Exclusive! Sohum Shah: ‘Tumbbad 2’ is in writing, or we can say it is in process – Times of India

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Indian cinema has created masterpieces with time. Movies that have tried to bring alive stories, movies that have allowed people to think beyond imagination. One such movie which certainly raised the expectations of content-driven films was Anand Gandhi’s ‘Tumbbad’. It was one of the most anticipated films in Bollywood following a horror genre. Directed by Rahi Anil Barve, the movie was produced by Sohum Shah, Anand L. Rai, Mukesh Shah and Amita Shah. Sohum Shah also starred in the lead role as ‘Vinayak Rao’ for the film. The movie also stars Harish Khanna and Anita Date in pivotal characters.

As ‘Tummbad’ completes 2 years since it’s release, Sohum in an exclusive chat with ETimes opened up about the experiences he had with the movie. He also shared that, ‘Tumbbad 2’ is in process.

What inspired you to be a part of this film?

Tumbbad’s storyline is so unique and intriguing that it allowed me to immerse myself into it. It felt like a very homely Indian concept like during your childhood days you listen to the stories your grandma tells, and then you get carried away with its thoughts; Here, the story which talks about ‘Lalach Buri Bala hain’ speaking of a hidden treasure, and emphasizing about the desires of a human concerning greed and fortune, that kind of hooked me into it.

What drove you to create a film of this genre?

Rahi asked me to sign this film as an actor initially. But the project wasn’t reaching the part of the execution. And trust me, the story is so unique, I thought of giving my hands into the film. ‘Maine Socha main hi bana leta hoon’.The movie followed a very different concept of carrying out the scenes. I gave it a thought and concluded to weave the film myself.

What were the kind of preparations you took for the role?

It took a look of effort of keeping myself in shape. The film required a ‘wrestler’ type of personality. We had scenes to shoot amidst the heavy rains, covering ourselves with mud. I had to start from scratch. Since the film followed a Marathi background, I had to work on my accent as well. Bodybuilding was still easy for me, but to pick up the Marathi accent was a huge challenge for me. There was also a certain scene, where I had to have endless glasses of bhang to be in character for playing a drunk person.

Any scene from the movie, which is close to you?


There were multiple scenes from the film, which were distinct and unique. But one such scene, which isn’t in the film, was Vinayak talking about his mother with his son Pandurang while having an ice-cream amidst the busy locale. It was a very emotional moment for me, but we had to cut the entire scene since it wasn’t going with the film. We had invested a lot for making that moment real. More than being a producer, as an actor I was heartbroken since that scene was very close to me.

Can we expect a movie like this again?

‘Tumbbad 2’ is in writing, or we can say it is in process. The entire story hasn’t been cracked yet. Whenever we finish it, it would be a part of the ‘Tumbbad’ franchise. We are planning to add several layers to the script and keep it organic. It is going to take a lot of time.

According to you, does Horror as a genre needs a lot of attention in Bollywood?


The definition of horror has changed with time, people are investing a lot of time to bring out different stories. In the western countries, horror is a very prominent genre. Speaking of Bollywood, there is a lot of flexibility and scope of research in Horror genre.

Would you like to share any message of aspiring filmmakers?


My only message is, when you make your first film, ‘it should be your reality’ ‘who aapki sachchai honi chaiye’ You need to be very close with your creation. It could be your own story or any story, but whenever one is true to their creation with their emotions, that’s how your work can connect with people. What Rahi Anil Barve wrote in his movie was from his personal experience.



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