018 release, the Rahi Anil Barve-directed Tumbbad. It featured Sohum Shah in the lead, who also co-produced the film. The film opened to a not-so excited response at the box-office but eventually it became a cult classic with people calling it one of the best horror films made in India. It followed the story of Hastar, the first and most loved son of the Goddess of Prosperity and the curse that followed him.
Mohammad Samad featured as Pandurang, Sohum’s son, in the film. The reports of Tumbbad’s sequel have been on for a while, so ask Samad if there is any development on it, and he responds, “The prequel is being written as much as I know. I don’t know much but I got to know from Sohum sir that he is going to rewrite the grandmother’s story. The story of how she got converted into the monster that we saw in Tumbbad. So, that’s the point they’ll start it from.”
Tumbbad has had a tumultuous journey right from its inception. Rahi wrote the first draft of the film in 1997 at the age of 18. Between 2009-2010, he created a 700-page storyboard for the film, and about seven production companies backed out of the film while it went into production three times. It was shot in 2012, but since Rahi and Sohum weren’t satisfied with the edited result, it was re-written and re-shot and completed in 2015.
Before releasing in the theatres in India, Tumbbad did the rounds of many film festivals. It premiered in the critics’ week section of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, becoming the first Indian film to be screened there. It was also screened at the 2018 Fantastic Fest, Sitges Film Festival, the Scream Fest Horror Film Festival, the El Gouna Film Festival, International Film Festival of Kerala, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and more.
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