The film was not much promoted, but with respect to its 3 P’s – promo, protagonist and plot, the film had decent expectations among the moviegoers. Let us see how well did the makers have succeeded in making their audience happy!
Vidya’s (Raveena Tandon) happy-go-lucky life turns totally upside down when she and her daughter, Tia (Alisha Khan), were abducted and gang-raped by Chief Minister’s son Apurva Malik (Madhur Mittal) and others. While Vidya somehow survives, her daughter succumbs to the injuries. After the death of her daughter and being abandoned by her husband, Vidya gets one more shock where justice being denied by the law and favours the ‘so-called’ powerful political people. She now takes things on her own hand and walks on the road of revenge. Now how she takes that, along with fighting against all odds, forms the crux of the story.
Writing and Direction
Written by Michael Pellico and directed by Ashtar Sayed, the movie is being projected as a revenge-thriller, and who doesn’t get entertain while seeing such kind of movie. However, with a controversial topic of rape having its backdrop, the makers have somehow successfully given a sheer darkness and grim treatment of the subject. But what starts off as a powerful movie soon gets fizzle out in the end. I believe that probably a more experienced director would have narrated well this revenge drama. Furthermore, some of the characters were very poorly written, for example Vidya’s husband. Thank god, his scenes were few.
The first 15-minutes is riveting, gripping and the most unnerving experience I’ve ever had while watching a film in a long time, where it establishes that heinous crime on which the film’s drama is being built. However, Maatr’s final 15-minutes seem like a terrible mismatch, where the editing turns into a mess and the climax turns out to be a little too convenient. In addition, the climax is not-so-impressive and looks straight out from some 80s movie. Well, this final 15-minute simply robs the overall rightful impact of ‘Maatr’.
The first half of the film is well-crafted and narrated, but when the second half, especially the climax, director Ashtar Sayed and his team drops the ball. Maatr goes from terrific to terribly wrong. However, the setup, the build-up and the reasons that lead up to a regular school teacher turning to violence are all logical and well thought out. Also, most of the murders that she plans out are engaging. But the logic goes out for a toss when she plans out to kill the main boss.
The film tends to get melodramatic at times but is saved by the performances. Raveena Tandon surely makes an impressive comeback with this movie. Even though ‘Maatr’ drops down with respect to its execution and narration, but Raveena’s performance somehow saves the overall movie. She is outstandingly dark and the strength of her character’s revenge is shown by means of effortlessness. In short, Raveena showcases both pain and remorseless aggression with ease.
She is backed by Madhur Mittal as disgust Apurva Malik, who makes sure you have nothing but sheer full of hatred for his character, right from the first scene till the very last. Being quite experienced and impressive in his Hollywood films, he once again marks his presence here in the company of his powerful act. In fact, he is one of the major reasons for you to stick throughout the film.
Rest of the actors like Divya Jagdale as Ritu (Vidya’s friend), Anurag Arora as Inspector Jayant Shroff, and others supported well.
Music and Other Technicalities
There is only one song in the movie, which was not as such required for the story to progress. While Cinematography gave a realistic feel, the editing gets rough, especially during the climax. Rest of the technicalities were alright.
So is it a Paisa-Vasool film? Well, if you want to see a decent revenge-drama with some excellent performances, then go watch it! Otherwise, wait for it to come in a television.
Rating: 2.5 Stars