Cast: Raveena Tandon, Alisha Khan, Madhur Mittal
Director: Ashtar Sayed
Producers: Michael Pellico
Writer: Michael Pellico
What's Yay: Raveena Tandon
What's Nay: The 'vigilante' Raveena seeks
revenge from her wrongdoers so easily in the film, that it doesn't
come across as convincing. The background score too hinders the
narrative at times. Minus points for the feeble writing.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Iconic Moment: The scene
where Raveena's eyes project the distraught as
they witness the assailants force themselves on her daughter.
The stare further leaves a chilling impact as she herself is
gagged with a gunny bag and being violated by others.
Things go horribly wrong when one night, Vidya Chauhan (Raveena
Tandon) and her daughter Tia (Alisha Khan) are returning home from
the latter's school annual day function. To avoid the crazy traffic
jam, Vidya goes off the route but ends up getting abducted by a
bunch of lousy guys. Soon the mother-daughter duo find
themselves waking up on the floor of a deserted farmhouse only to
be gangraped by their abductors. Tia succumbs to the abuse but
Vidya survives the atrocious act. She recognizes one of her
wrongdoers as Apurva Malik (Madhur Mittal) who happens to be the
son of a big-shot politician.
With a crumbling marriage and an insenstive husband who holds
her responsible for the tragedy which resulted from a 'wrong
turn', her sole support system is her close friend Ritu (Divya
Jagdale). Finally on being failed by the law, Vidya
decides to avenge her loss and goes on a revenge-killing
spree. Will justice be finally be delivered to a grieving
Ashter Sayad picks up a relevant subject in today's times when
it comes to story-telling. A look at the statistics related to
rape cases in India proves that the gruesome act still continues to
haunt several homes.
Maatr is well-intentioned but lacks sincerity when it comes to
execution. The plot consists of several loop-holes and even makes
way for some melodrama at times. Few may find the blood and gory
indigestible. The dialogues ain't gripping enough to leave an
impact. Further, Raveena bumps off her offenders one by one in
a way where logic seems to be tossed out of the window. The final
act of justice seems contrived only to make you feel 'finally
Raveena Tandon makes a smashing comeback as a rape victim and a
grieving mother hell-bent on seeking revenge. Right from pain,
angst, loath to sorrow, the actress displays her acting prowess by
getting these emotions evoked in you. She is in a top form and even
her silence speaks volume.
Madhur Mittal known for films like 'Slumdog Millionaire' and
'Million Dollar Arm' packs in the correct amount of evilness in
this revenge saga. You end up hating his character Apoorva right
from the first frame.
The rest of the cast comprising of Alisha Khan, Divya Jagdale,
Rushaad Rana and Anurag Arora lend good support.
The film falters in the second half with lazy writing and
illogical reasoning as the directors seems to be in a hurry to
deliver justice to his protagonist and put an end to her
The editing seems to be a bit choppy at places..However, the
cinematography goes well with the narrative.
The film lacks any scope for music. Zindagi Ae Zindagi by Rahat
Fateh Ali Khan is the only track in the film and makes up for a
decent hear. Unfortunately the background score weighs down the
narrative and breaks the flow in a couple of places.
Maatr is watchable solely for Raveena Tandon's shining
performance as a wronged woman who doesn't mind staining her hands
with the blood of her perpetrators who inflicted her with a
life-scarring incident. It scores high on intention but
unfortunately falls short of being a hard-hitting film