What a relief from TV's old affliction: K-serials!
Tumbbad is all red and fiery; a superior take on mythology and greed set in an obscure rainy Maharashtrian village. The locations, cinematography, story, acting, music, production values are all first rate. It even has a moral that it delivers without being preachy. Background score by Jesper Kyd and Ajay-Atul's music are exceptional, especially the title track.
- the will and vision to execute collaborative efforts bringing together great professionals across all areas of film-making, regardless of the box-office outcome of these ventures
- painstaking pre- and post-production work, such as script, story, screenplay, locations, production values (post-prod work in Tumbbad apparently took > 2 years)
- authenticity of story-lines and settings: Indian culture/society depicted with realism; not the usual pseudo-western take on urban India
- both Tumbbad and Sonchiriya DO NOT have egoistic super/hyper-stars with legions of blind fans nor any undeserving star-kids who need to be showcased to the world over and above the supporting cast and script
- both revel in quality film-making undertaken for the sheer pleasure of the craft