MAATR IS RELEVANT BUT MAKES YOU QUEASY
Vidya Chauhan (Raveena), a school teacher and her teenage daughter Tia (Alisha) are raped, assaulted and dumped on the roadside. Tia succumbs to her injuries while Vidya survives. Since the police are dragging their feet all over the investigation, Vidya devises her own revenge strategy.
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.
Minutes into the movie, you see how a mother and daughter end up taking a wrong turn and unwittingly find themselves at the home of Apurva Malik (Madhur Mittal), the wayward son of a politician. High on substance, he and his gang of morally-depraved friends are ever ready to score. They rape and abuse Vidya and Tia in a brutal way, leaving you anguished. And, even before you can recover from the viciousness of it all, these two are flung from the car, onto the kerb in Nirbhaaya style, making you flinch further.
Obviously the idea is to get people out of their slumber but to achieve better results, the screenplay and characterization needed to be sharper. Instead it plays out like a drill. Mother is hospitalized. Her insensitive husband, mourns the loss of his daughter, but wants to divorce her. An artist friend, Ritu(Divya Jagdale) provides succour. And the police are stereotypes, who mouth ridiculous lines like, ``PM desh ko shape karne ki baat kar rahe hain, aur yeh rape ki baat kar rahi hai.’’
Next the mother, pulls off her bandages, steps on the treadmill and adorns the avenging angel avatar. Turn by turn, she plots the murders of the men who wronged her. Of course, because her suffering has been so deep, you empathize with her initially. However, her brand of vigilantism violence is equally disturbing.
Raveena is sincere as the victim who sullies her hands to get justice. But, the amount of bloodshed, leaves you asking, what is worse. Are the images of rape gorier, or is the bloodshed of the perpetrators of the crime, grosser?