Verdict: Raveena shines as a hero in this hard-hitting yet melodramatic film.
With a recent surge of women-centric films in Bollywood, Maatr comes as yet another blow to all those who believe that females are the weaker sex and that they can easily be taken for granted. Debutant director, Ashtar Sayed has successfully captured certain heart-wrenching scenes which leave you feeling anguished. Moreover, Raveena Tandon has emerged heroic in her “come-back” as a mother who solely seeks revenge for her daughter’s horrifying rape. Although the movie aims to being a wake-up call for the horrid atrocities faced by women in the country, it fails to make a much needed connect with the audience.
Vidya Chauhan (Raveena Tandon) is a teacher in a school based in Delhi, where unfortunate incidents of rape are on the rise. When Vidya and her daughter, Tia (Alisha Khan) are returning home from school after the annual function, they meet with a dreadful accident that involves the Chief Minister’s snooty and spoilt lad, Apurva Malik (Madhur Mittal). High on drugs and alcohol, Apurva and his friends gang-rape the two women and insensitively throw them on the lonely streets of the city. From thereon, begins the journey of revenge and vengeance. While Vidya is still trying to recover from the horrible incident, her stone-hearted husband decides to divorce her. However, that does not bog her spirit down and Vidya decides to fight her battle alone. Soon after she realizes that the law wasn’t going to be able to give her justice, she takes law in her hands and rights all the wrongs. The deeply scarred mother mercilessly plots the killing of all those involved in the heinous crime and emerges as a winner.
A Bollywood movie can not run well only because of some kick ass one liners, and you soon realize that after a few minutes into the movie. Although Raveena’s acting is flawless throughout the film, after watching her in powerful movies like Satta and Daman, we would want to see her in something much more than just a plain revengeful saga. The intention of the movie is indeed applause worthy, however, certain over dramatized events and a not-so-gripping story is where Maatr loses the game.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you have been in agony with the recent events that have taken place in the country and wish to watch a headstrong mother give it back to those atrocious rapists in the meanest way possible, Maatr is your best bet this weekend. Moreover, Raveena fans are definitely in for a treat.