Durgamati Movie Review: Horror entangled in the fabric of political corruption – suspense story, breathless
Durgamati has every spice that a strong horror film should have. The film begins with Water Resources Minister Ishwar Prasad (Arshad Warsi), where he promises people that he will resign from his ministerial post if those who steal temple idols are not caught within 15 days. People consider Ishwar Prasad to be God because of his honesty. On the other hand he is also on the radar of CBI. CBI Joint Commissioner Satakshi Ganguly (Mahi Gill) and ACP Abhay Singh (Jisshu Sengupta) together want to expose the corruption of Ishwar Prasad.
Under this plan, Satakshi Ganguly and ACP Abhay Singh take out Ishwar Prasad’s former personal secretary IAS Chanchal Chauhan (Bhumi Pednekar) in jail for questioning. Chanchal remains in jail for the murder of her fiance Shakti (Karan Kapadia). However, away from the public eye, the CBI gives him the Durgamati Mahal for interrogation. People say that the soul of Queen Durgamati resides in the palace. But CBI keeps Chanchal there for a few days and interrogates him. Things change from here. As night falls, Chanchal is touched by the spirit of Queen Durgamati and she is completely transformed. But who is Rani Durgamati and what is her story? Does the soul really reside there or is the trick of the fickle? These answers come directly in the climax of the film.
Durgamati is the Hindi remake of the Telugu film, but it still has a South influence which may disappoint the Hindi audience. Director G. Ashok has completely transformed the film scene by scene from one language to another. But it is important to know that Hindi film audiences have a very different taste. The background score and echo behind the dialogues of Rani Durgamati-turned-Bhoomi Pednekar are boring. The story of the film is interesting, but the dialogues and direction are very poor. The dialogues of the film seem to be preaching in most of the scenes. Obviously, it is difficult to tie the Hindi audience to this.
The story must be told on feminism or corruption, but the way of telling must be effective.
Bhumi PednekarBhumi Pednekar is a powerful actress who garners praise from the audience with every film. But then what was missing here? Maybe it’s the right direction. She has impressed in some scenes, but she looked breathless as Rani Durgamati. At the same time, apart from two or four dialogues in Mahi Gill’s part, nothing special has come.. That too the dialogue given by mixing Bengali-Hindi has become a bit strange. Jisshu Sengupta was effective whenever he came on screen. Karan Kapadia’s character was small and flat.
Kuldeep Mamalia’s cinematography makes the story effective. Kuldeep has been successful in scaring the audience especially through Durgamati Mahal. The art direction of the film is worthy of praise. Unnikrishnan could have tightened his hands on editing. This two and a half hour film looks quite stretched. Preaching scenes related to politics and corruption make the film very lengthy and also bore the audience.
The background score of the film is average, given by Jakes Bejoy. It would not be wrong to say that this is an important aspect of a horror film. At the same time, the music of the film is composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Naman Adhikari, Abhinav Sharma and Malini Awasthi. There are only two songs in the film which play in the background and leave an impact.
what’s good what’s bad
As the film’s outline is, it could have been classified as a terrific horror film. But due to weak direction and acting, the film remains average. Bhumi Pednekar is a strong actress, she is very good in some scenes, but when it came to showing long dialogues and special delivery of Durgamati, she did not look effective. Especially the directors are defeated in making the climax of the film effective.
see or not see
If you love watching horror-suspense movies, Durgamati is a must-watch. The story of the film takes many interesting turns, but at the end it falls apart. This two and a half hour film entertains in parts.