Maatr Reviews External Critics

Glamsham.com
By Vishal Verma (1.5/5)

Starring Raveena Tandon in lead, this pervasively tacky and uneven revenge drama about a brutal gang rape of a mother and her teenage daughter In Delhi just pretends that it has something positive to say on the subject but remains content to be just another film that exploits the horror, trauma of rape victims in the name of womanhood and motherhood for an unconvincing, hurried and struggling piece of escapist cinema.

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MovieTalkies.com
By Jaidev Hemmady (2.5/5)

Set in New Delhi, Maatr revolves around mother-daughter duo Vidya Chauhan (Raveena) and Tia, who are abducted and gang raped by Apoorva Malik (Madhur Mittal) and his bunch of pals one night while Vidya is returning with her daughter from a school function. When Tia loses her life in the assault and justice seems elusive as Apoorva is the son of the Chief Minister, Vidya decides to take matters in her own hand and embarks on a bloody journey of vengeance while trying to stay a step ahead of the local cops.

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Ndtv.com
By Saibal Chatterjee (1.5/5)

Little is likely to come out of Raveena's comeback role no matter how heavy-duty the wounded woman persona might sound on paper. She certainly isn't to blame for the film's pulpy quality. Despite being saddled with a sketchily written character, the veteran actress gives the role her best shot. Sadly, her best simply isn't good enough to salvage this annoyingly egregious film.A little more than a decade and a half ago, in Kalpana Lajmi's Daman, Raveena was a timorous, if screechy, victim of domestic violence (a performance that controversially fetched her a National Award). In Maatr, helpless victimhood is replaced by murderous rage. But all the intensity that she brings to bear upon this outing is completely misdirected.

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Intoday.in
By Suhani Singh (1.5/5)

Not Without My Daughter, Taken, The Brave One are just some of the Hollywood thrillers that come to mind when sitting through Maatr, a revenge drama, in which a traumatised mother takes the law into her own hands and tracks down the killers. But writer Michael Pellico throws in Indian references to in the Mahabharata and the brutal gangrape which is reminiscent of the Nirbhaya case. For all its grittiness, Maatr is barely able to skim the surface of a woman's paranoia unlike Pink, another drama about sexual assault which is set in the capital.

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Bollywoodlife.com
By Gaurang Chauhan (2.5/5)

Vidya's (Raveena Tandon) life turns upside down when she and her daughter, Tia (Alisha Khan) are abducted and gang-raped by Chief Minister's son Apurva Malik (Madhur Mittal), his uncle and five of his friends. After the death of her daughter, being abandoned by her husband and being subjected to an unfair treatment by law, she decides to take things in her own hands and walks down the path of vengeance.

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Koimoi.com
By Surabhi Redkar (2.5/5)

Vidya Chauhan (Raveena Tandon) is a school teacher based in Delhi. After getting late at her daughter, Tia's annual function, Vidya is driving home with her daughter. To avoid a traffic jam, she takes a different route and is further hit by a car that's been following her.Vidya and her daughter get gang raped by a bunch of boys, who are led by the CM's son, Apurva Malik (Madhur Mittal). Her daughter dies in this mishap and husband blames her for it.

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Deccanchronicle.com
By Rohit Bhatnagar (3/5)

'Neerja', 'Akira', 'Begum Jaan', 'Anaarkali of Aarah', so many female centric stories in the past one year...and seems like, along with the Indian filmmakers, the audience is ready to see heroic tales of women and 'Maatr' is one of them too.Director Ashtar Sayed's debut film, 'Maatr', is an eye-opener of sorts in today's misogynistic society where preconceived notions about how women should carry themselves still exist. Starring Raveena Tandon, this film primarily revolves around the menacing issue of gang rape set rightly in the heart of Delhi, an Indian state that is most notorious for abuse against women.

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Rediff.com
By Sukanya Verma (2/5)

There's a tendency among films about crime against women to garner respectability by championing a cause that demands urgent attention and action. But in the absence of artistic merit, they have as much influence as slogan-bearing tees.Kind of what goes wrong with Ashtar Sayed's Maatr while chronicling the vengeance spree of a woman (Raveena Tandon) after she and her 12-year-old daughter are abducted and sexually attacked by a politician's wanton son (Madhur Mittal) and his equally nefarious cronies.

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Hindustan Times
By Rohit Vats (2/5)

When a top politician refers to Raveena Tandon's character and says, "Aurat hai... kya kar legi (She's a woman... what can she do?)," we know he will soon have to eat his words. After all, Maatr is one of those films that wants to cash in on the robust trend of 'women-oriented' films in Bollywood. But mere dialogues can't save a weak story, and that becomes evident within minutes.

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The Times Of India
By Meena Iyer (3/5)

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.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (1.5/5)

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, the wounded woman picking up the cudgels and going after the perpetrators. The roll-out of Maatr 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 on, with its improbable plot-points, and the crassness which seeps through: I cringed from beginning to end.

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