Film : Durgamati
Cast: Bhumi Pednekar, Arshad Warsi, Jisshu Sengupta, Mahie Gill, Karan Kapadia
Director: G. Ashok
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes
OTT: Amazon Prime Video
Rating : 4 Stars
Durgamati is a remake of a Telugu movie titled Bhaagamathie. The movie starts like any other horror story, a haunted palace and people having their own frightful stories about how a queen once remorselessly murdered and now wanders around in the dark and lonesome alleys of the ancient palace.
We see how Chanchal Chauhan (played by Bhumi Pednekar), an IAS who was convicted of murdering her own husband is taken to the haunted palace for interrogation by a CBI officer and an ACP who was also her brother in law gets possessed by the vicious spirit, Durgamati, residing in the deadly place.
The CBI officer wants Chanchal to become witness against the minister Ishwar Prasad (played by Arshad Warsi) in the case of theft of antique idols from temples, whom she previously worked for as his personal secretary.
Ishwar Prasad is initially portrayed as a very honest man and a reputed and respected politician. As Chanchal is shifted to a mental asylum for the violent and abnormal behavior shown by her in the palace, Ishwar Prasad comes to visit her and a big twist is unveiled which keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats.
The story witnesses another twist when we see how Chanchal had revealed all crimes of Ishwar Prasad to CBI through the story of Durgamati.
Bhumi Pednekar didn’t leave the chance to surprise the audience with her exceptional performance yet again. Her graceful and astonishing performance keeps us hooked to the movie through every moment. Infact not just her, but every actor gave an extraordinary performance. Arshad Warsi as usual was mesmerizing in the role of Ishwar Prasad. Mahie Gill gave a marvelous performance as the CBI officer. Karan Kapadia portrayed the role of Shakti (Chanchal’s husband) fabulously.
To conclude, Durgamati is a splendid edge-of-seat movie and it is definitely worth watching !!