Movie Review: Love Sex Aur Dhoka (2010)

March 19th, 2010 - 7:23 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire  

Love Sex Aur Dhoka: An audacious attempt

Rating: 3 out of 5*

Starring: Anshuman Jha, Amit Sial, Neha Chauhan, Raj Kumar Yadav, Shruti, Arya and Herry Tengri

Director: Dibakar Bannerjee

You have definitely never seen anything as audaciously realistic as this before. Dibakar Bannerjee’s Love Sex Aur Dhoka aka LSD has three different stories each one distinctively shocking and disturbing and shot entirely with hand held camera on digital. All the three stories are some how co-related with each other. So what are they?

1. In a second rate film institute somewhere deep in the redneck hinterland of North India, a final year student gears up for his diploma film. In pristine tackiness, with an amateur small town cast, Rahul (Anshuman Jha) starts etching out the perennial themes of Great Star Studded Backlit Bollywood Love in his magnum opus…And then he falls in love with his heroine, Shruti and both end up eloping and getting married. What follows next forms the climax of this one.

2. Somewhere in the same city, Adarsh (Rajkumar) – the all knowing, tech savvy, never short of words, security camera agency exec – installs four security cameras in a small upcoming 24-hour departmental store franchise. Always floating bizarre scam ideas to get rich, Adarsh hits upon the idea of making a porn clip through the security cameras in the shop. He starts to woo Rashmi (Neha) – the plain, pimply, dark and quiet salesgirl – almost disinterested in her… when suddenly, a shootout happens in the store! Rashmi hares around, totally in charge, and saves a life. For the first time, Adarsh notices a woman in Rashmi!

3. In another corner of the city, Prabhat (Amit Sial) – a misogynist sting journalist – teeters on the brink of total meltdown. Going through a divorce, about to be fired from his job, he attempts a series of failed suicides… On one of them, he meets Naina (Arya) who is also trying to commit suicide – she had been promised a music video by Loki Local (Herry Tengri), India’s reigning Bhangra Hip Hop star… she slept with him for the same but the video finally went to a Russian blonde. Prabhat can see the sting right in front of his eyes! Prabhat and Naina come closer over a series of attempts to seduce, blackmail, threaten Loki. They plan the final sting where Loki will be caught on tape trying to buy footage of his indiscretions…

After having watched LSD, you may hate it or love it but cannot deny the fact that the maker has presented situations and characters that exist around us and have made headlines in newspapers or channels. Dibakar has taken everyday characters and etched them out well right from what they’re wearing to their body language and dialogue. There is a shock value to each of his story and you are left anticipating what twist will happen next and actually wish to stop it from happening. Despite being hand held and shaky on many accounts, cinematographer Nikos Andritsakis’s camera work presents the stories with a voyeuristic delight. But this may not go down well with everyone as not all wish to watch a film that has a half baked diploma film approach in its presentation. Some of its characters are endearing but the film certainly lacks depth as it relies more on form than actual content. But full marks to every single cast member right from Anshuman to Neha Chauhan to the girl who plays Neha’s colleague at the departmental stores to the actor playing Shruti’s father. All are simply excellent.

The music video number during the end rolling credits has a catchy tune whereas the much hyped Tu Gandi Achchi Lagti Hai is actually no great shakes.

LSD is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, a warning to those who are planning to venture into it for titillation or sex scenes, as those seeking it will be in for a disappointment on those counts.

-Sampurn Wire

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