Maatr Movie Review: A Mediocre And Melodramatic Fare
It surely is raining women-centric films since the last few months at Bollywood. After the explosive Pink and the heart-wrenching Anaarkali of Aarah, we get to see another woman-centric flick Maatr, which seems suspiciously similar to another film Jaago, which had also starred Raveena. But does the film live up to the hype created by the trailer and the promos? Let's find out... Set in New Delhi, Maatr revolves around mother-daughter duo Vidya Chauhan (Raveena) and Tia, who are abducted and gang raped by Apoorva Malik (Madhur Mittal) and his bunch of pals one night while Vidya is returning with her daughter from a school function. When Tia loses her life in the assault and justice seems elusive as Apoorva is the son of the Chief Minister, Vidya decides to take matters in her own hand and embarks on a bloody journey of vengeance while trying to stay a step ahead of the local cops. Will Vidya manage to exact her revenge? Watch the film to find out… The film is being touted as Raveena’s comeback vehicle and we must say that the lady has put in a powerful and hard-hitting performance. Madhur Mittal too deserves kudos for effectively playing the baddie, though his character comes across as too caricaturist at times (just because he is the spoilt son of a corrupt minister, he is forever shown smoking and drinking or pawing his molls). The rest of the cast has performed decently. As far as the film plot goes, everyone loves a good old vengeance drama and there is something about the genre, which makes the Indian audience forget logic and root for the good guy and this is exactly what has happened with Maatr. The makers of the film have decided to sacrifice logic for the sake of melodrama, which may prove to be the film’s undoing. Vidya, who is a normal middle-class school teacher, transforms into a criminal mastermind overnight and seems miraculously equipped with the skills required to sabotage a bike or fit a silencer on a pistol or even smuggle a gun past a Chief Minister’s security personnel. The way Vidya goes about hunting and killing the perpetrators one by one, seems too easy and convenient to be real. In another scene, when Vidya is discharged from the hospital after her assault, her hair seems way too perfect for someone who has spent weeks in hospital following a brutal sexual assault. After undergoing such a big tragedy, Vidya doesn’t seem to have anyone around her except for a callous husband and a protective pal (where are all the relatives and well-wishers, who will obviously rally around at a time like this?). Another element which is quite jarring is the ‘in your face’ characterization and the dialogues. In one scene, the corrupt Chief Minister says, “What can she do? After all, she is a woman!”, a sentiment echoed by almost all the bad guys. (I mean, we get it that the antagonists are sexist pigs, but must everything be exaggerated to drive home the point?) The trailer of Maatr may promise a woman-centric revenge drama, but believe us, the film is quite mediocre overall.
Release Date : 21 April 2017
Director : Ashtar Sayed
Genre : Thriller