The many faces of So­hum Shah

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Ac­tor and pro­ducer So­hum Shah has come a long way since his first act­ing gig in Ship of Th­e­seus (2013). His lat­est project, Tumb­bad (re­leased last Fri­day), has been a part of sev­eral film fes­ti­vals this year, has gar­nered pos­i­tive re­views, and is be­ing hailed as a vi­sion­ary film. With four films and a Na­tional Award un­der his belt, So­hum is well on his way to mas­ter­ing the art of play­ing com­plex char­ac­ters. He played a stock­bro­ker in Ship of Th­e­seus, a po­lice of­fi­cer in Tal­var (2015) and por­trayed a boy-next-door in Sim­ran (2017). His lat­est con­quest has him play­ing the role of a greedy ad­ven­turer in Tumb­bad. So­hum, who hails from Sri Gan­gana­gar, Ra­jasthan, used to watch a lot of films as a child and dreamt of trav­el­ing abroad. Lit­tle did he know that years later, he would re­ceive crit­i­cal ap­pre­ci­a­tion for his work at var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals. When asked about his ex­pe­ri­ence, the ac­tor says, “It’s truly over­whelm­ing for me to get this kind of re­sponse from ev­ery­one. It’s en­cour­ag­ing and an ex­tremely emo­tional mo­ment for me to be a part of movies.” Ac­cord­ing to trade es­ti­mates, Tumb­bad has al­ready raked in `65 lakhs on its first day and saw en­cour­ag­ing growth on its sec­ond day, bring­ing in about `1.15 cr. Trade an­a­lyst Taran Aadarsh wrote on his so­cial me­dia han­dle: “#Tumb­bad wit­nesses an up­ward trend on Day 2... Growth on Day 2 [vis-à-vis Day 1]: 76.92%... Day 3 should be bet­ter... Fri 65 lakhs, Sat 1.15 cr. To­tal: `1.80 cr. In­dia biz.” Said to be a unique con­coc­tion of mythol­ogy, fan­tasy and a thriller, the film has had au­di­ences on the edge of their seats and has left ev­ery­one with a spine-chill­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The am­bi­tious project has been a roller coaster ride for So­hum, and film-maker Aanand L Rai has de­scribed it as a genre-defin­ing film.

It’s truly over­whelm­ing for me to get this kind of re­sponse from ev­ery­one. It’s an en­cour­ag­ing and emo­tional mo­ment for me. SO­HUM SHAH, AC­TOR

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So­hum Shah

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