Kankana Goswami

“Chudail nahi hai, Devi hai”. A prose from the recently released Netflix original “Bulbbul” which signifies how a powerful woman is a threat to all the misogynists out there, and is therefore seen as a “Chudail” in their eyes. Played brilliantly by Tripti Dimri, Bulbbul is the story of that girl who is thrown hate at for wearing colorful clothes, she is that girl who is forced to shut her mouth when injustice happens with her, she is that girl who is taught NOT to be more successful than men.
Based on the backdrop of the Bengal Presidency in 1880s, Bulbbul is married off at a very young age with a man thrice her age. She met her brother-in-law, Satya, who was of her age and her poor innocent self thought he was her groom. They both grew up together and bonded very well, which grew bitterness in her husband’s mind. Seeing this, he almost tried to kill Bulbbul, beating both her feet into red pulp with an iron rod. When people questioned, he said she fell downstairs and thus the wounds. On the same day, when she was lying unconsciously with her weak body, she was raped by her elder brother-in-law. It was surprising that she wasn’t dead by then, with her already bleeding lower body. Her wicked sister-in-law who happens to be the rapist’s wife, said, “badi badi Mahal o mein bohot aise raaz hote hai, isey raaz hi rakhna!”
It was this horrifying night that transformed her.
Bulbbul now becomes a fierce, bloodsucking woman who goes on killing every man who is domestically and sexually assaulting young girls. She stands there like a shield against those demons who call themselves “men”. She is known as the “chudail with twisted feet” and we all know why the “twisted feet”.
This movie is all about empowering women not just by signifying drunk women and their happening sex life, but by highlighting the realistic evils of the society we all live in. Every woman has a goddess within herself which can also turn vicious just like Maa Kali, when things go wrong. Eleanor Roosevelt once rightly said, “A woman is like a tea bag, you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” That’s exactly what Bulbbul portrays in a horror-fairytale screenplay.