One of the producers of Durgamati is credited as ‘Cape Of Good Hope’. Any hope of good cinema is dashed to the ground while viewing the trailer . Durgamati is loud screechy strident in tone and utterly bogus in intent. Worst of all it seems to shamelessly promote blind faith , with the heroine Chanchal Chauhan (Bhumi Pednekar looking as empowered as a village priestess called to exorcize a stubborn spirit) playing an imprisoned murder convict, transformed into some kind of a deified incarnation.
Who thinks of such nonsense in today’s day and age? Do the gold diggers who exploit the Indian craving for ghosts and supernatural experiences know how we look when films such as this, with the characters being tossed around by invisible forces, none more so than the director.
Come on. This is the 21st century .And we are still making film about ghosts and witches? The tone of narration seems as awful as in Laxmii the last excursion into eeriness that dampened and demonized our Diwali spirit. . We have barely gotten over that experience in occultism when this one shows up.
Durgamati is more weirdness than we can take.Everyone is seen hamming.Actors like Arshad Warsi(“Power of people far more important than people in power,” his politician character proclaims pompously ), Jisshu Sengupta(in a Khaki uniform trying to look self-important) and above all Bhumi Pednekar are seen behaving like actors in a schoolplay trying to be heard in the last row.Who acts like this is today’s day and age? Who makes such films? Most importantly, who watches them?