Tumbbad (2018) - full transcript

A mythological story about a goddess who created the entire universe. The plot revolves around the consequences when humans build a temple for her first-born.

The Goddess of Prosperity ...

is the symbol of
unlimited gold and food

And this earth is her womb

When the universe was created...

she gave birth
to 160 million Gods

But the Goddess loved
her first child above all ...


But today, you won't find his
name in any ancient scriptures

Why, father?

Because he wanted all of
the Goddess' gold and food

He managed getting the gold ...

but just as he went
for the food ...

all the other
Gods attacked him

With every blow, Hastar
shattered into fragments

But before he could
dissolve into stardust,

The Goddess saved him

But on one condition

That he will never be worshiped
and be forgotten for ever

For aeons, Hastar
slept in his mother's womb

But one day, our
ancestors invoked him

And built a shrine in his name

They say, since that day,
all the Gods' wrath ...

has been raining on Tumbbad

Why did we even wake him up?

Because Hastar's curse
is a boon for us

What do you mean?

You'll know ...

when you go inside

Inside where?

In the Goddess' womb

Please, hurry up

It's about to get dark

It'll take the time it takes

I am terrified of not feeding
that old hag on time

What if she wakes up?

Don't say such things
at this dark hour

She won't wake up

If you want to leave in time,
then come early

You'd promised me that
gold coin, after this new moon

The coin is not a joke!
One has to earn it

-Where's mother?
-Wait here

Where is she?

Where else, must be
at Sarkar's mansion

Who will feed the old woman?

Mother will, once she returns

-What if she's late?
-Shut up!

What if the old woman
wakes up?

She eats while
she's asleep?

You put it in her mouth,
bit by bit, she swallows

Does she ever wake up?


Have you ever fed her before?


What's this?

I cooked, so
you go feed her

Go on.
Else she'll wake up

Go, don't be afraid

I say, go on!


Did he give you the gold coin?

It didn't come up

That bastard will never bring it up

You dare to swear at your father?

Tell him ...

We won't look after his old hag
unless he gives us the coin

No one else in the village
would dare to go close to her

The gold coin is not a joke

One has to earn it

Being his mistress for 12 years
hasn't earned it?


Let me go

I don't want it

I don't want the treasure

Let me go

Come in

Sleep, else Hastar will come for you


Sarkar is dead

I know

After dinner,
we'll start packing

We are leaving Tumbbad

-There is nothing left for us here.

Don't we inherit the mansion now?
There's no one else

And starve to death
in that ruin?

It isn't worth a penny

For the village, we are
as good as outcastes

And the mansion's hidden treasure.
Isn't that ours now?

Sarkar searched all his life
but found nothing

Squandered all his ancestral wealth as well

What about the old woman?

Why should we care now. Let her rot

Shall we wake her up?

She's Sarkar's great grandmother

I'm sure she knows something
about the hidden treasure


Go ahead

Wake her up and ask

We leave at dawn, tomorrow

And head to 'Pune'

Even mentioning the treasure
brings ill fortune

So, I didn't

What is 'Pune'?

It's a very big city

Where carts move on their own,
without horses or bulls

I don't believe anything
you say, nowadays




Sadashiv, don't sleep.

I'll be back home by morning

What about the old woman's food?

-You'll have to feed her tonight.
-What if she wakes up?

If she wakes up, say ...

"Sleep, 'Hastar' will come for you."

Who is 'Hastar'?

Hurry up. Let's go!

-You go!


Sadashiv, I am here.
Everything will be alright, son


Do you still want to go
to the doctor?

Or should I take us
to the graveyard?

Take me to the mansion

Who is this little prince?

Come here, my child!

Open the door, my child

I am so hungry...
I need to eat something


Do you want it?



Come now.

Open it.

Put that light away, moron

Have you no brains?
It's hurting me

Grandmother ...

Son ...

Grandmother ...

Sorry, my boy.
Seeing light after a long time

Ah, butterfly ... another one ...

come here, my love

Where's the treasure?

