STORY: Life turns sour when disgraced IAS official Chancellor Chauhan is taken to an unoccupied mansion for a police investigation. There, you are suffering from a bad spirit and - make no mistake - you will be retaliated.
REVIEW: IAS chief Chancellor Chauhan (Bhumi Pednekar) has been embarrassed for a few days to marry social activist Shakti Singh (Karan Kapadia) during the tragedy. Cauhan is in jail for the brutal murder of her boyfriend. In a land not far away, the Minister of Water Resources, Ishwar Prasad (Arshad Warsi), is on the CBI's radar of the mysterious disappearance of many idols in famous ancient temples. Cauhan's fate is closed and Prasad escapes capture - what is the connection between the two civil servants? Why is Chahan being questioned in an abandoned, sad building known for its supernatural powers and often referred to as 'accursed'? And, most importantly, on arrival at the site, why did Chahan claim to be the physical image of the ghost Durgamat, and who was he? Ashok G's Hindi repetition of his bilingual Tamil-Telugu 'Bhaagamathie' is shocking but rancid writing. The author of Ashok G's ambitious project 'Durgamati' rides on the subject of horses and dogs 'good over evil' and 'Vox Pop' who works as a standout in this community-oriented radio station. Preventing the first scene - where women, children are seen flying around and being kicked out of their homes by a bad organization - the first 30 minutes are devoted exclusively to building a foundation and setting up a space for spectators to catch. The foundation finds, is connected and does not. First, Bhumi Pednekar as a frustrated bureaucrat-back-bars paints a sad picture and the viewer has invested enough money to be curious about his background. However, when it comes from the demure persona to the ancient vengeful queen (constantly singing her songs, pfft…), Bhumi becomes the epic deer with heroic and subsequent adversity that makes you brave and trembling. With massive construction - legitimate hair and the sari-draping design done by Hindu goddesses - Durgamat is a riot of revenge and liberation, empowerment of women and political conspiracy.
From the point of view of the eerie flick, the ‘Durgamati’ is embarrassing - the presence of a shadow coming from behind the room, the hairline, the horrible neck protruding out is a medieval and flat hallway. Jakes Bejoy's back school makes the situation worse for its director - too playful, too old. Now, to look at the storyline from an interesting point of view, ‘Durgamati’ is not here and there. If there is something, it is the essence of all that is wrong, and a world that does not have a focus on one topic: it is too short for our will. ****** visible, if not completely. Similarly, the comedy is very late in years - 'Gopi, tumhare angur kyun kaap rahein hai' is releasing an audience in 2020, not a joke. Even the removal of dolya from gyaan is a very small thing to be real and does not stay where it should be.
If you think you would agree when we say that Bhumi is natural and this movie was not that strange, this multi-faceted actor was not in his position as a strong spirit - is the writing gentle? Who can say! Karan Kapadia has a Swades-esque moment, was in America, after which he returns to the village of Panna and works to improve his people. Like Shakti, he is an angry, straightforward shooter and has limited screen space. It would be great to see more of him on the big screen. Mahie Gill is the corrupt Co-Director of the corrupt CBI, Satakshi Ganguly, and although this good actor is trying to maintain the complexity of the structure ... there is not much he needs to do. Also, Bengalis's unfamiliarity with the Hindi language is one of Bollywood's ways that is as old as popular. Ishsh Prasad’s Ishwar Prasad seeks to transform the nation in ways that are honest and unlimited and that person has the same impact. ACP Singh (and Shakti's older brother in the film) is Jisshu Sengupta - even in his short, underdeveloped role he attracts us the way he always does, with great effort!
In a world where politics is often like a joke to some and equality is an unknown concept (and, for some), ‘Durgamat’ has a lesson or two to offer but the narrative and its storytelling process is so intense that it overrides cracks. Dialogue around strong ideas including the empowerment of women is always welcome, but can be better delivered.
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