BULBUL - A sweet, cloying 25 minutes and 39 seconds of messy, crazy but pleasantly winning romcom that innocently pays a subdued tribute to the classic Chaplinesque feel which is constantly charmed by Divya Khosla Kumar’s adorable act.
Written by the late maestro Kundan Shah, BULBUL on face is a sweet simple rom-com about Bulbul (Divya Khosla Kumar) a charming sweet girl from the picturesque locations of Shimla who has fallen head over heels for Aditya (Shiv Pandit). Aditya, however, is in love with Sweety (Elli AvrRam). Finding that Aditya and Sweety are going to tie the knot, the heartbroken Bulbul gets on a mission to get her love back by trying various means which are sometimes quirky, funny and silly. Bulbul tries to create a mess in the life of Aditya and Sweety by falsely posing as a pregnant woman, a Sardarji and more..
Ultimately, Bulbul realizes what his love of life actually wants and comes true to her name Bulbul - the bird commonly known for its sweet sound and singing but in reality is a fighter and also been referred as a symbol of sacrifice in poetry by evolutionary poet Ram Prasad Bismil. Anyways, the feel-good BULBUL is never overpowered by the desire to be a sturdy lesson on the same.
Directed by Ashish Panda, who assisted Divya Khosla Kumar in YAARIYAN and SANAM RE, interestingly narrates this short story of love with more emotions and less words. The attempt invokes a pleasantly surprising déjà vu feeling of the silent era toned in that Chaplinesque feel for a while.
The rich production values in no way suggests that BULBUL is a short feature, maybe the makers have initially decided to make it a feature but a blast from the past recalling the magic of their 1989 musical blockbuster LAL DUPATTA MALMAL KA made for tv/video that had chartbusters by Anand-Milind, may have instigated the idea to hum their short film segment entry with BULBUL.
It’s a decently pleasant welcome for T-series in the short film sector. It’s encouraging to find the company which is backing big projects starring A-list stars is also looking to churn movies in the shorter format.
BULBUL reminds us of the maestro Kundan Shah and his amazing knack of a quality to find quirkiness in simple characters. The director may not have been able to give full justice to what was in late Kundan Shah’s mind but after the all the flaws and simplistic approach, BULBUL ends as a decent feel-good watch.
Divya Khosla Kumar after a long hiatus proves that time is no bar for a good actress, Divya charms her way throughout in an adorable performance.
Shiv Pandit is fine and Elli AvrRam looks good. The song ‘Tere Bin O Saajana’ by Meet Brothers gives a déjà vu feeling of ‘Kya karte thein sajana’ from LAL DUPATTA MALMAL KA. Sameer Arya’s cinematography is eye candy.
All said and done, BULBUL with all its crazy, innocent mess is recommended for those who believe in those cute little mushy mushy feelings call love, and the open-mindedness in embracing the fact that life must go on in spite of setbacks.