Bulbbul on Netflix starts on a promising note with some great visuals, performances and story line, but glitchy writing routing to some incomprehensible points in the script affects the charm of the plot.
Set in 1880s, Bulbbul condemns gender abuse and delineates true feminism and its intensions without vilifying men as a whole.
Bulbbul, a beautiful and softhearted girl from Bengal, is married to Indranil, who is long in tooth to her age. As she grows, she forms an inseparable bond with Indranil’s youngest brother, Satya, who is close to her age. Later in her 20s, the bond leads to a rough road and what happens later forms the plot.
Bulbbul is an unseen, unprecedented take on the concept of supernatural. It breaks our accustomed perspective towards the horror genre films and acquaints us to an entire new dimension.
Bulbbul is one of the very few films which portrays feminism in a healthy, soulful way. In the time when the idea of feminism is being misunderstood and biased judgements are being put forward on various feminist issues, Bulbbul puts forward a story that portrays feminism in a fair, rational way.
Story and Script
Even though Bulbbul evokes the poignant sufferings of women in a very effective way, the ambitious story loses its intensity owing to mere flaws in the screenplay.
With a promising start, Bulbbul takes us through beautiful, happy day times and later the scary blood red nights. But as the film evolves, the writing stumbles at certain points, especially in giving clarity to the relationship between the lead characters. It leaves you perplexed failing to define the connection between characters leading to seeking back at times.
Anvita Dutt Guptan, who helmed this Netflix horror drama, has done a decent job being her debut directorial. She also flips the concept of ghost and makes us look through the other side which only very few films have done in the past. Instead of playing with the old chestnut concept, she has tried to pioneer the idea of ghost in a different way, giving it an attire which strikes us to rethink between the idea of good and evil.
Looking at the performance, Tripti Dimri delivers an unforgettable and remarkable performance. She gets into the skin of the character with her odd, mysterious smile and vengeful eyes. In the climax scene, she simply aces her act with her looks. Avinash Tiwary also did justice to his role as the youngest brother Satya. Rahul Bose as Indranil was also convincing but it seemed difficult for him to pull off the character of Mahendra in a credible way. Parambrata Chatterjee as Dr. Sudip was potent and befitting.
Visually stunning, the cinematography by Siddharth Diwan is truly eye candy. The blood red nights which evoked a sense of fear, the rich mansion conveying the characters’ social status, costumes, everything merged together perfectly to give a visually rich experience. The lighting, set and everything has been a treat to eyes.
Music and Background score
Music by Amit Trivedi is quite good but nothing to play on loop. Background score was amazing which helped in lifting every scene with the required emotions.
In a nutshell, Bulbbul is definitely worth watching for its breath taking visuals, stupendous performances and its novel use of feminism to tell such a story with a strong message. It is not a scarefest with number of jumpscares or anything, but it is something of its own kind and speaks on women issues using horror/mystery genre taking a diversion from social drama genre used mostly for such stories.