I watch movies because I can't afford regular therapy.
The dreaded atmosphere and vibe of a gothic romance, reminiscent of Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak', is the highlight of Anvita Dutt's highly ambitious 'Bulbbul'. It's a tale of female angst and toxic males set in 19th century Bengal and it's undoubtedly relevant in this age. Of course, there are some flaws in the narrative structure but it barely mattered for me, considering the effective performances, Amit Trivedi's haunting music, Siddharth Diwan's magnificent frames and the brilliant direction of Anvita Dutt. The film is far more nuanced than being tied down to genre conventions, so don't expect much "horror".
Subject matter aside, it's just such a refreshment everytime to see Indian directors use a camera in it's full functionality to tell a story. The grainy vignette frames are used as a tool to portray the psyche of our unaware protagonist. Anubhav Sinha's 'Article 15' is a gut wrenching story of class divide that proves to be an essential viewing.
Ayushmann Khurrana plays Ayan Ranjan, a foreign return IPS officer who is sent to Laalgaon as a punishment for responding…