A greedy boy seeks out hidden riches in the dungeon beneath an ancestral house guarded by a terrifying deity.
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.
Atmospheric, heavy on mythology and scary as hellHollywood Reporter