Maatr movie review: This Raveena Tandon film is jaw-droppingly horrifying

Maatr movie review: Crass, cringe-inducing and downright sordid, this Raveena Tandon rape-and-revenge thriller makes you ask just one question -- who writes this stuff?

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: April 22, 2017 2:20 am
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Maatr movie cast: Raveena Tandon, Divya Jagdale, Madhur Mittal, Alisha Khan, Anurag Arora, Rushad Rana
Maatr movie director:  Ashtar Sayed
Maatr star rating: 1.5 stars

This rape-and-revenge thriller plays it strictly by the numbers: the heinous crime (involving the gang rape of a mother and daughter), the aftermath (involving unhelpful officers of the law) , the wounded woman picking up the cudgels and going after the perpetrators. The roll-out is as formulaic as they come, and sometimes that can be okay too, but a film like this needs to be deeply sensitive and alert to lift the sordidness of the material. Maatr fails on this score from the first frame, with its improbable plot-points, and relentless crassness: I cringed from beginning to end.

In fact, much of it is jaw-droppingly horrifying. A cop, observing the scene of the crime says: ‘PM desh ko shape karne ki baat kar rahe hain, aur yeh rape ki baat kar rahi hai’. Seriously? Who writes these lines?

There’ve been countless films made on this theme, which tie in standard strands of police procedural — crime thriller — rape-revenge fantasy, and we’ve come away from them disturbed, in the right way, to see how naked power and aggression can slam the victims to the ground, their legitimate pain never being acknowledged or addressed.

Those involved in creating a woman like Vidya Chauhan (Raveena Tandon) who rises from the ashes to hunt out the gang of rapists — a politician’s loutish son (Madhur Mittal) and his hangers-on who operate from a Delhi farmhouse — should have been careful of what they were stepping into. Especially when you are setting the film in the Capital, which hasn’t forgotten that brutalised girl in the bus, on that December night.

And that extends to the leading lady, a Bollywood veteran, a woman with privilege, and a likeable actor who has a respectable CV: Tandon’s ‘zakhmi aurat’ is the result of good intentions marred by thoughtless execution.

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First Published on: April 22, 2017 1:01 am
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    PARKASH CHANDRA
    Apr 21, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    logout. you have disrespected me? Regards.
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      Saurabh T
      Apr 21, 2017 at 2:25 pm
      Edited - I hope someday a movie on false rape cases is also made. In India, as per NCRB statistics close to 75 percent cases results in acquittal and as per DCW around 53 percent rape cases registered in Delhi were false.
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        Saurabh T
        Apr 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm
        I hope someday a movie on false rape cases is also made. In India, as per NCRB statistics close to 75 cases results in acquittal and as per DCW around 53 rape cases registered in Delhi were false.
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          Saurabh T
          Apr 21, 2017 at 2:23 pm
          I hope someday a movie on false rape cases is also made. In India, as per NCRB statistics close to 75 cases results in acquittal and as per DCW around 53 rape cases registered in Delhi were false.
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            Gowdam
            Apr 21, 2017 at 12:56 pm
            Are you writing such a bad review because Raveena Tondon has been vocal against leftists?
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              Deepak Suryavanshi
              Apr 21, 2017 at 12:14 pm
              Why are you ashamed to accept the reality about RAPE? Country don’t need to forget Delhi rape Case..We should be glad that these movies gives a wakeup call to all citizens who always have time to criticize Law, Government or police & have ample amount of time do a Candle march but not to raise voice against this HIDIOUS act. As a writer..don’t always try to create waves by posting illogical articles. Be responsible and try to appreciate someone’s hard work.. PS - when rape happens they do not sing poem or good night songs to the Victim..more harsh action and words are used that the dialogue u have hilighted in your article.
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                PARKASH CHANDRA
                Apr 21, 2017 at 12:12 pm
                MAATR: Thank Entertainment who has brought picture of "Madam Raveena Tandon" after a long period of time? May God Bless you. Regards
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