-Look how they treat your grandma

Locked my jaw with sharp nails

Please put some food in this tube

Is it in the mansion?

Is it in the mansion?

I am hungry

Feed me and I'll
tell you everything

Or should I just eat you?

Sleep or else ...

What was it?

Sleep or else ...

'Hiran' will come.

Sleep or else ... Magar will come ...

Sleep or else ... Hachkar will come ...

'Sleep or else ... Haathi will come'

Sleep or else ...

'Sleep or else, Haathi will come ... Hiran ...'

Sleep or else ...

You forgot 'His' name, huh?


I'll sing you a lullaby

Let me go!

Tonight I'll taste your flesh

Brat! Don't act smart

Grandmother, sleep or else ...

Go to sleep ...

Sleep or else 'Habbad' will come


Grandmother, sleep or 'Hastar' will come for you!

Vinayak! Open the door

Mother ...

Mother ...

where is Sadashiv?

There's still time.
Let's go back

We'll tie her up and
get it out of her

We won't feed her
till she tells us

I know how to handle her now.

-Let's go back, mother.
-Shut up!

You little rascal ...

This is all you care for, right?

Keep it and shut your gob

It's just a single coin

Let's turn the boat around

We'll torture her
till she tells us, okay?

Keep quiet!

You're just like that serpent,
your father

I'll kill you,
if you ever return to Tumbbad


Say it. Say you'll never
come back to Tumbbad!


I'll throw it!

Do it!

-I'll do it!
-Go ahead!

You don't have the balls to do it

You're a greedy bastard

I will kill you! Swear you'll never return to Tumbbad

Swear on me!

I will kill you! Swear you'll
never return to Tumbbad

Or else I'll kill you right here!

I wish you had died
instead of your little brother

Have you lost your mind?

I will throw you in the river

Swear you'll
never return to Tumbbad

Are you crazy?



Calm down!

I'll never come back
to Tumbbad!

Grandmother ...

Grandmother ...

My child ...

You came back!

Grandma, a tree grew out of you!

Why didn't they banish you,
after your husband's death?

Because they needed me

I was the fastest
climbing down the well

-Is treasure in the well?
-Don't go there!

Save yourself from this curse

The last time it ended with
me turning into a monster

Don't start the cycle
of destruction again

I won't go there, grandma

Don't try to fool me.
You're my blood


Tell me where it is
and I'll give you half of it

I don't want the treasure

Then, what do you want?


Give me that fire

You can't end my eternal hunger
but you can make this pain go away

I've waited too long, my child.
I can't take it anymore

Entering those gates is your choice,
after that nothing else will be

Not everything you inherit
should be claimed, son

If I won't,
someone will

You're a greedy bastard!

It's my only quality

Are you sure you want this?

Just do it, my child

Do it, now!

'We sell freshly ground wheat'

Who is he?

Hey! What do you want?

Who are you?
Who is this man?

I don't know.
Let me call father


Thief! Thief!

Shut up!

It's Vinayak Rao

Her husband.
Looks like a beggar now

Where were you?

I had no money left ...

people were saying all
kinds of things ...

So I started this business to survive ...

You want to be an
independent woman now?

You want to be free?

Sorry, my mistake

-I shouldn't have ...
-Come here!

No, please...

You want tp grind
flour, don't you?

Grind it for me from now ...

and see how
I'll make you a queen

Let me go

Let me go!

-It will tear.
-I'll get you more, madame

Where were you for
so many days?

Wait! Neighbors will hear us

Let me shut the door

Ring the bell only once.
I'm not deaf

I've been saving money
for an opium permit

Been in talks with an officer too

Once I am rich ...

I'll need a clever assistant like you

Hope you don't charge for compliments

Your overdue interest is now
higher than the principal

How will you repay me?

Work 3 months for me,
we'll be even

I have a gold coin.
Want to buy it?

Let me see

Where did you find it?

Why do you care?

