Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Movie Review: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (LSD)

Contributed by ~ Niilesh A Raje

Dibakar Banerjee’s film Love Sex Aur Dhokha (LSD) reminds me of a popular adage attributed to the bestselling author and stand-up comedian "Jeffrey Foxworthy" nicknamed as Jeff Foxworthy. Jeff quotes "Getting married for sex is like buying a 747 for the free peanuts". So, if one is going to watch LSD for witnessing the act of sex, it’s a stupid discussion. Let our curiosity not drive us to do something that can leave the audiences despond and dejected.

Well known film director and screenwriter Dibakar Banerjee got the reputation for being the winner of National Film Awards for both his films Khosla Ka Ghosla and Abhay Deol starrer Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! As he continues his voyage of discovery his third film Love Sex Aur Dhokha (LSD) released recently deals with voyeurism in modern-day society based upon the idea that relates to the infamous DPS MMS scandal.

With easy access to malls, multiplexes and mobile phones we are under the constant influence of camera trying to monitor each one of us. What intrigues is the fact what happens to these footages? The central theme of LSD narrates three stories showcased by usage of three different cameras.

First story relates to a student studying for his diploma in film making using student camera. Rahul who is working on his project begins filming a love story and soon falls in love with his heroine Shruti and elopes. Security camera is seen covering the second story concerned with a 24 hour departmental store. Adarsh in the second story has planned to earn money through the porn-clip he shoots from the confinement of the departmental store. The last story is a sting operation covered skillfully using journalist’s sting camera. Naina in the third story is assured by Loki Local, a Hip Hop Pop Star to work for a music video. Based on the platform of trust she spent a night with him for the purpose of the music video only. However, the music video is finally taken by Russian Blonde. Sting journalist Prabhat and Naina finally decide to do a sting operation using the journalist sting camera. In each of the above stories the medium is the same camera so is the output an invasion of privacy.

Screenplay is by Dibakar Banerjee and Kanu Behl. Music by Sneha Khanwalkar. Movie is produced by ALT Entertainment and Priya Sreedharan. Star cast includes Anshuman Jha (Rahul), Shruti (Shruti), Raj Kumar Yadav (Adarsh), Neha Chauhan (Rashmi), Amit Sial (Prabhat), Arya Devdutta (Naina) and Herry Tangri (Loki Local). Good work carried out by Dop(Nikos Andritsakis) and editing (Namrata Rao).

In a nutshell, LSD tries to zero in on the influence of technology and how it could result as an invasion of privacy in our life. Love can be little of foolishness but sex shouldn’t be one’s curiosity else it can only dilute the central message of the movie.

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