Script writer-turned-director Akhilesh Jaiswal’s controversial film Mastram has landed in trouble courtesy the saffron gang. Read on to know why this Hindi erotica has come under Shiv Sena’s radar
Mastram which a fictional biography of a Hindi pornographic writer is all set to hit the theatres next month. Touted as the first mainstream Hindi erotica film, the trailer and posters of Sunil Bohra’s upcoming production venture Mastram have created quite a stir. The much-talked about film looks promising but for now it has caught Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena’s attention. The party is miffed about the fact that the makers of Mastram have been promoting their film by putting up the film’s poster on BEST buses. While talking to leading tabloid, Akshay Bardapurkar, general secretary of Shiv Sena Chitrapat Sena said “It is one thing to offer an adult film star such as Sunny Leone a new lease of life in our film industry and another to use government machinery (read: BEST buses) to promote porn writing.”
Shiv Sena’s general secretary further added, “Recently, a student asked one of my friends, a school principal, about porn writing after seeing the film’s poster on a BEST bus. My friend then brought it to our notice. Now we have decided to take action against the medium that is being used to propagate porn. We also want to view the film before it is released, as we are quite upset about its alleged content as well.” That’s not all! Akshay Bardapurkar has even discussed this issue with BEST Chairman Arun Dudhwadkar as they want to take an immediate step against the film’s poster being promoted through public transport.
On the other hand, producer Sunil Bohra is unaware about the whole incident. He said to the tabloid, “I don’t know about Shiv Sena’s objection. Indian Motion Pictures’ Producers Association, (IMPPA) has already cleared my film’s posters. In fact, when our agency informed us about an objection to the line, ‘The legend of porn writing is back’, in the film’s poster, we immediately deleted the same as we didn’t want to hurt anyone’s sentiments.”