Anvita Dutt’s Bulbbul isn’t scary despite a bloodthirsty spirit and unhappy woman
The latest Bollywood release on the digital platform, Anvita Dutt’s Bulbbul, seems not to have gone well with the audience. The film released today on Netflix.
The horror film, Bulbbul is a story of a child bride in Bengal who gets married to a man (Indranil Thakur played by Rahul Bose) almost double her age during the British era. On her way to the groom’s home in an exquisite palki, her brother-in-law Satyajeet, who is almost her age, tell her a typical scary folk tale about a female ghost who sucks blood and has back-facing feet.
After the initial few minutes, the period drama fast-forwards to two decades and Satyajeet returns from London after studying law. From here, the story moves to Satyajeet investigating a series of murders – touted to be the work of a female spirit - and the typical inhuman treatment to widows with shaved heads and in all-white attires.
Throughout the film, Bulbbul Chaudhary (Tripti Dimri) can be seen wearing exquisite sarees, loaded with many toe-rings and other jewelleries. In most of the film she keeps fanning herself with a peacock-handfan and loiters in the huge mansion decked up with stark-red sindoor on the forehead. The men too can be seen wearing intricately embroidered shawls and crisp dhotis while the decor of the mansion is really awesome.
Speaking about the lyrics and scriptwriting, it is all done by debutant Anvita Dutt and somehow has more loose ends than it should have. The typical background horror tunes too fail to impress the audience and on the story front, a few scenes like the unusually long violent rape that were originally meant to evoke anger turned out to be repulsive.
Unfortunately, the movie does not have many shudder-moments.