Durgamati- The myth (2020) Movie Review: An unconvincing flat movie
The most awaited horror-thriller Durgamati is finally here. The film is a remake of the Telugu-Tamil bilingual film Bhaagamathie (2018) which was a G.Ashok’s direction as well.
Durgamati is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Akshay Kumar, and Vikram Malhotra under T-Series, Cape of Good Films, and Abundantia Entertainment. In view of the pandemic, the film is streaming worldwide on Amazon prime video now.
Horror films are always exciting to watch. The thrilling and hair-raising experience that one goes through is just unexplainable. As a scary movie lover, I have always looked forward to any such movie. Well, Durgamati was one movie that I eagerly waited for as I had to watch how Bollywood had adapted a South Indian movie and remade it for the audience up there. Let’s look at how this movie has actually turned out to be here. I haven’t watched Bhaagamathie, so yes this is going to be an honest “Durgamati” review.
Cast: Bhumi Pednekar, Arshad Warsi, Jisshu Sengupta, Mahie Gill, and Karan Kapadia.
Durgamati- The myth: Story
A turn of events lands Chanchal Chauhan (Bhumi Pednekar), an IAS officer in jail. Following an episode of interrogation, Chanchal is locked up in a mansion that is believed to be haunted by the spirit of Durgamati. What unfolds further is unpredictable.
Durgamati: The myth: Direction
G. Ashok is an Indian film director and screenwriter who work predominantly in Tollywood. Durgamati is his sixth directed film that is a remake of his very own Telugu film called Bhaagamathie. I would like to appreciate this person for portraying the not-so-good side of politics as well as corruption in the country.
Speaking of his direction, it is satisfactory. The first half of the film was pretty interesting but the second half was completely washed out. The second half of the film literally got me to say “What is even happening?”
The script is a little poor and the duration of the film is just too much to watch. On the whole, the direction is just average.
Durgamati- The myth: Acting
Bhumi Pednekar, in general, is a fabulous actor and there are no second thoughts on it but in this movie, I think she was completely off the Durgamati character. I think she could only pull off the character of an IAS officer. But, the powerful acting that a character like Durgamati demands is not something that Bhumi could perform.
Arshad Warsi plays the role of a politician in this film. Now, what could I possibly have to say about this mind-blowing actor? It is so obvious, he never really fails to impress the audience with any role he plays. I think he has completely stolen the show. His performance makes us tolerate this film, to be honest.
Jisshu Sengupta, Mahie Gill, and Karan Kapadia deliver good performance as well. The characters they play are something very ordinary but I absolutely loved watching these actors who were at their best.
Durgamati- The myth: Music and Making
The film has only two songs – “Baras Baras” and “Heer”. I felt these two songs were really good with their meaningful lyrics by Tanishk Bagchi and Dipti Misra and amazing music by Tanishk Bagchi, Naman Adhikari, Abhinav Sharma, and Malini Awasthi.
The background score is really good. I think the kind of what horror film demands, this film has it.
Now, the making is a plus point here. The stunning creepy mansion and other locations throughout the film is something I would really like to appreciate. The making is definitely rich and good.
Durgamati- The myth: Conclusion
Bollywood hasn’t been that successful in making a film under the genre of horror in the past few years and I think it is still the same.
You don’t have to be freaked out while watching this film as it is not at all scary. Yes, the horror sequences did not work. It rather makes you laugh. The film is a disappointment. So you can watch this movie just for the sake of it which claims to be a horror film but in reality, is not!
Durgamati- The myth: Ratings
Background score: 3/5
Overall rating: 5.5/10