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Bhumi in Durgamati


Director: Ashok G

Starring: Bhumi Pednekar, Mahie Gill, Arshad Warsi, Karan Kapadia & Jisshu Sengupta

Written by: Ashok G

The crux of DURGAMATI THE MYTH’s story is politically related which has been splashed by a supernatural phenomenon. Ishwar Prasad (Arshad Warsi) is a minister of the ruling party. Priceless idols are being stolen from various temples, oddly in places which are being or have been visited by Ishwar. Some politicians looking to gain out of this try to blame the theft on him. Ishar in confidence tells the media that if the government doesn’t act on finding the idols within 15 days, he will resign from his post. Before he could do this, some of his party members decided to bring him down by framing a corruption case on him. Satakshi Ganguly (Mahie Gill), a CBI officer, is assigned for the job where she seeks help from  Assistant Commissioner of Police Abhay Singh (Jisshu Sengupta). As a part of her investigation, she decides to interrogate an IAS officer Chanchal Chauhan (Bhumi Pednekar) who has worked with Ishwar for years. Chanchal is also in jail at the time for the murder of her fiancé Shakti (Karan Kapadia), who is also Abhay’s brother. As the investigation is top secret they decide to interrogate her in a remote location, hence they zero in on Durgamati Haveli, who may know to be haunted by the ghost of Queen Durgamati. They fail to get any information out of her in the course of the interrogation. At night, the officers stationed at the site retreat to their hub while Chanchal is asked to reside in the bungalow all alone. This is when eerie things start happening inside. Chanchal complains but the cops are not allowed to go inside to help her. The investigations continue in the day while at night, Chanchal continues to get attacked by a ghost and eventually is taken over by the ghost of Durgamati. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

For a Supernatural Thriller, the film is more funny than scary. Scenes that are supposed to scare you, unintentionally end up making you laugh. On paper it’s a great idea but the final product that has come out is evidently terrible. The flaws start with writing and the flaws keep adding on. The execution of the film being the nail in the coffin. Some scenes are indeed very gripping but the story and the maker don’t take time to make sure you loosen your grip and are disappointed once again. The film’s pacing is also a bit off and the film is consistently inconsistent.

Technically, the film is okay. The cinematography by Kuldeep Mamania is quite good but the quality dips a little in a few scenes. Editing by Unnikrishnan Payoor Parameswaran is good but you wonder if he could have done more about the film’s pacing, although something could have been done about the film’s runtime for sure. The production design is fantastic. Costumes are good. The writing is bad. The background music is fitting for a horror film but the impact wasn’t the same because of the poor story. Only one song in the film which is fine.

Performances in the film were good. We have seen several strong performances by Bhumi Pednekar in the past and this definitely is not one of her bests. Though she gives her everything for the role, her poorly written character lets her down, as seems to be the case with most of the characters. Arshad Warsi handles his part to the best of his abilities. Mahie Gill gives an impressive performance. Jisshu Sengupta is dependable. Karan Kapadia does well, The rest of the cast offer able support.

Director and writer Ashok G doesn’t help his film at all. He fails to execute his poorly written film as per expectations.

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