Gangs of Wasseypur writer Akhilesh Jaiswal is all set to make his directorial debut with film Mastram. The film is a story of a reluctant pornographic writer who actually aspired to be a litterateur.
Every adolescent and post-adolescent young male in North India has at one time or the other savoured the pornographic literature of Mastram,a pseudonym for India’s most successful Hindi porn writer who is now the subject of the film. Says Akhilesh,”Like all boys I also read Mastram’s books. I always used to wonder who this guy was. When I was visiting the smaller towns of North India for my research on Gangs of Wasseypur,I came across his books again. I discovered he still has a huge fan-following. That’s when I decided to make a film on Mastram’s life. No one knows if this man exists. I’ve made a fictional biography.”
Rahul Bagga,who played Kunal Kapoor’s brother in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana,plays the lead role. He says,”I am from North India. Naturally I grew up on a staple diet of Mastram’s books. Nowadays of course you get visual porn on the net. The written variety of porn has lost its edge. But now I find a lot of youngsters in North are re-discovering the joys of pornographic literature.”
Rahul asserts there’s nothing sleazy about the film about the porn king. “I’ve played Mastram as a guy with literary aspirations who wants to be Premchand but ends up being the lord of the lurid. But he never stops being a litterateur at heart.”
Adds Akhilesh,”Since no one has seen Mastram,we’ve visualized him as a literate humorous author who is forced by circumstances into penning pornography.”