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Posted On : 21 Apr, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : New Delhi 
'Maatr' presents a harsh reality without any gloss: Raveena
Her latest "Maatr" is about a gang-rape incident and actress Raveena Tandon says the movie shows the plight of women in the country without any sugar-coating.

The revenge thriller has been directed by Ashtar Sayed and written by Michael Pellico.

Raveena says she and the makers of the movie were committed to stay true to the subject and wanted to steer clear from commercialising anything.

"I was waiting for a film like this where the director and me were on the same page. Things like these can't be commercialised. It is a film made with emotions, there are no club songs, no dances, no gloss.

"In our country, there is a rape happening at some place everyday. This film shows the harsh reality. There is no sugar-coating," Raveena told PTI during a visit here.

The actress says since films made on such subjects are often unrealistic, it is important to make movies that shock people so that they understand the ordeal of a victim.

"Somewhere because of the sugar-coating that is going on, people making films which are palatable, we become indifferent to it. Until and unless it shocks you, disturbs you, how do you start feeling the horror of what the victims go through? We think this can't happen to us. It happens to others but it is only coming close to home." 

Raveena says the increase in the number of rape cases show that the law and order system of the country is failing to protect the women and girls.

"Statistically, it is on the rise and it doesn't seem to come down. So, obviously there is some system that is failing to protect the girls and women in the country. Something needs to be done." 

"Maatr", which released today, shows a mother's fight for justice and how she takes matters in her own hands to seek revenge from the perpetrators.

Raveena says through the film, they are not trying to propagate people to take the law into their hands.

"We do not endorse anyone taking the law into their own hands. We don't advise that. But unfortunately, that has also started happening."

I have nothing left to prove: Raveena on career and comebacks

Having spend more than 25 years in the film industry, actress Raveena Tandon says she no longer worries about being in the rat race as she has nothing left to prove.

The 42-year-old actress says she is very content in her life now and chooses films on her whim like she did at the time of "Bombay Velvet".

"I have nothing left to prove. I am not in the rat race.

I have been there done that. I am not going to compete with these young kids. I am fine with my own space. I am content, I have a family and I am happy," Raveena told PTI during a visit here.

The actress, whose film "Maatr" released today, says at this stage of her career, she is looking for roles that give her a chance to explore something new and they need not be lead roles.

"I did 'Bombay Velvet' on a whim and the reviews were favourable. I jumped at the the chance to play a jazz singer something like Hollywood film 'Chicago'. I enjoyed it. I like to do work which I believe in. I may not do a full-fledged film but I may do such roles.

"I have reached that point where I can choose. I don't want that I have films releasing every Friday. I have reached that point where I am having fun and also want to do roles that challenge me." 

Raveena says she does not understand why the media keeps terming the films which she does after a gap of few years as a "comeback".

"I have made at least fifth or sixth comebacks. Honestly, the word comeback does not bother me. It is a cliched line and media keeps using it.

"According to them, 'Bombay Velvet' was my comeback, so was 'Bbuddah... Hoga Terra Baap', 'Shobhana 7 Nights', Onir's films and now they are also calling 'Maatr' my comeback. There is nothing more original left to say." 

When asked if post "Maatr", she will be doing more films, Raveena jokes she has worked so hard for the promotions of the film that she is ready to retire now.

"I did 'Maatr' after going through so many scripts. I wanted to do the film as I believed in it. But I think I am ready to retire again. I worked so hard for the promotions." 

Raveena may be best known for the Bollywood potboilers of the '90s but she has also starred in films like "Satta", "Shool" and "Daman".

She says she is happy to see the great roles that are being written for actresses today but has no regrets of not getting the opportunity at the height of her career.

"There is a right time for everything, everyone has a space to evolve. A lot of kids, who meet us today, say we wish we had music and songs like you did. Now people are making remixes of the songs. I don't think there is my time or their time. I believe this is a great time for women in Indian cinema.

"Women are getting so much more opportunities. But we have also done it, probably not that swiftly. Everything is very fast now and yes the money is great. We would do 30 films a year and these guys do one film a year and they are happy."