August 10, 2022
Bulbul Movie Review: Anushka Sharma’s Netflix Production Is Wrong

NightingaleNetflix’s latest Indian original, is a disaster. In a smart film, its title character – Mrs. Bulbul Choudhary (Trupti Dimri from Laila Majnu) – would have made a charming villain. for most Nightingale, she is adorned in the most exquisite saris and jewellery. Whenever she is sitting empty, which is almost always the case, as the lady of the house, Bulbul feathers herself with a peacock feather. And she makes no effort to hide her true feelings, smiling ear to ear or laughing heartily at the plight of others. Unfortunately, Bulbul is caught in a dull, passive and ridiculous film whose plot you can totally guess after watching the first few minutes. It’s only the characters in the film – except Bulbul – who fail to see otherwise, to the extent that it all seems like a giant prank, as if they’re just pretending to be oblivious.

Almost it’s all down to writer-director Anvita Dutt, a lyricist and dialogue writer, who makes her directorial debut on the Netflix original. Nightingale – Supernatural tale of a period set in Bengal – focused on folklore witch, a woman who rises from the dead (with inverted legs) after an unnatural death. English subtitles translate it as “demon-woman” but her behavior Nightingale More like a vampire. Although Datta brushes off the misogynistic and patriarchal voices witch To put a feminist spin on the story, she doesn’t add to it in any meaningful way. apart from this, NightingaleBengal’s setting makes zero sense. Not a single character speaks anything other than Hindi, and the film does not use the local word. witch, It can also be established in any part of (British) India.

Though you wouldn’t even know Nightingale The film was set in British India simply by watching, as it has no trace of the British, except for a brief dialogue. Or the three words on-screen text at the very beginning, which reads “1881, Bengal Presidency”. The Netflix film opens with a child marriage, a young Bulbul (Ruchi Mahajan from Yeh Teri Galiyan) getting married to a much older man, Indranil Thakur (Rahul Bose from Shaurya). Nightingale Satyajit Thakur (Varun Paras Buddhadev from Koi Laut Ke Aaya Hai) tries to sway the audience away with a pleasant background score and featuring a friend of his age, but it works so poorly that it is an early indicator of the film. Works as predictability. Only Bulbul is convinced that she was about to marry Satya.

Fast forward two decades as Satya (Avinash Tiwari reunited with Laila Majnu co-star Dimri) returns from London, where he is studying to become a lawyer. In the five years he is gone, Bulbul (Dimri) has given him the above status as the lady of the house. Her husband is nowhere to be seen, her brother-in-law’s bumbling idiot is dead, and her widow and her scheming sister-in-law Binodini (Poly Dam, from Hate Story) are forced to shave their heads and take them out. The royal house Bulbul and Binodini’s relationship is like a relic of the soap opera era, full of jealousy and meanness. (Surprisingly, there are no children to be seen anywhere, which is curious given that child-factories were considered the sole reason for women’s existence at the time.)

The story of the film then unfolds in two parallel timelines. In 1901 Satya investigates a series of murders, only of men, whom A. is held responsible for witch By the people of the village for the bite marks on the victims. And the second has flashbacks, as we see Bulbul running after Satya and facing the atrocities of everyone in the house. It is clear to all and his grandmother that Bulbul had a thing for Satya and that was witch – something she hints at on several occasions – but it takes ages for the other characters to figure it out. And to make matters worse, Nightingale One keeps hitting the same point at home in several scenes, wasting time on a film that runs for just 90 minutes.

Amateur writing and directing match a lazy background score Nightingale, consisting of simple tunes that sound like the first search result you get on Google after typing “horror music”. It is surprising that Amit Trivedi is the composer, known for his work for films like Andhadhun, Dev.D and Udaan. The lack of originality translates to being both oppressive and over-the-top, which is also the case with the saturated tones of red – cinematographer Siddharth Dewan (Queen) and production designer Minal Aggarwal (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) – she bakes. Night time scenes convey a sense of dread. Dewan’s camerawork is the only technical aspect of it Nightingale Which does not pay attention to itself, other departments seem to bow to the will of the director.

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(second from right) Avinash Tiwari as Satya Nightingale
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All of that ultimately results in a devastation of epic proportions. Your eyes will become moist after seeing its rote, tired dialogues. The tonal dissonance and silly characters will kick you out of the movie. And in this there is nothing to be said about the rights of men and the treatment of women. In the hands of a more capable writer-director, Nightingale A film about folklore would have met audience expectations. witch, than just playing in them. It could also have been Netflix’s first Bengali-language original. Instead, Anushka Sharma has helped deliver a dud for Netflix, which could also write the first half of 2020, giving us seven downright terrifying Indian movies on the mediocre spectrum. It’s almost as if the streaming service is masochistic.

Nightingale Now streaming on Netflix in India and worldwide.


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