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Movie Review: 'Mastram' is for masti seekers

‘Mastram’ has masti, masala, but little depth
By Nikhil Kumar
Fri, May 09, 2014 13:19:23 GMT

Movie Review: 'Mastram' is for masti seekers
The ApunKaChoice movie review of Mastram. Way back in the 1980s, when there was no internet with its unrestricted access to porn and there were no adult magazines on roadside stalls, there was Mastram the erotic fiction writer catering to the fantasies of the hormonally charged youths. This film is fictionalized account of that obscure writer who wrote under a pseudonym and spawned the pulp erotica of the type today’s generation don’t know of.

The kind of raunchy literature that flowed out of Mastram’s pen would even make one chuckle today. Sample this. A voluptuous female’s assets are described as “Sangmarmar ke do gumbad” and an arousal is explained as “kaamnayo ka naag funn failaye khada ho gaya”. There’s a lot of talk of ‘yauvan ka ras’, ‘kaamnayo ki baarish’: all of it in chaste Hindi that sounds funnier than titillating.

Set in Himachal of the 80s, the film Mastram tells the story of Rajaram (Rahul Bagga), a bored bank employee who wants to make a mark as a writer of serious fiction. But his first book ‘Mann Ki Vilochana’ is trashed by publishers for want of ‘masala’. So our Rajaram tweaks his style, sprinkles a little too much masala, and pens an erotic story that works on the publisher like a runaway dose of Viagra. Voila! Rajaram becomes a bestselling porn writer, albeit with the pseudonym Mastram and pens the stuff that answers the wet dreams of libidinous youths.

'Mastram' starts off on a slow note but that’s a mere foreplay for what’s in store when our hero becomes a porn writer. His erotic writings are visually depicted on the screen and backed by a voiceover. Are these episodes hot? That depends much on what floats your boat, but they are indeed a refreshing insight into the pulpy soft porn literature that was up for grabs before the internet made life easier.

Trouble begins when the film goes into loop mode of dishing out one erotic episode after another. Fine for masti-seekers, but galling for those looking for more than just cleavage depth in the story.

Actor Rahul Bagga does well as Mastram and is amply supported by the likes of Tara Alisha Berry and Akash Dahiya.

Director Akhilesh Jaiswal, who wrote ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ for Anurag Kashyap, makes a creditable directorial debut but fails to penetrate deeper into the psyche governed by libido.

'Mastram' is a superficially smutty, pulpy adult movie with all strings attached. There’s no overt exposure or explicit make-out sessions to send the carnally famished into raptures of ecstasy. The episodes are exciting, but within limits. So buckle your pants and keep your expectations under control.

Rating: **1/2
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