Bulbul Can Sing

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    Bulbul Can Sing

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    95 min

    • Hindi
    • Assamese


    Contemporary World Cinema - Toronto IFF

    Bulbul, Bonny and Suman live an idyllic life, playing in the rain, climbing trees and swimming in the river. On the cusp of puberty, the inseparable trio go through their schooling days as a unit, discovering love, sexual awakenings and rebellion together. When a group of villagers discover the teens engaged in acts that outrage their moral modesty, the trio’s friendship is put to the test through violent punishment and tragedy.


    • Special mention (International Jury Generation 14plus) - Berlin Generation
    • Best Performance (Manoranjoan Das) - Singapore IFF



    Arnali Das
    Manoranjoan Das
    Manabendra Das
    Bonita Thakuriya
    Pakija Begam
    Rima Das
    Festival Bookings


    An affectionate, insightful, honest look at an ordinary young woman growing up in a male-dominated society.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    This intimate, naturalistic drama from Rima Das follows Bulbul as she negotiates shame and tragedy, and emerges the other side with a newfound strength.

    Wendy Ide, Screendaily

    Rima Das

    Rima Das


    Rima Das is a self-taught film writer-producer-director. She was born in north-east of India in the state of Assam. She started her work in the movie industry as an actress, then decided in 2009 to go to the other side of the camera and become a director. After successful short films and documentaries, Reema Das took up shooting her first feature film in which she acted as a screenwriter, director and producer. Work on the film with a microscopic budget and a condensed film-crew took her 4 years. She has directed the short film PRATHA (2009) and the feature MAN WITH THE BINOCULARS (2016). VILLAGE ROCKSTARS her 2017 was India's selection for the Academy Award Best Foreign Language film. Her latest feature BULBUL CAN SING (2018) premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.

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