Written and Directed by G. Ashok, who also directed the original Telugu-Tamil version Bhaagamathie, Durgamati stars Bhumi Pednekar, Mahie Gill, and Arshad Warsi in lead roles.
In people's eyes, Ishwar Prasad (Arshad Warsi) is an honest politician whom other political leaders want to remove. The task to frame him in the case of stealing idols from temples goes to the CBI and, a mission to bring down the might of Ishwar begins. To grab him by his collars, the CBI team zeroes upon Chanchal Chauhan (Bhumi Pednekar), a former IAS officer serving a jail term for killing his husband. She also worked as the Secretary of the contentious politician for two consecutive terms making her an obvious choice of the investigating team to spill some beans on Ishwar's life.
With thrilling background music, the creative team of Durgamati succeeds in keeping the audiences' interest alive. With a well-executed screenplay, the director maintains the continuity of characters and overlapping stories. Night scenes are shot well, and the fiery atmosphere keeps the momentum going. Bhumi Pednekar shows her class and leads the cast with vigour and vitality. She evolves during the course of the film and fiercely stands tall amongst all. Mahie Gill does a fine job with her calm act and, Arshad Warsi, as always, shines like twilight. Everyone else is decent and manages to hold on to their respective roles.
What doesn't work?
Most importantly, the second half where expectable twists take centre stage and the film ends in the way you'd predicted. The element of surprise vanishes and, to somehow finish the movie just for its sake becomes the sole task for the viewer. And, also the wrap up doesn't justify the long duration of the film. Moreover, some of the open holes remain open despite ample time to justify their existence. Talking about fear, well, there's none unless your surroundings add on to it.
It could have been a great movie had the ending been different or hushed up twists were avoided but, even otherwise, it is watchable for once.