Mastram (transl. Easy-going person) is 2014 Indian Hindi-language fictional biography film directed by Akhilesh Jaiswal, and starring Rahul Bagga and Tara Alisha Berry. The film is about an aspiring litterateur turning into an initially reluctant finally full-fledged pornographic writer, is inspired by the anonymous author of popular pulp fiction and sex stories in Hindi, only known as Mastram. These books sold at railway station stalls and small roadside and pavement shops in North India through the 1980s and 90s. Jaiswal makes his directorial debut with the film.
The film also marks the debut of actress Tara Alisha Berry.
The film features rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh’s Gujarati Single “Achko Machko” and is also the theme song of the movie’s trailer which was released on 14 Feb 2014 by Bohra Bros on YouTube.
The film premiered at Mumbai Film Festival in October 2013, ahead of its theatrical release on 9 May 2014.
Rajaram (Rahul Bagga), a small town bank clerk who dreams of travelling to Delhi and becoming a reputed writer. His literature aspirations are supported by none except his naive wife Renu (Tara-Alisha Berry). He leaves his job to become a full-time writer, but cannot find a publisher for his book. One publisher agrees only if he would add sensational elements or masala to his dull tale. He is unable to decode masala until he meets Chacha, an eccentric, old village idiot who shows him the spicier side of life. He adopts the pseudonym of Mastram and churns out his publicly taboo novel series, which becomes a best selling book. He gets successful however all credits are attributed to Mastram not Rajaram.
Rahul Bagga as Rajaram
Tara Alisha Berry as Renu
Istiyak Khan as Rajaram’s friend
Aakash Dahiya as Young Guy at printing press
Aishwarya Mehta as Bhabhi (Maakhan’s wife)