I'd like to know if it is stolen

I'd tell you if it were

It's ancestral

Times have gone so bad, huh?

It costs 100 rupees.
I owe you 38 rupees

-That leaves 62 rupees.
-Yes, right

I have three more.

Each particle shines, with a sheen of gold ...
every ear listens

To this splendid song, to this tune of wealth ...
I searched the entire earth

Are you from Tumbbad?

They say there's a treasure
hidden in Sarkar's mansion

Is it true or just a rumour?

It's true


Loot it!

To this splendid song, to this tune of wealth ...
I searched the entire earth

Come, come conquer Tumbbad.

Just two?

Can't you get all
the coins together?

The clouds erupt, yet my soul
Burns like an ember


I don't have enough cash for this

Now you owe me money

Hope you aren't killing
anyone for these

Consignment for Rajaji?

Gift for my girlfriend

Never known you to be so generous

Hey Raghav!

-Does he work for you?

That little bird who's been at
your house these past weeks

Oh! He doesn't work for anyone

He is his own master


Who is he?

A man of small stature.
He is a nobody

You better hurry up with
whatever you're planning to do

That opium permit is yours for
the taking, but only for now

It won't remain that way forever

But my days are going
to change soon


I am getting promoted in a month

I'm getting out of this Jungle Book

There won't be anyone to link you
with Superintendent Sahib then

You have one month!

And I got angry ...

I wished
mother would just die

Then it so happened ...

mother died the very next day

I even had a brother
who died young

I felt anyone who ill-treated me,
would just die

I mean, that's what I used to think

Where is Vinayak Rao
getting these coins from?

I don't know

-You don't know?
- No.

Don't ever feel I wish badly upon you.
Or I too will ...

No, no! That was just
a childish thought

Right, no?

Namaste Vinayak Rao

Weren't you supposed to
come tomorrow?

Yes ... no, I was just passing by

So I thought ...

Your consignment arrived.
So I thought I should get it

Very good!

It's like magic!

How did you hurt your leg?

I fell down ...

-Whom were you running from?
-Play an Indian song

Oh! We'll need another
record for that

Another record?

-So this is of no use?
-No, that's not the case

All of this is good

This is what you call a record

Oh, okay

The injury looks bad. Hope your
husband is not a freedom fighter

No, but I am

Our neighbour took me to the
civil disobedience march

She asked me to bring
all our English goods

I took just that old English doll,
to throw in the bonfire

It was only for 10 rupees

-May I say something?

You should buy yourself a motorbike

Travelling in buses
doesn't suit you anymore

-There's one motorcycle ...
-Come now, let's go

Yes, let's go.
You must be tired

-I'll take your leave, dear.
-Yes, but visit again

It's like my own house,
why wouldn't I come?

Of course.

Your tea

Go inside

Say, why don't you make me
your business partner?

Half the risk,
Double the profit

Why do you want any risk at all?

-You already have a good business.

I just worry about you

You deal in so much money

Do you even keep accounts?

You keep your accounts,
I'll keep my courage!



Raghav ji, listen ...

If you ever need anything,
please don't hesitate ...

Even if you need money.
I won't charge interest

You look worried today

No, it's nothing.
- Huh?

It's nothing

Is everything okay?



This madman roamed around like a fool

Fighting for days, he fell into a dark night

Wrote his own unwritten destiny

Once unstoppable, his mind trapped in luxury

You look like royalty.

The darkness was in the past

A bright future beckoned

My ambition shined through

It purified my soul

I wandered destitute,
extracted gold from dust

Hey Raghav!

I've reduced my cut to 2000

My promotion came through

This is your last
chance to be rich

Hey Raghav!

Cooper Sahib!

Hey... move fast!

Who is she?


Two days ...

I owed you 803 rupees ...

I got her for 800


Is it too much
or too less?

Too much, of course

She was to be burned
on her husband's pyre

Had to pay them well

But I didn't let
them shave her head

And the balance 3 rupees?

I could have said she
cost me 803 rupees, no?

