MOVIES BOLLYWOOD MASTRAM
Mastram is a Bollywood Fictional Biography movie
directed by Akhilesh Jaiswal,Mukesh Chhabra.
Starring Kapil Dubey,Adil ali,Tara-Alisha Berry,Vinod Nahardih,Istiyak Khan,Aakash Dahiya.
Mastram Cast / Crew
PRODUCER:Sanjeev Singh Pal, Ajay Rai.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Gavemic Ary.
STORY WRITER:Akhilesh Jaiswal,Gunjan Saxena.
Mastram': Wistful look at a
porn-writer's life (Film Review by
Rating: *** )
Once upon a time, pornography was read in the loo, not seen on the internet. The
imagination soared. Just think of how much money a man could make in the 1970 or
1980s by penning porn for a drooling generation.
Unzip those inhibitions, will ya?
If in "Mastram", you expect a Boogie Nights kind of all-encompassing panoramic
peek-a-boob...sorry boo, at the porn industry, then you are in for an
anti-climax. "Mastram" chronicling the life-story of a man who would be kink
(y), is a sad, glum, wistful look at the life of litterateur who was persuaded
to give porn a chance, just to make ends meet.
Director Akhilesh Jaiswal lets the porn writer Rajaram, aka Mastram, played by
Rahul Bagga, grow within a space where sex is a synonym for survival. He must
write dirty books to make a living. In Guru Dutt's "Pyaasa", the poet Vijay
faced the same dilemma. Write pulp, or perish, he was told. Vijay preferred to
Rajaram is a product of consumerist culture. With creditors knocking down his
door, he chooses a life after debt.
For those expecting to see the rise and fall (and I don't mean that in any other
but the most physical sense) of a generation fed on porn, "Mastram" is not your
cup of tea. It never goes into the author's libidinous craft. It stays in his
mind, probes and punctuates the protagonist's perverse practice dispassionately.
There is a pronounced absence of frenzied excitement in the narrative. If seen
as a mating game, then "Mastram" is a lazy evening of half-hearted copulation.
We get to meet the man behind the orgasms. We feel the pain beneath the porn.
Director Akhilesh Jaiswal tears at the layers of titillation and touches the
pain and loneliness of an artiste compelled to sell sex when all he wants is to
write literary works.
Rahul Bagga plays Mastram with an an air of boyish curiosity and impassive
mystery. We never know what he is thinking maybe because he isn't thinking hard.
Could this man be faking his enthusiasm for erotica? We never touch the man's
soul but feel its presence in his life and specially in his bond with his wife,
played with understated grace by Tara Alisha.
Underscored by a sense of tragedy, "Mastram" brings a meditative melancholy to
the porn writer's life.