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Tumbbad

In old India, a greedy boy seeks out hidden riches in the dungeon beneath an ancestral house guarded by a terrifying deity.

Dir Rahi Anil Barve, Adesh Prasad
Prod Sohum Shah, Aanand L Rai, Mukesh Shah, Amita Shah
Scr Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi
With Sohum Shah, Mohd Samad, Deepak Damle
India
2018
109min
Prod Co Sohum Shah Films
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A truly scary horror film is a rare treat in South Asian cinema, but director Rahi Anil Barve delivers one, in some style, with this mythical cautionary tale. Vinayak is the conniving illegitimate son of a local landlord, living in the decrepit, ancient village of Tumbbad. Obsessed with unearthing a fabled ancestral treasure, he suspects that the secret lies with his great grandmother, a cursed witch who has been trapped for centuries in a purgatory between life and death. Tricking her, he discovers the secret that will lead him to the riches, but also a voracious, otherworldly force. What begins as a cunning plan to steal a small fortune quickly spirals into a reckless obsession that finds Vinayak facing up to an unexpected and hair-raising reckoning.

Cary Rajinder Sawhney


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