Bulbbul upends fairy-tale templates by vanquishing saviours and putting female pain at the center of the narrative. Anvita Dutt crafts her scenes with such lyrical precision, it’s like Bhansali went on an exile, discovered his freak, returned as a goth kid https://t.co/GUXAPiCShs— Ankur Pathak (@aktalkies) June 24, 2020
Bulbbul is a 'horror fairytale' (or 'Bengali Gothic') ostensibly about a chudail (female demon/witch), but actually rooted in the real horrors of patriarchy and women's oppression.
The film is produced by Anushka Sharma, Bollywood actress and co-owner of Clean Slate Productions with her brother. They have been consistenly investing in offbeat material and centering women's stories (NH10, Phillauri), also giving opportunities for non-nepotism actors/actresses and new directors.
The film's director is Anvita Dutt. This is her first film as a director.
Bulbbul's main character of the same name is played by Tripti Dimri, who is new to the industry (this is her 3rd film). She is not a nepotism actress and she is simply mesmerizing in the film.
This is a thread on BulBul. It’s very rarely that a first film has this kind of an impact on me . I just wasn’t expecting it. I had read the script years ago. It’s in my mailbox . It had the vision, it had everything that’s in the film but it still wasn’t this what I saw..— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) June 25, 2020
This is an extremely long thread so you can just click on the above tweet if you want to read it all. TL;DR is: Director Anurag Kashyap heaped praise on Anvita Dutt, revealing that he had read the script for Bulbbul years ago and was impressed by Dutt's vision and work on the original script. Says it is one of the best "first films" he's seen, on the same league as Udaan, Masaan, Court, Fandry, Liar's Dice, Ship of Theseus. He also praised the cast, music by Amit Trivedi, cinematography.
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anyone seen this yet?