A slew of celebrities were announced for the Durgamati cast, with actress Karishma Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, and Abhay Deol in the lead roles. But is Pednekar the right choice for the role? Let’s examine the actors’ performances. Does the role really call for the actress’ considerable talent? Or is Pednekar’s role underutilized?
The film is the remake of Bhaagmathie, a south Indian horror film, starring Bhumi Pednekar. The cast of Durgamati includes Mahie Gill and Ritesh Deshmukh, who play important roles in the film. Filming started on January 23, 2020, in Madhya Pradesh. The film is bankrolled by Bhushan Kumar, with Abundantia Entertainment and Cape of Good Films producing it.
Besides the mediocre acting, Durgamati’s production values are not laudable. Besides the slew of poorly acted extras, the spook effects are nothing to write home about. In addition, the film’s runtime has been extended by 18 minutes, which does little to elevate the quality of the film. As such, it will most likely find audiences on satellite and OTT services.
Despite the controversy surrounding the actress, the film will be very popular. Its production value is Rs30 crores, which is slightly higher than the original movie. The film will release on 11th December 2020. It stars Bhumi Pednekar as a possessed woman named Chanchal Chauhan. It also stars Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, and Vikram Malhotekar. With an impressive cast like that, the cast of Durgamati is sure to be a hit.
A mediocre remake of Bhagamathie, Durgamati lacks the tension and energy of the original. Its screenplay is uninspired and the direction is sloppy. The performances are sub-par and the film lacks focus on a single sub-theme. One actor is particularly bad, with a hamming performance. It’s hard to recommend this movie, which has some interesting plot elements, but lacks the chemistry to make them work.
If you’ve seen the original Bhaagamathie, you will probably enjoy the Hindi remake of the popular Telugu film. While the film has some predictable moments, it still has the atmospherics of a horror film. Despite its genre-blending approach, it’s hard to say if this film is any good or not. I suggest watching Bhaagamathie before seeing this one, if only for the subtitles. It’s worth a watch if you’re in the mood for a horror film, or if you’re in the mood for something a little different.