Gajraj Rao’s Thai Massage movie is mildly relaxing, moderately racy, but disappointingly mediocre.
Even if Thai Massage suffers from performance anxiety in key moments, Gajraj Rao’s performance is endearing.
Thai Massage, the comedy drama directed by Mangesh Hadawale, may be the most dubious advertisement for Thai tourism since The Hangover Part II.
However, despite the fact that Thailand is not portrayed in a bad light in the film — in fact, it seems comfortable with its slightly saucy image — it’s more disorientating when the film itself cannot decide how to portray itself.
When you thought Thai Massage couldn’t pivot anymore, it pivots into an adventure film about living your best life. It begins as a Baghban-style melodrama, builds into a small-town comedy, and then shifts into a fish-out-of-water farce.
Amaram Dubey, an elderly widower who has trouble getting an erection, is played by Gajraj Rao.
Due to the fact that the movie takes place in Ujjain, where everyone knows everyone, Atmaram cannot hire a sex worker in his home town, so he secretly travels to Thailand to experience the culture there.
During one portion of the film, Atmaram tells his two disapproving sons about his adventures, with a subplot about his attempt to cure his erectile dysfunction through trial and error.
Atmaram touches down in Bangkok, however, and the movie comes into its own.
The fact is that Atmaram had never travelled outside of his district, let alone out of the country.
While the first half of Thai Massage offers little to write home about, the second half provides more of the same, although more purposefully.
Atmaram strikes up a genuine friendship with a carefree young Russian woman, but the resolution of this arc is thoroughly unsatisfying, just like the movie’s attempts to unravel his troubled relationship with his sons.
As Atmaram’s Russian friend Rita, Alina Zasobina is also worth mentioning.
An Indian man, Atmaram, finds her presence empowering, as her presence empowers him to express himself freely.
As a film that includes a rapping cab driver with dreadlocks, it is surprisingly restrained in not magically transforming Atmaram into someone else at the end.
The sudden fascination Ali has with sex continues with Thai massage.
While Thai Massage shares some similarities with Dr Arora’s Gupt Rog Visheshagya, it is characterized by a more delicate touch (despite the feelings of being trampled by a burly man).
In Sharmaji Namkeen, an Indian middle-class man’s late-in-life emancipation is told in a far more engaging fashion.
You could do worse at home than Thai massage, which isn’t worth a trip to the movies.
Alina Zasobina, Gajraj Rao, Divyendu, Sunny Hinduja, Rajpal Yadav, Mangesh Hadawale are the stars of Thai Massage.
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