Durgamati: The Myth Reviews (Top Critics)

FilmFare
By Devesh Sharma (2.5/5)

Durgamati, a remake of the Anushka Shetty starrer South film Bhaagamathie was much hyped as a new-age horror film. Alas, the claim falls flat as there isn't one instance where you feel the tiniest amount of horror ever. In fact, the film's attempt at both horror and comedy fall flat. The film is actually a revenge drama. And given the premise, it would have worked nicely if the director had gone about his business in a straightforward manner.

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Rediff.com
By Sukanya Verma (1.5/5)

In Chachi 420, Kamal Haasan creates an on-the-spot alter ego named Laxmi Godbole inspired by a bunch of billboard ads while talking to someone in a phone booth. Can you imagine the yarns he'd weave from inside a mythology strewn spooky palace? If anyone ever wondered, writer and director Ashok's revenge horror, first released in Tamil and Telugu as Bhaagamathie and now remade in Hindi as Durgamati for Amazon Prime Video has the answers.

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Filmcompanion.in
By Anupama Chopra

My big takeaway from Durgamati was Kakorrhaphiophobia, which means the fear of failure. I had never heard the word before. In the film, it's used by a psychiatrist who solemnly declares that this might be the issue with Chanchal, an IAS officer who seems to be possessed by the ghost of a long-dead queen. Chanchal is attacking people around her - including the psychiatrist who she raises off the ground by holding his throat.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (1.5/5)

Deep in the jungles, there lies a 'haunted haveli', where the locals fear to tread. A woman is kept captive within its mouldering confines. Who is she? Who are the people questioning her? What is her crime? And is there really a vengeful 'bhoot' floating about in that haveli?

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BollywoodHungama.com
By Bollywood Hungama (2.5/5)

DURGAMATI is the story of an imprisoned IAS officer being interrogated in a haunted house. A state in India witnesses several robberies of priceless idols from various temples. A minister of the ruling party, Ishwar Prasad (Arshad Warsi), wins hearts of people by claiming that if the government fails to retrieve the idols within 15 days, he'll quit politics forever. His party members are stunned with his promise.

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Hindustan Times
By Rohan Naahar

The mere thought of watching another Hindi remake of a south film is scarier than anything that Durgamati could possibly offer. But, for what it is worth, the new Amazon original is certainly funnier than all the Housefull films combined. How did they think we'd react to a shot of a voodoo tray that appears to contain a fistful of Haldiram's Aloo Bhujia, or an unbelievable moment in which one character blows a raspberry at another in the middle of a supposedly scary scene?

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The Times Of India
By Pallabi Dey Purkayastha (2.5/5)

IAS officer Chanchal Chauhan (Bhumi Pednekar) was just a few days shy of being married to social activist Shakti Singh (Karan Kapadia) when tragedy struck. Chauhan is behind bars for brutally murdering her fianc. In a not-so-distant world, Minister of Water Resources, Ishwar Prasad (Arshad Warsi), is on CBI's radar for the mysterious disappearance of multiple idols from renowned ancient temples.

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Firstpost.com
By Anna M.M. Vetticad (1.5/5)

Anushka Shetty has a formidable screen presence to rival some of the world's best. Her fans would argue that Bhumi Pednekar is no match for her, but I humbly disagree. Pednekar may not have had the opportunity so far to play characters as larger than life as Shetty's most famous roles, but with films like Dum Laiga Ke Haisha, Saand Ki Aankh and even her supporting role in Sonchiriya, she has proved that given a good director and script, she is capable of capturing viewer attention and hearts.

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Ndtv.com
By Saibal Chatterjee (1/5)

A ghost story that wends its way into a ghastly rural myth constitutes the crux of Durgamati - The Myth, a remake by writer-director Ashok of his own 2018 Telugu film Bhaagamathi. It begs the question: why? Wasn't it bad enough that the film was made in the first place that it had to be remade?

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Scroll.in
By Nandini Ramnath

Ashok's Durgamati: The Myth is a faithful remake of his Telugu hit Bhaagamathie (2018). The horror-tinged thriller channels the spirit of the Malayalam blockbuster Manichithrathazhu but borrows its big idea from a cult Hollywood film whose name shall remain a secret.

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Koimoi.com
By Umesh Punwani (2/5)

In a too abrupt start, we see a certain village getting attacked by a group of people. Cut to Ishwar Prasad (Arshad Warsi), Minister of Water Resources, is seen addressing the media over the issue of stolen antiques from the ancient temples. He promises to quit politics if the government fails to track down the people behind this.

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