Presented by Aanand L Rai and Eros International, Sohum Shah’s Tumbbad becomes the first ever Indian Film ever to open the prestigious Venice International Film Critic’s week, sweeping in major accolades from critics. Venice Critics’ Week is an independent section rolling out at the same time as the Venice Film Festival, which is celebrating its landmark 75th year.

Despite being based on the rooted Indian folktale, Tumbbad has managed to captivate the international audience with the intriguing tale and stunning visuals. The craft, scale, and technique used in the making of the critically acclaimed film have presented the world with India’s moment to shine. After content driven commercial films like Newton and Dangal making India proud worldwide, Tumbbad seems to take the same route with taking the nation’s glory globally.

Giona A Nazzaro, General Delegate of Venice International Critics’ Week who watched the film at the film festival appreciated the film saying, “Tumbbad, the first Indian film ever to open the Venice International Film Critics’ Week, is a thrilling rollercoaster ride that questions the roots of human greed while providing entertainment of the purest kind. Fantasy, action, frights, and scares: Tumbbad has it all. Don’t miss it, or Hastar will come and get you!”

This year’s opening film is Indian Fantasy film Tumbbad, described by the festival as a “parable about greed that travels at the speed of an Emilio Salgari’s story shot by Steven Spielberg.” The out of competition title is co-directed by Rai Anil Barve and Adesh Prasad and is being sold internationally by Eros International. With the captivating story and visuals, Tumbbad has haunted the delegates on the Venice Film Critics’ Panel leaving a mark on them. Tumbbad is set to release on October 12, in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.