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Mastram Review

Mastram Rating: 2.25/5 

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site: Star World
But instead of a layered film that explores Mastaram’s peculiar predicament, debutant director Akhilesh Jaiswal creates a curiously inert narrative. There are so many ideas here about writing, s**ual desire, fantasy, hypocrisy, the artist in the marketplace but they remain unexplored. Mastram is an opportunity lost. I’m going with two stars.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site: Times Of India (TOI)
Jaiswal's premise is different and daring; he bares the hypocrisies of a society that shames, silences and devours s** - all in the same breath (ahh!). Even the typography of the title symbolizes a male organ, but the film is far from pornographic. It's about the psyche and dilemma of a writer torn apart between art and erotica. The problem is the storytelling that's languid and uninventive for a subject so explorative. The story lacks stamina, and the background music drags the plot. The film that had a lot of potential, but what's missing is the 'woh wali baat'.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Prasanna Zore Site:Rediff
The 98-minute film moves at a languid pace for the first 30 minutes. Then Rajaram becomes Mastram and brings in the much-needed s**ual energy into the proceedings, which sadly is the only selling point of the film. Bagga, as both Rajaram and Mastram, is a mixed bag of emotions. In some scenes he succeeds in bringing about the nuances of a novelist who writes porn to earn money. In others, he looks lost and unconvincing. Director Jaiswal, who wrote Gangs of Wasseypur, seems unable to make up his mind as to how to firmly hold the narrative.The result then is a film that fails to make you feel good.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
The re-creation of an era, and why this series became so successful, which could have lent the film some heft, is wholly missing from the story. Those dying to watch ‘porn’ on the big screen – both the curious young ‘uns and the nostalgic middle-aged fans – will be disappointed. Better to access cached page views of Savita Bhabhi instead.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Prajakta Hebbar Site:CNN IBN
The film will disappoint those who go to see it in the hopes of catching a lot of 'action', for there are no explicit scenes in the films. However, many hilariously salacious dialogues and uncomfortable-yet-funny situations revolving around adolescent readers will provide enough masala. As it is an 'imagined biography' of the writer, we were left with the nagging thought that the writer of 'Mastram' had not made him as intriguing, mysterious and naughty as one might have hoped. As Mastram might himself have put it, "Kamukhta ke rass ki thodi kami reh gayi".
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
It is a risky film that arouses and amazes with its unique and unusual story. With writer’s block prevailing as a persistent problem, here’s a story that isn’t even remotely heard of. Mastram is a film that must definitely not be missed. It is a indulgent tale which makes for quite an unconventional watch. Requiring its audiences to remain consistently emotionally invested in the film, the narrative is alluring and fiddles with the s**ual repression that is ingrained in the Indian psyche with the hypocrisy that plays an accomplice.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Nandini Ramnath Site:livemint
For Jaiswal, the very fact that he has peeked under the sheets and found a much-thumbed copy of a Mastram novel there is satisfying enough. No surprises into the nature of Indian s**ual desire disturb Rajaram’s orderly journey, and Bagga’s limp performance makes the character even less interesting. There are only moments of the frisson that characterises humankind’s fascination with the verboten, conveyed more through Mastram’s language than the visuals of open-mouthed women waiting to spill out of their clothes at the slightest provocation
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  1. The movie Mastram is directed by Akhilesh Jaiswal, having the main leads including Rahul Bagga, Akash Dahiya and Tara Alisha Berry. Mastram is an exciting story about one writer who lives with virtually no work; however, later he finds his destiny in making money through writing erotica. Read more

    A satisfying session, far from being an orgasmic delight! [3/5]

    The fact that I belong to Uttar Pradesh, the dregs of North India and the very same time zone; there can’t be any possible chance of denial that I might not know about these hugely popular & highly erotic writing materials, openly available at all book stores at crowded state bus-stations and local newspaper vendors under a fictional handle-name of Mastram. I never really bothered much about who’s the man behind and what force could drive him to enter this very exploitable yet offensive sector till Akhilesh Jaiswal’s fictional biography MASTRAM came into limelight.

    A small town writer from Himachal Pradesh dreams to make it big as a novel-writer in big cities like Delhi. He definitely is aware of the consequences of being a writer so doesn’t want to get into married life but soon he’s told about the girl being a typical housewife material who can cook lip-smacking mutton, he agrees. Now, this is the era where most publishers are only interested in printing study materials and not some boring ‘shuddh Hindi’ literature. Rajaram- our protagonist is forced to look out for some ‘masaaledar’ addition to his stories, often explained by people around as sex. And, thus Rajaram turns into Mastram- an unknown iconic writer of soft-porn novels!

    Many would look at it with expectations to be a pornographic movie that would tickle mostly the lower part of human body but the writer-director Jaiswal boldly decides to focus on the writer’s catch-22 situation while changing gears from one kind to a completely different, the pain of losing opportunity to be known and famous and also the categorical expansion that creates competition in his self-claimed province. Film also talks; if not in volumes, in suggestions for sure, about the hypocrisy of the two-faced society. People, who read him the most, start disgusting him in the same measure after his identity comes out in light.

    The real hero of MASTRAM besides the fascinating concept is Mukesh Chhabra- the casting director of the film. This man does magic with his strong sense in reading the characters and finding out talents that can carry it more than what is written, briefed or expected. Though Rahul Bagga as Rajaram is very recluse, reserved and restricted for the most part, it’s the supporting cast that outshines everyone else in the crew. Debutante Tara-alisha Berry as his charming wife, Akash Dhaiya with his publisher partner and Istiyak Khan as his best friend are outstanding.

    With aesthetically shot intimate sequences, hilariously erotic dialogues on the likes of the original Mastram bestsellers, nicely built plot and believable performances, if MASTRAM couldn’t take a deserving leap from being just watchable, it is only because it lacks more layers to the story with time and again getting repetitive especially with the episodic visualizations of erotic stories he pens down.

    Overall, it is an entertaining effort to bring the legend of Indian soft-porn back on screen. Watch it to relive the era or to get a brief intro to this yesteryear’s guilty pleasure if you haven’t been fortunate enough to enjoy till date. Do not expect orgasmic pleasure but a satisfying experience is guaranteed! [3/5]


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