There’s a scene in which Chanchal roams around the mansion and shouts “ Kaun hai wahan?”. Suddenly a reply echoes in the mansion, “ Bhoot”. Now I don’t know the makers were trying to make the film humorous or horrifying by this particular scene. Whatever their intent might be for this scene, it’s 2020 please improve the level of humor/horror.
Amazon Prime’s new offspring, Durgamati, a reprisal of Bhaagamathie(2018) is a bizarre horror-thriller that spends way more time constructing the twists and turns rather than building the character or the plot. It mostly stays true to the original source but Bhaagamathie itself was heavily dependant on the performance of the protagonist (Anushka Shetty) but Bhumi Pednekar as the protagonist of Durgamati is very weak.
Chanchal is a murder-convict who is suddenly brought to an old mansion where no one resides. The main purpose of the interrogation is to find some sort of evidence that somehow can be used wrongly to press charges against a noble politician, Ishwar Prasad (Arshad Warsi). Before Chanchal got convicted, she used to be the secretary of Ishwar Prasad. Mahie Gill as Satakshi Ganguly leads the investigation. Jisshu Sengupta as a police officer is also the brother of the guy who Chanchal killed.
Ashok’s Hindi version is almost completely similar to the original. The shot compositions are identical and even the jump scares happen at exactly the same moments. The film ruins itself when it tries to be funny. Three “ pura boka” (idiots) police officers are supposed to act as comic relief but instead of relief, they irritate you more. There’s a scene in which Chanchal roams around the mansion and shouts “ Kaun hai wahan?”. Suddenly a reply echoes in the mansion, “ Bhoot”. Now I don’t know the makers were trying to make the film humorous or horrifying by this particular scene. Whatever their intent might be for this scene, it’s 2020 please improve the level of humor/horror.
Bhumi Pednekar isn’t half as good as Anushka Shetty was in Bhaagamathie. There isn’t anything wow about her performance. She mostly bends and shouts at the top of her voice throughout the film. None of the other actors are able to give a noteworthy performance with the limited material handed to them. The setting is neat but there’s nothing new, you have seen all this a thousand times before. The only thing good about the film is the way it tried to show how politicians use the general public, it tries to touch the right note at least in that area but yeah it barely explores all of them or even the ones that it tries to touch.
Overall, Durgamati is a forgettable Hindi-revival of Bhaagamathie and isn’t half as slick as compared to the original nor has a strong main lead.
Cast: Bhumi Pednekar, Mahie Gill, Arshad Warsi, Jisshu Sengupta.
Director: Ashok G.
Streaming: Amazon Prime Video.
Verdict: Skip it.