March 11, 2010

'Love Sex Aur Dhokha will leave you shocked'

Dibakar Banerjee loves to pull the rug from under us.

He did it in Khosla Ka Ghosla and yet again in Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. And now the unconventional director is back again with the provacatively titled, Love Sex Aur Dhokha slated for March 19.

The movie deals with love, sex and betrayal in small towns in India shown through handycams, hidden cameras, CCTVs and mobile cameras. Given the bold subject matter and scintillating promos showing lots of nudity, it's not surprising that the movie is generating a lot of buzz.

From Khosla Ka Ghosla to Oye Lucky Lucky Oye and now to Love Sex Aur Dhokha. You seem to love experimenting with films. Why such a shift?

Why not? I was a different person when I made Khosla Ka Ghosla in 2006 and a different person now. You grow and change. I get bored of doing the same thing over and over again. I want to do something different every time.

But running through the different themes of my films you will find a common element. This film is about two things: One, the line between what is private and public. There is so much happening around us today that makes me feel that the line between private and public is very blurred.

I ask myself, what is it that makes us consume these things about someone else's life without knowing that person. This thought intrigues me.

Secondly, how the presence of a camera -- a digital handycam in this case -- changes things. People say that a camera records the truth. But I think a camera changes the truth. I believe that the presence of a camera actually changes the events in a person's life.

These two things are the reason why I am making Love Sex Aur Dhokha.

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Pardesi said...

TARAN reviews Love Sex aur Dhokha - 4/5 stars!!!

Dibakar makes an attempt to tell you that there's no privacy in today's age, courtesy cell phones, spy cams, sting operations and MMS. Technology is not just a boon, but also a bane and the film reiterates this fact.

Final word? LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA signifies the changing face of Hindi cinema. Ekta Kapoor's first foray into experimental cinema has all it takes to be a cult film that might just trigger off a new trend in Bollywood. It's courageous, disturbing and yet entertaining!

Story I: In a film institute in North India, a student gears up for his diploma film. With an amateur small-town cast, Rahul starts filming a love story and eventually falls in love with his heroine Shruti. They elope, get married and dream of a blissful future.

Story II: Adarsh installs security cameras in a small, upcoming 24-hour department store. In desperate need of cash to clear off his debts, Adarsh hits upon the idea of making a porn clip through the security cameras in the shop. The victim? Rashmi, who works in the store.

Story III: Prabhat -- a sting journalist -- attempts a series of failed suicides. He meets Naina, who is also trying to commit suicide. She had been promised a music video by Loki Local, a Hip Hop pop star. She slept with him for the same, but the video finally went to a Russian blonde. Prabhat and Naina decide to do a sting operation.
Director Dibakar Banerjee has a unique sensibility and a keen eye for the unconventional. His choice of subject and decision to shoot the film on a digital format needs to be lauded and also the intertwining of the three stories. LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA is sure to shake you. It's provocative and steamy, but it's scandalous and startling as well.

There's just one song in the narrative -- the title track -- which is already popular thanks to its catchy tune and filming. The DoP [Nikos Andritsakis] does a splendid job. Seems like the film has been shot on a handycam, security cameras placed in shops, underwater cameras and spy cameras, which is, again, very innovative. Editing [Namrata Rao] is perfect.

There was a need for fresh faces in order to portray the realism and the performances of each and every member of the cast are superb. Anshuman Jha [as Rahul], Shruti [as Shruti], Raj Kumar Yadav [as Adarsh], Neha Chauhan [as Rashmi], Amit Sial [as Prabhat], Arya Devdutta [as Naina] and Herry Tangri [as Loki Local] are amazing actors all.

On the whole, LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA is original, innovative and ground-breaking cinema, which will shock and provoke you. The film is definitely not for the faint-hearted or those who swear by stereotypical fares, but for those who yearn for a change. The youth, especially in metros, should fall hook, line and sinker for this one. The volatile title as also the explosive content should make this low-cost film [budgeted at approx. Rs. 1.5 cr.] a commercial accomplishment!

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