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Thai Massage: Aatmaram Dubey is a respected widower of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, and is set to celebrate his 70th birthday in just two days. As the family gets ready for the celebration of his birthday They uncover a dark unspoken story of his travels in Thailand. Was it just to indulge in sexual pleasure or is there more to it than is apparent?
Thai Massage Review:
Life can get lonely for seniors and even more so when their spouse dies. They often aren’t allowed to indulge in pleasures — particularly sexual — and are required to lead a secluded life and, in the best case, committed to God. By focusing on Aatmaram Dubey (Gajraj Rao) the film attempts to emphasize this fact and to show that age doesn’t have anything to do with a desire for sexual pleasure.
The highly-acclaimed septuagenarian suffers the loss of his wife after dedicating all of his time to her over over 22 years while she battles paralysis. Feeling lonely and depressed when he discovers that he could suffer from Erectile dysfunction (ED) and could have difficulty being able enjoy the pleasures of life and desires, he decides to end his life. However, a stranger of a younger age, Santulan (Divyendu Sharma), is able to convince him that Santulan has a solution to any problem. This is the beginning of a story about wanting to satisfy that leads Aatmaram back to Bangkok with Santulan’s assistance.
The plot may remind us of his earlier release, Badhai Ho in which the family believes it’s not appropriate for seniors having children, or have sex. Because it’s about pleasure for the body Aatmaram’s behavior is more sinister when he’s in the Thai massage. In highlighting his character as a moral man, the film shows our tendency to think of with respectability and abstinence.
Although the idea and the thought process are admirable and the director Mangesh Hadawle conveys the essence of a small town that is sleepy, Ujjain, and its residents’ mindset but the film does not have the grit. With more than 122 minutes the story is drawn out and lagging, and it falls in the quirk quotient films of this kind possess. There are a few humorous scenes. Aatmaram’s neighbor spots his watching a porn video since he’s not sure how to shut off the computer and his grandson is blamed for the incident. The journey of his flight to Bangkok as well as the exchange with his fellow passenger will bring laughter.
The final segment takes viewers to Bangkok where the city is shown stunningly, particularly the Phuket’s Khao Sok Lake, where Aatmaram travels with an attractive woman Russian blogger.
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The Gajraj show has once more impressed by his impeccable performance in comical or emotional moments. Divyendu performs well also, but his character is not fully developed. He doesn’t appear to be a sly person as well as his motive or motivation for helping Aatmaram seems absurd. Santulan receives the old-timer’s passport, a mobile phone and a girl to “boom boom” but claims it’s a joke, while the latter seems to be promoting the latter. Rajpal Yadav makes a cameo appearance that is meant to be humorous however it is a complete waste of time and doesn’t move the plot forward in any way.
Thai Massage has some touching moments, such as when Aatmaram offers a reason to his son, or talks about his first wife and the relationship he had with the Russian traveler. While it is enjoyable in a few instances the film is not awe-inspiring.
Perhaps the most shady advertisement of Thai tourist attractions ever since The Hangover Part II, director Mangesh Hadawale’s comedy Thai Massage creates a somewhat confusing picture of the popular tourist destination. The non-committal style seems to have had an effect on the film too.
One side of the coin, Hadawale argues that all you’ve heard about Thailand as a hotbed for crime and degeneracy is correct however, on the other He behaves as if he who just received an enormous tax cut from government officials from the Thai government. The truth is somewhere in between it is what one might think. While there’s nothing that’s wrong with the way Thailand is depicted within the movie — in fact Thailand seems to enjoy its somewhat sexually attractive image, it’s more confusing when the film itself is unable to determine what image of it would like to display to the world.
In various stages, Thai Massage is a baghban-style melodrama. It’s also a small- comedy, a fish-out of-water farce and, then, just when you thought it wouldn’t change the film is an adventure about living the best life you can. It’s difficult in any movie, much less one directed by Imtiaz Ali.
Gajraj Rao plays the old widower Atmaram Dubey, who finds out the next day that she’s had difficulties having an sexual erection. In addition to his sorrow it irritates him enough that he tries to jump off of a bridge in the middle of the night. He’s taken off the ledge by a lout in the form of a young man performed by Divyendu and who assures him there’s nothing they cannot solve together.
Atmaram lets out his feelings and they devise an idea for a game plan. Naturally, they won’t get the services of a sex-shop worker in his hometown -The film is set in Ujjain in the first place and where it appears that everyone have a connection to everyone. And being influenced by his new acquaintance, Atmaram decides to travel in secret to Thailand and take part in the local tradition. It’s a joke, he wants to perform ‘boom Boom’.
However, this occurs after the interval that can cause you to (rightfully) be curious about what the film did in over the next one hour or so. It’s impossible to overstate the fact that it essentially takes up everyone’s time, not just its own. It has a smug, gloomy frame that has Atmaram telling his tale before his two sons who aren’t impressed as well as a subplot that focuses on the trial-and-error method used by Atmaram to cure his Erectile dysfunction. However, the film really becomes a hit when Atmaram arrives in Bangkok.
He meets two interesting people, who become his friends in this new and exotic land. Atmaram You must recall that Atmaram was never outside of his home area or even the country. After a slow first half that provides nothing to be proud of, Thai Massage, in its second act… is similar content however more purposefully. There’s a fascinating subplot that involves an unassuming young Russian girl with whom Atmaram develops a real friendship, however the conclusion of this storyline is insatiable, much like the film’s efforts to decode the complicated relationship between Atmaram and his sons. However, you must hand it to Hadawale even though he’s throwing the ball around frequently The juggling does not end.
Rao however, is really great as the main character and puts his unique mark on a character who struggles with years of conditioning while he is exploring new ideas, connects with new people, and goes through life-changing experiences. A worthy shout-out is Alina Zasobina who plays the role of Atmaram’s Russian acquaintance Rita. She awakens a part of Atmaram and her presence allows him to be himself, which is a completely foreign idea to him as being an Indian man. The film is a success, in that the film doesn’t miraculously change Atmaram into a completely different person in the final scene, which is surprising for a film that features a rapping taxi driver who wears Dreadlocks.
Thai Massage is the latest film to show Ali’s sudden fascination with sexuality. Ali’s transformation as a filmmaker is rather jarring to observe, given his long-standing habit of observing women in his films not as romantic potential female partners with his main male characters however, they are primarily characters within video games and whose primary task is to guide the protagonist towards the correct direction. In many ways Ali’s career change is more bizarre than Anubhav Sinha’s”political awakening” or the He Who Must Not be Named’s messiah stage. In contrast to Dr. Arora: Gupt Rog Visheshagya and the fact that there are a lot of similarities, Thai Massage has a more gentle feel (even when it can feel like being trampled by a slender man).
A much more enlightened version of the same story , the middle-class Indian man’s emancipation at the end of his lifeit was presented in the charming Sharmaji Namkeen earlier in the year. Thai Massage may not merit an excursion to the cinemas however you could be more at home.