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In the Indian Hindi-language horror film Tumbbad(2018), the cursed grandmother who is chained and locked in a room needs to be fed everyday in order to keep her sleeping. But if she is not fed on time, she wakes up.

Also she could be put to sleep easily by saying,

"Sleep otherwise Hastar will come".

Hastar is a demon god whose touch cursed grandmother.

This line was used on cursed people to put them to sleep. Feeding cursed people was not an easy task as they were some 100 year old physically deformed and mentally unstable. They were cursed with eternal life and always hungry for food.

My question is, why do they need to feed her everyday when she could be put to sleep by saying that one line?

  • is that line supposed to have limited usages? or that line may be supposed to use in emergencies. could be more valuable to use because it's usage is limited. with that, feeding may be just easier thing to do. please note I have no idea what that movie is and haven't watched it – Vishwa Jun 20 at 3:38
  • @Vishwa: Added information to question. – Rahul Jun 20 at 4:53
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The cursed woman who wakes and demands food every night is the great grandmother of the lord Sarkar:

Vinayak: She's Sarkar's great grandmother.
         I'm sure she knows something about the hidden treasure.

Vinayak's mother serves Sarkar, and Sarkar is Vinayak's father. It seems that (among other services) the lord expects Vinayak's mother to feed the cursed "grandmother" every night:

Mother:  You dare to swear at your father?
Vinayak: Tell him ... 
         We won't look after his old hag unless he gives us the coin.

So you could argue that the mother feeds the cursed woman partly because of family ties, but mostly because her lord demands this of her.

  • I recon that. But my question is why she needs to be fed when she could be put to sleep by uttering one line, which later in the movie we saw works for everyone who is cursed. – Rahul Jul 21 at 21:23
  • Presumably because the lord Sarkar cares enough about his great grandmother to pity her hunger, and wants to see her fed every night. I don't believe the movie gives any more explicit confirmation about his motives. – Bobulous Jul 26 at 17:30
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Because according to the story The demon or cursed God didn't get food only gold.... So he is always hungry when hastar bit anyone the person becomes cursed & his medium for food....... Indirectly demon eats from grandmother..... And keep her alive for it.

  • My question is, why do they need to feed her everyday when she could be put to sleep by saying that one line? – Rahul Jul 24 at 19:31
  • Well because they were getting paid for it by Sarkar to take care of her , & she was their relative. As soon they abodoned her her body started searching for food and she become tree. They were doing what they were told by Sarkar... To feed her once a day.. They did not question him why ? They were poor people doing their job........ But you are doing.... "baal ki khal nikalana" – Buno9 Jul 26 at 2:51
  • Asking a question on plot hole is not "baal ki khal nikalana"(English: nitpicking ) .My question is specific to how she was taken care of. If one line could maker her sleep without food then what was the need to prepare food if they were so poor ? – Rahul Jul 26 at 8:14
  • Answered already above..... Because without food for long time she had developed like tree.... They did not know what would happen if they stop . And they were getting paid for that, they were doing what they were told to that's how most people do, she was their source of income ........ It's not loophole at all. It's like somebody forcefully trying to find something.... Which is completely irrelevant. – Buno9 Jul 27 at 9:28
  • You are not getting my point. Am asking what was need to feed when one line could make her sleep ? Just make her sleep by uttering one line. – Rahul Jul 27 at 19:30

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