Tumbbad : Terrifically Haunting


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Language – Hindi
Country of Origin – India
Genre – Horror, Fantasy
Players- Sohum Shah and many more creatures
Director- Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi

I have always found Maharashtra beautiful in monsoons. Being a student in Pune and  Mumbai, I have enjoyed the long treks during the monsoon which mostly centred around the forts of Maharashtra. And once I asked a friend, why there are so many small temples in an around these forts, Pune  or any other places in Maharashtra?

The answer was, the only way to shun the evil spirits. I laughed.

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And then, Tumbbad happened. It was like reliving the Maharashtra monsoon in the October heat but instead of relishing it, you feel haunted by it. I guess Tumbbad uses the dark clouds and the rain drops as one of the most important characters in the film. The film centres around a sleepy hamlet in colonial Bombay presidency. There is an illicit affair between an old bastard and a village belle leading to the birth of two offsprings. There is a Mhada and most importantly there is an old lady who seems to be cursed for eternity. The movie dives deep into the mythological folklore, adding the eternal aura of tussle divine and evil forces. There is hardly any positive feeling in the movie, Tumbaad rides high on the negative aspects of greed, violence, lust, greed and fear among others.

Even Dragons, the mighty creatures could not resist the lust of Gold…remember Tolkein’s Smaug?  The protagonist ( or the antagonist…) is a mere human from erstwhile India, who uses intelligence, physical power, guts and lots of black magic to unearth gold from the womb of mother Goddess. The vicious cycle goes on  and on.

Sohum Shah uses his body language and eyes to instil the pangs of greed and lust for gold. He occasionally speaks but he performs throughout, so does the crippled little son of his. There is so much of authenticity in the portrayal of Maharashtrian culture, lingo and social ethos of that period. Bansali can take a clue, giant budget and sets are not always essential to make a period film, it is always about the vision. But, I love Bansali also. The cinematography is stunning, with dark, cold and cursed with haunting solitude  Tummbad to the relatively lively Pune, it plays its part well. Tumbbad’s visuals are for the 70mm. Then, there are the colours of blood, there are scorching blaze of fire and eerie sounds of mutilated limbs and crushed bones.

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More importantly, VFX usage is really up to the mark and it gels well with the gory narrative structure of the movie. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, thus to each and scheme of human, there are ploys of the devil and the climax proves it. There are rising actions in the first thirty minutes, there is a relatively dilute phase and in the latter half, it runs with steady phase and lastly it provides the audience with an orgasmic climax of action and fear.

Ah, Ramgopal Verma’s Bhoot was good, Konkona looked terrifying in Ek Thi Dayan and Anushka was really gory in Pari but Tumbbad nails with production values, acting and most importantly script and cinematography. The beauty of Tumbbad is that , the camera is a character, the production sets are also a character, it adds to the storyline.

Watch it alone, watch it on 70mm, Gaand faatega. Aur mazza bhi ayega.. agar nahi aya toh , Hastar aa jayega.

 

Pros

Brilliant Casting

Realistic acting

Awesome Visuals

Haunting Background Score and sound

Great balance between psychological and physical horror

Del Toro’s ambience, but blatantly original

Gothic atmosphere and no cheap copy of western horror flicks

Excellent screenplay and usage of silence in the narration

Awesomely freaky climax

Cons

Nothing

Ratings – 10/10

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Stree ; A Spooky Spaghetti


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Movie Name – Stree (2018)

Language – Hindi

Genre – Horror Comedy

Director – Amar Kaushik

Players- Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurrana, Abhishek Banerjee

Disclaimer – All the words and experiences are not at all fictitious.
Amidst the laidback forum of laziness, two lazy people decided to experience some adrenalin rush and adventure sports were out of questions. Thus, two tickets were booked for a film show at a cineplex.
The Hindi flick Stree was on our mind. We landed up at this so-called mall, which looked like a production set of Darr @ Mall. Few fed up souls were roaming here and there, one aunty was obnoxiously posing for her husband, two kids were hitting themselves, so on. The two lazy jackasses entered the movie hall, but the pangs of hunger kicked in, so corny sweet corn came to our relief.
The setting was spooky with Dolby digital sounds and a PVR screen. The lead protagonist Rajkummar Rao with the supporting cast of Pankaj Tripathi, Abhishek Banerjee and Aparshakti Khuranna kept the audience hooked, perplexed, amused, fuck falling short of adjectives. That is the power of brilliant acting.

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The tone and texture were so perfect that after a few minutes, you feel like walking across the laidback fort town of Rajasthan. The cinematography, the eerie cuts, the subtle lighting and excellent usage of minimalistic vfx lived up to the mark. I loved it to the core. Eh, songs were replaced by instrumental scores, what a relief.
The story, you jackass, this is not a summary of the plot, still a thread for you . There is a town in India experiencing some spooky stuff and with every problem, there comes a solution. Well, you know it right.
The director showed his mettle, the actors entertained, the script is fast-paced with witty moments and dialogues. But the climax, oh yes, it was like the film was going to reach an orgasm, ok multiple orgasms and it couldn’t. Are you able to feel my pain? And the stree beside me, who was watching it with great expectations. Crash landing, boom, it is over.
And Shraddha Kapoor, eh tu ja re, you are acting opposite Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, the best of the time, you are absolutely pathetic. Sorry, to be blunt, tu naach re Basanti aur gaana ga. Mood kharab kiya. I am not an acting coach, neither an actor, but I can see the difference between you and the other actors in almost every scene.

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The movie was a paisawasool, it tried something new and did not fail miserably.
But, Go Goa Gone is the ultimate winner in Horror Comedy Genre.
Rao and Tripathi , You people are magician.
Fun fact – The movie got over, but my companion looked spooky and it scared the shit out of me, Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar ! Ram ! Ram!

Pros
Excellent performances by Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Khurrana and Banerjee.
Top notch cinematography, editing and back ground score
Fast paced screenplay and witty dialogues
Great comic timing and few chilly moments
Vijay Raaz, uff man.

Cons
The climax and Shraddha Kapoor

Ratings – 3.5/5

Trailer

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