Maatr Review by Meena Iyer on The Times Of India
Delhi, where this film is based is often referred to as the rape capital of India. And the film’s sole intention is to serve as a wake-up call for the atrocities against women. So you applaud the intention. However, the film itself is over-dramatized account of the heinous crime and what follows.
Maatr Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
If you thought you have seen it all from Raveena Tandon, think again. She pumps in so much life into the film that it is her performance that steals the show. Her screen presence, her personality, the way she projects her character, her facial expressions are top notch. Turning your eyes elsewhere will be criminal when she is on screen in the film. Kudos to Madhur Mittal, the antagonist, who makes you feel disgusted throughout, that’s the beauty of his villainous character. Not undermining the efforts of other talents who make the film, as a whole, a very gratifying watch. Divya Jagdale, Anurag Arora, Alisha Khan were too good in their respective roles. They deliver a power packed performance in crucial scenes of the film.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
The writer director are the culprit for not giving the character of Vidya those moments of power and dominance that are so necessary in such format, Vidya’s transformation is pale and all is left on the acting abilities of Raveena Tandon to recharge this dying script on women empowerment. Maatr (also means just) a couple of scenes and Raveena Tandon’s earnest attempt are the only positives, rest the movie fails to deliver on the other essential fronts.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Long after you exit the screen after watching this film, what stays with you are a pair of eyes belonging to the lead. The distraught they project when they stare at the assailants who force themselves on her daughter could tear you apart. And while this gaze is tunneled, as this person is herself being gagged with a gunny bag and violated by several, it is one that unblinkingly looks on. Clearly, Maatr is not for the mild-hearted or the lily-livered and is a revenge thriller that keeps you hooked for a large part of its runtime.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
The film is being touted as Raveena’s comeback vehicle and we must say that the lady has put in a powerful and hard-hitting performance. Madhur Mittal too deserves kudos for effectively playing the baddie, though his character comes across as too caricaturist at times (just because he is the spoilt son of a corrupt minister, he is forever shown smoking and drinking or pawing his molls). The rest of the cast has performed decently. As far as the film plot goes, everyone loves a good old vengeance drama and there is something about the genre, which makes the Indian audience forget logic and root for the good guy and this is exactly what has happened with Maatr. The makers of the film have decided to sacrifice logic for the sake of melodrama, which may prove to be the film’s undoing.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Raveena Tandon is earnest as a mother who turns into an avenging angel. She looks great for someone who has stayed away from the silver screen for years. That said, the role she has to play in this movie is so melodramatic, it borders on ridiculousness.
Review by Gaurang Chauhan on Bollywood Life
A film works well when, in order to counter a strong hero, you have an equally strong, if not better, villain. Madhur Mittal as loathing Apurva Malik, makes sure you have nothing but sheer hatred for his character from the first scene till the very last. Madhur has acted in quite a few Hollywood films like Slumdog Millionaire and Million Dollar Arm and his menacing turn as rapist cum murderer is sure to get his character the brickbats and his performance the bouquets. I was bowled over by his performance. He is, in fact, the major reason you are engrossed in the film, if at all. Shoutout to the actors who played his friends and creepy uncle.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
The vile wrongdoers in Maatr, led by Apoorva Malik (Madhur Mittal of Slumdog Millionaire and Million Dollar Arm), son 0f the Delhi chief minister (Shailendra Goyal), receive their comeuppance in deservedly painful circumstances. But that doesn’t help matters at all. The film is so crudely melodramatic and ludicrously simplistic that none of the principal characters registers his or her presence firmly enough. The manner in which the screenplay approaches the inter-personal relationships between them is even more casual.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
In a performance marked by amazing maturity and restraint, the actress conveys the dark, brooding and internal process of recuperating from grief and finding closure.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
While Sayed banks on Raveena to completely shock his audience, he fails to back her up with a good screenplay. More than a woman on a mission, Raveena appears like the female version of Sunil Shetty from Mohra, with less swag at that.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
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.
Review by Sameeksha on News18
Talking about the performances, 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. 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. 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. The only, truly authentic character in the film is a guard who appears onscreen for 5 mins and reminds you of all your real encounters with these blue shirt wearers.
Review by Suhani Singh on India Today
Maatr despite the gravity of the theme is a subpar drama. The film would have been more effective if the mawkish, flashback-heavy songs were skipped. Maatr is a missed opportunity to make a powerful statement against India’s poor track record in dispensing justice and tackling violence against women. Revenge is a dish best served cold; in Maatr it’s crass and oddly flat too.
Review by Gaurang Chauhan on DNA India
Despite its flaws, Maatr deserves a viewing as films like these are the need of the hour as it creates a world where justice is served someway or the other.
Review by Indiaglitz
Director Ashtar Sayed narrated a vengeance based story in total hard-hitting format. The styling and the treatment remind you of the Korean based vengeance films. He narrates the film in a sleek and realistic manner.
Review by IANS on Sify
In an author-backed role, which is touted to be her come-back film, Raveena with her steely hauteur is utterly arresting in this provocative film. She exercises restraint, exudes an eerie calmness and yet injects fresh blood to her persona. This is clearly a performance no other actor in her age bracket could have pulled off with such ease. Even though her character is wounded, her spirited performance, though flaunted with faulty and excessive make-up, emerges as a compelling element in the film.
Review by Letty Mariam Abraham on Mid-Day India
Raveena and Madhur play their parts convincingly, but fail to salvage the film with their earnest performances. Divya Jagdale, who plays Raveena’s best friend, was over-the-top and somehow didn’t fit in well. Anurag Arora as Inspector Akhil didn’t have a definite side — good or bad. However, he did a fairly good job.
Review by Bollyspice on Subhash K Jha
Tragically Raveena’s central performance is unaided by her co-actors. Talented actors like Divya Jagdale (playing Raveena’s best friend and confidante) and Rushad Rana (playing her husband) are annoying in their shadowy snapchat avatars. The climax with the worst computer-generated explosion seen in any films, also leaves us embarrassed and exhausted.
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