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A Feministic Review of the film BULBUL

Written by: ANWESHA SIMLAI

A narrative by lyricist and dialogue writer Anvita Dutt making her directorial debut on Netflix original movie, BULBUL (2020). The story revolves around the life of Mrs. Bulbul Choudhury (Tripti Dimri), a little girl who was married to a much older man, Indranile Thakur (Rahul Bose), and her brother in law, who was also her childhood companion, Satyajeet (Varun Paras Buddhadev).

The story begins with a happy family, revealing its broken edges when, due to the sudden departure of her companion, little Bulbul is left alone in a mansion with adults who never cared for her. Suddenly Bulbul’s life turns into a canvas of horrific instances.

The movie is a canvas of light and sound. Nights portrayed as red, the color of blood and courage perfectly symbolizes her abusive marriage and the murder of her innocence. The color red also conveys how the movie is based, on the folklore, of man-eating churails. The color blue symbolizes an idea of innocence, trust, and the power of royals.

Marital restrictions, enforced on a wife, are ironically symbolized by the jewelry adorned by Bulbul. Women’s feet are an important theme of the film, highlighting the lengths to which society goes to restrain a woman in marriage. The story’s supernatural element highlights the animalistic nature of natural justice. It is through fear that the protagonist’s character is slowly revealed, unveiling their hidden motives.

This movie becomes yet another accolade for Anushka Sharma. Who, once again succeeded in portraying a horrid story in a very picturesque manner, correlating it with one of our oldest fears of churail. The film artistically associates a scene of a bandaged woman with broken puppetry, and forest fire, in the end, shows how pain can eventually become unextinguishable.

The film’s soundtrack by Amit Trivedi is brilliant and adds to the heartwrenching storytelling. The dark tale of Bulbul fighting toxic manhood makes this film an excellent thriller.