Raveena Tandon, who was last seen in a cameo appearance in Anurag Kashyap's 'Bombay Velvet' marked her comeback almost after two years with the film 'Maatr.' What thrills us is the choice of story which she choose to come back onscreen. A strong subject which talks about women safety and challenging the judiciary system at the same time is what the film boasts of.
The film is a story of Vidya Chauhan (Raveena Tandon) a school teacher and a mother of a young daughter Tia (Alisha Khan) who are gang raped in the rape capital of India, Delhi by the wayward son of the Chief Minister Apurva Malik (Madhur Mittal) and his group of friends. While Tia embraces death in the incident, it is Vidya who manages to survive. Her husband mourns the death of his daughter on one hand, but decides to part ways with Vidya at the same time as their marriage is already on rocks. Soon police investigation starts, but Vidya decides to adopt her own strategy to teach each one of them a lesson.With Ritu (Divya Jagdale) her best friend by her side, Raveena seeks justice for herself.
Raveena as Vidya Chauhan has emerged as the sole owner of the film. Obviously because it is her story to fight for justice. Nothing has been changed in context to her way of acting, active screen presence, beautiful expressions and perfect dialogue delivery. She binds the story with all these elements which makes it somehow interesting. Madhur Mittal as the antagonist is successful in delivering his character and disgusts you in every possible way while he is on screen. Alisha Khan and Divya Jagdale have acted as the perfect supporting cast.
'Maatr' is director Ashtar Sayed's debut film in Bollywood and kudos to the director to execute such a bold subject with so much ease. The screenplay though travels smoothly, but should have been made much crispier. The cinematography is good, as the bold scenes didn't look that vulgar anytime. But the amount of bloodshed Raveena has created leaves you to the conclusion that after all its a fiction film. Sadly there is only one song in the film 'Zindagi Zindagi' sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, but somehow his magic fails to impress the audience. Same goes with the background score of the film.
To sum up, the film is successful in getting close to the true incidents which happened, but would have been much better. Raveena's quintessential performance, bold yet sensitive subject and smooth flow of the storyline makes the film a onetime watch this weekend.