Complete movie review of ‘Maatr’
Star Cast: Raveena Tandon, Divya Jagdale, Madhur Mittal, Alisha Khan, Anurag Arora, Rushad Rana
Director: Ashtar Sayed
Producer: Michael Pellico
“Maatr” which means Mother in English is a rape-revenge thriller that deals with the issue of increasing number of rapes in India. Film marks the return of one of the top stars of 90s, Raveena Tandon, who was last seen in a cameo appearance in “Bombay Velvet”.
Story of the movie:
An idealistic Delhi school teacher Vidya Chauhan, played by Raveena Tandon, lives a strained personal life. Though she loves her daughter, her equation with her husband is far from cordial. While trying her best to deal with the world with a smile, she and her daughter are gangraped. To make matters worse, the chief minister’s son is among the culprits.
The investigative officer Shroff (Anurag Arora) buckles under pressure, and does his best to brush the case under the carpet. However, he underestimates Vidya’s anger who is now out for revenge.
Direction of the film:
The film’s direction, dialogues are amazing. The director has given special attention to both outdoor and indoor photography, and the shooting in real locations makes it more refreshing. The film’s cinematography is also very interesting. However, its story is quite weak.Because of this, screenplay could have been better. Also, logic could also be kept good. The issue is good but the story could be more strong.
Raveena Tandon is fairly average as a rape survivor and a warrior mother Vidya. There are scenes where her pain becomes real for once, but then it cuts to illogical gym sequences trivialising her sufferings. The diva must have done Nation Award winning worth performances, but “Maatr” isn’t one of them.
Madhur Mittal as loathing Apurva Malik is the villain of the story and the only above average actor in the film. He makes you hate him from the first scene if that is what the director wanted the audience to feel.
Divya Jagdale as Ritu (Vidya’s friend) and Anurag Arora as Inspector Jayant Shroff are again average, with few scenes so cringe-worthy that you just don’t want to hear the monotonous dialogue delivery of the actors.
Music of the film:
The background score of the movie is good. There is only one song in the film, that occurs twice and it was so not required.
“Maatr” disappoints on many levels despite being a relevant film. A veteran or experienced director would’ve turned it into a masterpiece as it had all the element of a hard-hitting, entertaining crime-drama thriller.
What I liked most about her revenge driven avatar was the fact that she didn’t overnight turn into a butt-kicker, even during the act of vigilantism, she was still a grieving mother and her fist fights were not well choreographed but rather messy which gave the film the realistic feel. The cinematography too helps the film get a realistic feel.
This movie is based on the issue and if you like this kind of movie then you can definitely see it.