Look at this.
It costs 7 rupees in the market

I got it for 3,
so you take it for 3

This cargo was headed to America
but was sent back here

There's widespread poverty.
People have no money there

Bad times!

Keep this as a gift

It's too good to
give away for free

Want to see a parrot?
There's one here, look

Who is she?

Didn't you want a maid?

Yes. But how do you know
she's any good?

-I've checked, she's good.
-See, he knows

Where will she stay?

-How about upstairs?
-She'll stay anywhere

Show her upstairs

How are times any better here?

It's that Gandhi's undoing!

-This "Women Empowerment" speech ...

has brainwashed them

The British government is great

Sure, they interfere with
our religion ...

But, what can you do?

What is it?

If you give me another 50 ...

I'll tell you where
I got this 50 from

What if your information
is not worth 50?

What if it's worth millions?


He asked me ...

to spend the night with you

-What did he say?
-For two nights ...

and two days ...

not to let you
leave town

To make sure ...

for next 2 days ...

you don't leave the town

Go to sleep, Raghav ...

Go to sleep or else 'Hastar'
will come for you!


I know what you've been up to

Right under my nose?
How dare you, you?

Sister, I haven't even
touched your husband

I know all your tricks,
you dirty, lying witch!

I'm going to throw you out

What happened?

She stole my brooch

I did no such thing

I didn't choose to come here.
I have had enough ...


I'll break your face
if I hear another word

You won't live here anymore

Get out!

You will not stay here!

What happened?

-She can't live in our house anymore.
- Huh?

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Empty, again?

This is the third time in a year


Hold your tongue

Tired of your whining

Seems to have forgotten her place

I say this because I'm
worried about you

You can't run like this
all your life

When will your boy be ready?

He's of no use

Father, training was great today

I picked 8 coins in my 19th attempt

What's the most you've ever picked?

Yes ...

I can't arrange this week either

Let's talk next week

Yes, good night

I'm going to Tumbbad tomorrow.
Keep Pandurang ready

Really? Father said this?

Yes. Tomorrow, you will also
go to Tumbbad

It's time you start
helping your father

What happens there, though?

I don't know

What do I have to do?

You'll know soon ...

then, you tell me

You'd said you'd take me
when I am 16

-But I learnt quickly ...
-Speak softly, I'm not deaf!

When were you ready?
At my age or at 16?

You are not ready yet!

What's in Tumbbad?

If there was a god
whose mere touch ...

would turn you immortal ...

letting you live for centuries ...

and you'd know where
the eternal treasure is

All you have to do
is eat and sleep

Would you want that?

Who wouldn't want
such a blessing?

One knows it's not a blessing ...

but a curse worse than death!

I think I'll be coming
back home alone today

Why, father?

Father, I'm just like you

I'm not afraid of anything!

I'm not scaring you ...

just preparing you
for what lies ahead

Is that God the same one ...

"Sleep or else Hastar will..."
-Shh ...

Don't utter his name

He appears even if you
take his name?

Since that day, the Gods' wrath
has rained on Tumbbad

But why did they wake him up?

Because Hastar's curse
is a boon for us

What do you mean?

You'll know when you go inside

Inside what?

The Goddess's womb

Mix in these pebbles.
He chews through them

It buys us more time

Listen ...

We here just to practice today.
We won't need these inside

Scared already?
We haven't even begun

Make a circle. It keeps us safe.
He cannot enter it

What if he tries to?

It will destroy him

Remember, he took the gold,
but couldn't get the grains

Hence, he yearns for
flour and dreads it too

But what if Hastar bites you?

You'll be cursed like grandmother.
Get it here

Is that the grandmother?

No, he was my friend

Did Hastar do this?


When will Hastar come?

When we offer him the dough doll

But we're just practicing,
that's why we didn't bring it

Pull this from here

But I got the doll

Run, you fool!


Wait for me, father

You, greedy scum!

Didn't I ask you to
not get the doll?

Didn't I?

Sorry ...

