“One is not born, but rather becomes a woman,” said Simone de Beauvoir, a world-renowned author, in her world-famous book Le Deuxième Sexe. Cut to Indian cinema, producer Anushka Sharma is proving that her Clean Slate Films are gradually creating a genre of film that has a realm of surprise, thrill, paranormal and suspense. Also, she is establishing her web platform one after another just with the same feeling.
The newly released Netflix film, Bulbbul is not a typical horror genre movie but is also focusing on the story of a girl who grew up from the innocence of child marriage to being an avenger. The story starts with the innocent curious question of Bulbul as to why she has to wear a toe ring which hurts her. The answer was to keep the girls in control and not let them fly away.
However, Anvita Dutt Guptan, the director and the narrator of the movie, has laid the foundation of a protesting woman in the form of a supernatural story from Bengal. In the backdrop of 19-century Bengal, after constantly being tortured, a simple bride of a royal palace picks up a tool that burns the pride of masculinity.
Cinematographer Siddharth Diwan has elevated each scene to a classic level by focusing on the main aspect of the subject in the context of the Baroque style of painting. Meenal Agarwal’s set-design, based on the Bengali aristocracy and folklore of the royal family, amazed one and all.
The first thing to say about acting is Rahul Bose’s efficiency in the twin roles of the landlord and his brother. The effort is grounded and expresses his menacing quicksilver expressions. Paoli Dam’s acting is quite captivating with her scheming taunts and jealousy with equal élan. Avinash Tiwari and Parambrata Chatterjee’s performances are appropriate, to say the least.
Tripti Dimri’s expressions as the prime formation are a delight to watch as she converts from an innocent girl to a liltingly coquettish Bulbbul. Finally, Amit Trivedi’s magical background score helps to capture the mood of the mystery-thriller. The film is a challenging take on the societal norms and a tale of feminist slow-roasting retribution.
Edited by: Suvasree Guha Dey