Actor Sohum Shah’s movie Tumbbad has failed to perform well at the box office on the first day of its release. The film, which is a historical period fantasy horror, was directed by debutant Rahi Anil Barve. The movie did get glowing reviews from critics, but it failed to draw in the audience when it released on October 12. It only managed to earn Rs 65 lakh.

Tumbbad, which was jointly produced by Sohum Shah, Aanand L. Rai, Mukesh Shah and Amita Shah, would have to perform better in the coming days to register a respectable weekend total, as film trade analyst Taran Adarsh says in his tweet.


The movie is based in 19th-century India, about a scheming man who becomes obsessed with finding the mythical treasure of his ancestors. It revolves around a lore narrated by the grandmother of the family, about Hastar the demon-god and how he was banished from the face of the Earth for being greedy.

Rahi Anil Barve, who said that the title is derived from Shripad Narayan Pendse’s Marathi novel Tumbadche Khot, revealed that shooting for the movie took place at age-old locations, where no human had ventured for at least a 100 years.

As for the lead actor, Sohum, who plays the role of Vinayak Rao, a materialist man with a soft heart, he said the best part about his Tumbbad journey was the opportunity to be in different settings – from playing the dhoti clad Vinayak to walking the red carpet.

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Tumbbad premiered in the critics’ week section of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, becoming the first Indian film to be screened there. It was also screened at the 2018 Fantastic Fest and the El Gouna Film Festival.