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Critique on 'Tumbbad' by Rushali Garg

 To 'Tumbbad' ,

Tumbbad re-invents the genre of horror by playing with your mind and making your hair stand on end without popping phantoms on-screen.An allegorical movie that compasses three generations where the hidden treasure is synonymous to the latent greed of man .

Wish,want and greed, there exists a hairline difference between these 3 basic human emotions and the triune of chapters is figurative of this where with each successive phase it transcends to the next emotion.

An eerie ,engimatic castle in the city where the rains poured in as the wrath of the deities had a well shrouded in mystery and Vinayak took months of labour to tunnel out the casket to the Goddess womb like the arduous excavation of the rock -hewn stairwell to the watery tombs beneath the pyramids of Sudan's black pharaohs.
The denizen of the coffer,the most endearing son of the Goddess,'Hastar' had both a fear and hunger of grains while it's loincloth cloaked the coveted treasure.Falling prey to this demon was an oxymoron because the person became a 'living dead.' The olfaction of wheat enticed it like the matador's red cape priming the bull to lock horns.
Vinayak spiralling down the rope to the sinister womb was like descending the umbilical cord to reach the placenta in the uterus (well).

An incredibly strong cinematography with the cave dwellings in the initial chapter, lanterns being the only source of light ,crest and trough of breathing of the womb and the tapestry of Tumbbad city lends an authentic touch to it.

The unearthly excavation of fortune was a macabre like the deadly game of 'Jallikattu' and leaves you with a message that greed grips you with its wriggling arms like the Whomping Willow of Hogwarts.

It is a perfect amalgamation of poweful folklore, metaphors and tenets with 6 long years of making over 4 monsoons,it is the first ever Indian film to open the prestigious International Venice Film Critic's week.

Someone who believed
"So jaa ,ni to Hastar aa jayega"

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