BULBUL CAN SING movie review is here. The Assamese language drama film directed by Rima Das was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
The movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Assamese at India’s 66th National Film Awards and has won other twelve national & global awards. Featuring Arnali Das, Manabendra Das, Manoranjan Das, & Bonita Thakuriya, BULBUL CAN SING is exclusively brought by Vkaao to PVR Cinemas across India from September 27, 2019.
Does Rima Das repeats the magic of VILLAGE ROCKSTARS again?!. Let’s find out in the movie review of BULBUL CAN SING.
Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
When the VILLAGE ROCKSTARS get their guitar and want to sing the songs of innocence, infatuation, love, life and friendship in the magical flora and fauna of Kalardiya, a rural village in Western Assam, its magic once again.
Is Rima Das having a trilogy in her mind like the historic game changer THE APU TRILOGY by Satyajit Ray?!!.
The Story of BULBUL CAN SING
Bulbul (Arnali Das) is a young teenage girl who lives in Kalardiya village near Chaygaon in India’s Assam state. She has two best friends, Bonny (Banita Thakuriya) and Sumu (Manoranjan Das).
Rima Das’s next after VILLAGE ROCKSTAR peeps through the adolescent and exuberance of these rural village youths on the threshold of adulthood and zooms on the conflict of poetic innocence, nature and sensuality with authentic sense of everyday reality that is sheltering the prejudice outlook towards women and the gender bias.
BULBUL CAN SING movie review
Like VILLAGE ROCKSTARS, Rima Das beautifully uses the nature, atmosphere and the landscape as a simile to tell the story, a leaf, a swing, rains, river, clouds, rainbow, light, darkness. Das explores all that nature gives with the nature of her characters. They are real. Bulbul has pubertal pimples, she is not that beauty but she attracts attention.
Bulbul struggles to get the pitch and goes off key while learning to sing in her school. Her friend Bonny is able to hit the right notes. But later after going through a traumatic experience that shatters her friendship, she finds her voice and hums her own song. No one is there to judge whether the pitch is right or wrong. Here Rima Das creates that rare magic, the mark of a story teller with an amazing arc of brilliance.
When Bulbul and her friends Bonny and Sumu are attacked by flag bearers of morality, the melancholy it establishes about the kind of world we are creating for girl’s gets universal. Be it an urban metropolitan or a rural village anywhere. A growing girl has to follow these rules, they have to be modest, well behaved and stay calmed.
Another aspect is the sexual identity of Sumu which takes its time in establishing that he is gay though the conflict of Sumu doesn,t goes deep, its Bulbul and her friendship with Suman and the world around her that holds the key.
Rima Das remarkable ability to capture the poetic rhythms of nature with the real songs of life is incredibly rare. Performances by the key cast are profoundly natural. Arnali Das as Bulbul is piously natural, Banita Thakuriya as Bonny is fantastic and Manoranjan Das as Sumu is amazing and minus the cliché mannerisms associated with a gay character.
The VILLAGE ROCKSTARS find a voice in BULBUL CAN SING as they enter the age of adolescent!!, Is Rima Das having a trilogy in her mind?!, something akin to the historic game changer THE APU TRILOGY by Satyajit Ray?!!. May be or may not be but after VILLAGE ROCKSTARS, BULBUL CAN SING cements the astonishing fact that Rima Das is undoubtedly a one women show.
The director, writer, editor, cinematographer, producer, costume designer and production designer certainly is creating her language of cinema. Here is a filmmaker with a rare eye for poetic naturalism in surrealism around flowing like a river and singing like a Bulbul – it’s in their nature to flow and sing. They don’t need to be told.