Stay here.
Or I'll chop your head off!

Look over there

Has gone even blind now

Keep it safe,
It's your first earning

How much will I get
if I sell this?

Give it back ... quick!

I'll keep it safe

Until I don't ask for it

Tell me, what was there?

That's between father and me

You focus on household chores

Unwrap it

Eat it

Your father gave this to you?

Does he like it too?

He doesn't like anything

Then what's the point?

What do you mean?

Mother, what do you mean?

Greetings to the free
citizen of free India

Welcome Raja Sahib

This is for the
new water station

Name it after my wife

Now that India is free,
how will you keep busy?

You think our freedom struggle
was to keep us busy?


You're insulting me

This land they looted and
partitioned is yours too

That's why we seek your donation ...
and your sympathy

Forget sympathy,
take more donation

Your house is decaying.
Doesn't match your stature

It's time you buy a grander mansion

-I have one in Tumbbad ...

Tumbbad has been given away last week


If only you'd listened to me

We would've drawn out legal papers
and it would have been yours

Tumbbad is under the
lordship of 7 barons

I take good care of each of them

-That's between you and the barons.
-Whom did they give away Tumbbad to?

To the new Sarkar

Who is this Sarkar?

The Indian Government

It's a decrepit mansion anyway

They'll build a new village there

I'll look for something else
that matches your status


What is it?

Why are you standing
like that?

What are you staring at?

Should I wake up everybody?

Father tells you everything,
doesn't he?

He must've told you
about this as well

I'm his partner now

And soon I'll be the only one
running the show

You do know what I mean, right?

Father has kept you
as a mistress ...

No big deal in that.
Everyone has one

But when I grow up,
I'll marry you

Are you crazy?

How old are you?

Does that matter to you?

If not Tumbbad, at least
the mansion is ours, right?

The government will lock it up too

But why?

You fool

Come here


Take the keys, stupid



Pull harder

So much gold!

This will last a lifetime

You're just like my mother

She thought a coin
would last a lifetime



Wake up, father!

Father ... wake up please

You want to be a man, huh?

I'll break your other leg too!


Just because I spoke to you,
you think you can fool me?

What are you looking at?

Want to gift her a coin, huh?


Where are you going?
-To get my coin back

You want your coin?
Let me give you one

-Today you'll die

I'm going to wring your neck

Tie you to a rock
and throw you in a river

That should take care of you


You've been doing it
the wrong way all along

You will teach me what
is right, huh?

The coins are in its loincloth,
so why not just steal the loincloth?

-Let's steal 'Hastar's' loincloth

You want 'Hastar's' loincloth, bastard?
How much time can we buy with that doll?

We pick what we can and run!

We will take many dolls

As soon as he picks one,
we'll throw another and so on

Father ...

it won't take us long
to steal the loincloth

Will he eat so many dolls?

Didn't you say
he's always hungry?

I know it's difficult

But it's possible

Come here

Father, I am sorry.
I will not do it again

Remain in your pants for a few years.
We'll get you married soon!

And till then?

And till then!

He plays hide and seek, like the Reaper

Spins a web of laughter and cries

He stares into your soul with lust

Hits you at every turn, like kingdom come

For ages he has starved

Waiting unfulfilled, unnourished

He endlessly eats stones-pebbles-wheat

Eternally thirsty, drinks with gruesome greed

Ears quiver, bearings adrift

He's the god of death,
life and heart shiver

Come, come conquer Tumbbad.

Go, go revel in Tumbbad

The clouds erupt, yet my soul
Burns like an ember

Every moment, my mind splits, my body
is pierced . The world is up in the air

Come here

Hold this

Shall we begin, father?

Stop! Put the dolls back!


Father! Please, no

We'll find another way

Father, don't do this please

Take the dolls off, father!

Father don't do this.


Take it

The loincloth!


Take it

Take it!

Didn't you want this?

Didn't you want this?


-Take it!

Father, go to sleep ...

Father, sleep or 'Hastar'
will come for you