By Arré Bench Dec. 11, 2020
While initially Durgamati: The Myth seems like a straightforward horror movie, the story ends up going far beyond a traditional bhoot-bangla scarefest.
The weekend is here and the latest release to get excited about is Durgamati: The Myth – a highly anticipated horror offering that has just launched on Amazon Prime Video.
The star cast of Durgamati is not to be sneezed at. Taking over the lead role is the extremely capable Bhumi Pednekar, as disgraced IAS officer Chanchal Chauhan, who finds herself caught up in a criminal conspiracy. Top politician Ishwar Prasad, who is Chanchal’s former employer, is essayed by Arshad Warsi, while Mahie Gill plays Satakshi Ganguly, a CBI officer who is investigating the mysterious affair of idols disappearing from temples across the country as well as her suspicions about Ishwar Prasad’s corruption. Jisshu Sengupta is particularly earnest as ACP Abhay Singh, a police officer who is not only in charge of Chanchal’s arrest, but is also her brother-in-law.
This is just the first example we see of the various twists and turns that reveal themselves through the course of Durgamati. While initially it seems like a straightforward horror movie, the story ends up going far beyond a traditional bhoot-bangla scarefest. Through flashbacks, we see that Chanchal is in prison for murder, although the exact circumstances are not clear in the beginning. Other characters are also divided as to what Chanchal’s actual crime was, creating suspense that leaves us biting our nails.
By the end, we learn that Durgamati, with all its many genres and storylines, can hardly be called a horror movie at all.
But the plot thickens when Chanchal is taken to an old and allegedly haunted haveli for questioning in Satakshi’s CBI investigation. As the disappearing idols are ancient and valuable, it’s of the utmost importance to recover them and figure out who is behind the thefts. Chanchal becomes implicated due to her association with Ishwar Prasad. Pednekar makes us feel Chanchal’s despair and hopelessness when everyone is ranged against her.
As Chanchal unravels while locked up in the haveli, she apparently becomes possessed with the spirit of Queen Durgamati, its former inhabitant who is a dark legend among the people of the village. She goes from being self-assured and stoic to behaving terrifyingly crazy, and we slowly learn that everything is not what it seems. From the haunting, to Ishwar Prasad and Shakti, to the fraternal drama with ACP Singh, and even Chanchal herself, the big reveals keep building up until the film’s climax. By the end, we learn that Durgamati, with all its many genres and storylines, can hardly be called a horror movie at all.
Instead, there are elements of a family saga, a rural drama, and a political thriller that culminates in the exposure of a shocking conspiracy. Most surprising of all is the real reason behind Chanchal’s arrest. It truly will leave you guessing until the end, and you will find that there’s something for everyone in Durgamati, including those who are not horror enthusiasts. Check out Durgamati for a fresh experience and an entertaining weekend watch that’ll be on the top of your mind much after the show is over.