- Critic's Rating - 7.0/107/10
An unearthly looking Anushka Shetty repeatedly hammering a nail through her own palm…this glimpse from Bhaagamathie’s trailer is enough to send chills down your spine. While the trailer gave the impression of a gory, “The Exorcist” kind of a supernatural flick, G. Ashok’s Bhaagamathie unveils itself as a political mystery drama engulfed in the elements of horror/psychological thriller.
Bhaagamathie is the story of an IAS officer, Chanchala (Anushka Shetty) who is accused of killing her fiance(Unni Mukundan) and thus is serving her term in prison. The story unfolds when Chanchala is summoned by the CBI to reveal certain ‘truth’ about the honest and highly revered irrigation minister( Jayaram). What follows next is a whirlwind journey, where temples, priceless antique idols, innocent villagers, conspiracy, dirty politics and above all an ancient folktale of an all powerful queen is involved.
There are certain horror films, which despite of a strong and intelligent storyline, indulges themselves in unnecessary CGI, jump scares, cheesy comedy and above all over the top acting.
Apart from the sharp storyline, Anushka Shetty’s presence was the other saving grace for Bhaagamathie. Anushka totally owns this movie. An honest IAS officer, a helpless prisoner to an arrogant queen…Anushka effortlessly personates each and every shade of her character. After evincing her true mettle with roles like Arundhati and Devsena, Anushka yet again proves that she can single handedly turn a mediocre film to a box-office smash. Regardless of its shortcomings, Bhaagamathie can be a decent one time watch, as it scores high on the surprise element. So give it a try for the story’s unpredictability and the lovely Anushka Shetty!