Netflix's Bulbbul: A Fitting Fit Of Feminist Rage? 

Anvita Dutt's supernatural period drama "Bulbbul," set in 19th-century Bengal, revolves around the life of the child-bride Bulbbul.

The film bares the patriarchal horrors in decadent aristocratic households of colonial India. 

Bulbbul is crippled by her much-older husband on suspicions of infidelity. She is also raped to death by his mentally ill twin.

Bulbbul 'awakens' to transform into a "pichal peri"—a witch whose legs are twisted behind her ankles.

A human in the day, Bulbbul becomes a frightening goddess by night—a manifestation of the Goddess Kali herself.

Under the shadow of a blood moon, she marches on warped feet to a ghostly humming.

She looks out for her village's womenfolk—'rightfully and justly' murdering wife-beating, sexually abusive men. 

The "witchy" Bulbbul symbolizes the collective feminist rage in women under patriarchy.  

She challenges traditional gender roles, acting against the heart of a misogynistic society.

She uses her newfound powers to take revenge on men who wrong and oppress women.  

"Bulbbul" is listed on Netflix in the "horror" genre. In fact, the horror lies in its melancholic social tragedy. 

The film challenges viewers to ponder if the seemingly opposing aspects of life are distinct or two sides of the same coin.


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