Let us just get straight to the movie’s story and then we’ll break down the other aspects of the film because we have nothing better to start off with after watching this revenge caper.
Set in Delhi, (infamously known as the rape capital of India) the movie begins with a rich-guy’s house party scene where drinks, drugs and sex is no biggie. So, the owner of the house, Apoorv who has got both money and power, which you can easily figure out by the looks of the party; gets a call to attend an Annual Day function of a school with his father.
Cut to, scene of a graphic narrative of Ramayana in the function by Tia. Tia is Vidya Chouhan’s (Raveena Tandon) daughter who wins the first prize in the competition and comes in the eye of Apoorv. While Tia and Vidya head back home, they meet a planned accident, thanks to taking a ‘wrong turn’. They are kidnapped and taken to his house. There, both of them are raped and Tia dies. They are then thrown to an isolated area by his friends thinking that both of them are dead. But, somehow Vidya survives this horrific incident.
Now, when the police comes to know that the son of the state Chief Minister has done this dreadful deed; they simply back off in a hush-hush manner and when confronted, they provide Vidya and her friend Ritu (Divya Jagdale) with vague reasons like ‘victim’s testimony is not enough’ which we found simply bizarre.
But, in hints they tell them, “madam, kuch nahi ho sakta is case ka (nothing can happen in this case).
Finally one fine day, she finds one of the seven culprits and hence, begins her joust for justice.
Okay Ashtar Sayed , when you decide to make a movie on such a hard-hitting and tricky subject like rape, you need to make sure that it delivers the actual message. You majorly missed out on dialogues which should’ve been the prominent aspect of the film. Lines like, “Baap waha shave kar raha hai aur beta yaha rape kar raha hai” don’t work at all with the audience. Overall, you need to work on your direction-skills a bit more. Still, you managed to maintain the unpredictability factor throughout the film, thanks to the story-writer, Michael Pellico for that!
Talking about performances, Raveena Tandon has acted well, till the time she doesn’t speak. Trying to convey her emotions only through her expressions, we can say it was a decent film for a comeback as compared to others (Karisma Kapoor).
Divya Jagdale and Anurag Arora (the policeman) did a pretty good job in holding the film together. Also, Madhur Mittal in the negative character of a spoilt brat was a good choice for the film.
Technically speaking, the cinematography was the only good aspect of the movie. With a variety of shots put together, Hari Vendantam captured the story well through his lens. Editing by Manoj Magarr should have been a bit crisper so that it could hold our interests because the whole film seemed really drab.
Background score and the music of the film didn’t add much to the story and it was simply below average.
iKarmik says, Maatr is one such film where the revenge-drama by Raveena Tandon seemed convincing but simply not-exciting and it failed to put us on the edge of our seats like it was supposed to. Save yourself from the 2 hours of absolute boredom and plan something better in this weekend. If you want to watch something really hard-hitting on this subject, try the Hollywood cult flick ‘I Spit On Your Grave’.