Movie Review by Rishi Kapoor
Bulbbul – Another kickass subject by Clean Slate films, owned by Anushka Sharma & her brother. The production house is doing some fine work, NH10 their maiden venture is still one of my favorites, infact Patal Lok (Web Series) was also good.
The brilliant thing about Bulbbul is that it sets the tone in the first five minutes, of being much more in-depth and carrying substance than just being identified as a horror film. Anvita Dutt’s striking debut feature is set in the late 19th century Bengal. It uses the supernatural horror genre to tell the story of a wide-eyed child bride whose quest for a kindred soul and kindness pulls her deep into peril. The premise is simple about a child bride that grows up to be an enigmatic woman presiding over her household, harbouring a painful past as supernatural murders of men plague her village.
It’s a simple story with amazing effects and cinematography. The movie sheds light on child marriage, patriarchal society, gender inequality and unveils dirty secrets of rich families. The performances by the entire cast is excellent. Both Avinash Tiwary and Tripti Dimri, who made their debut in 2019’s Laila Majnu stands out in the lead. Anvita Dutt, does a commendable job of keeping the narrative tight and getting her point across in a short duration. What doesn’t work for the movie is the undercooked story and thin characterisation.
Overall it’s a good one time watch because of the setting/tone of the movie with some fine performances and good cinematography.