Voyeurism is reality of society: Director Dibakar Banerjee

March 11th, 2010 - 9:38 am ICT by IANS  

Ekta Kapoor By Joginder Tuteja
Mumbai, March 11 (IANS) A Bengali by birth but a Delhi boy at heart, director Dibakar Banerjee claims voyeurism is what society finds itself trapped in. And he is trying to bring out this reality through his bold film “Love, Sex Aur Dhoka” (LSD).

“You look at the world around you and you would see how the camera is playing such a major role in our lives,” Banerjee, who has earlier made “Khosla Ka Ghosla” and “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!”, told IANS.

“You may be on camera by intent or you may be completely oblivious to your actions being captured. But the fact remains that howsoever hard you may try, you can’t fight technology. Voyeurism is what the whole society finds itself trapped in and this is the reality that I wish to bring through my film.”

A digital film with a hidden camera playing a character by itself, “Love, Sex Aur Dhokha” features a bunch of newcomers with no mainstream trappings to it. Also, sex and voyeurism form a major driving force of the narrative of the film, which releases March 19.

“You may not like to believe it, but the fact is that sex does find itself being used as a tool by many to get ahead in life and be famous. One act and you may just earn yourself those 15 minutes of fame on TV. No wonder we have things like private phone or video conversations, hidden films and sting operations fetching so many eyeballs year after year…Come on guys, let’s face it rather than running away from it,” he said.

Banerjee is also risking alienating some people from watching the film because of its bold title and the message it sends out.

“Well, what’s wrong in that after all? If you don’t like the title and think that it may not have the content that would be appropriate for you, then don’t watch ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhokha’, simple. I know there is an audience waiting for the film and it is that segment which wants to call a spade a spade. In any case, the film isn’t designed for those who wish to escape from the realities of life,” the director said.

It is this reality factor that is said to be the USP of “Love, Sex Aur Dhokha”, a co-production of Ekta Kapoor-Shobha Kapoor and Priya Sreedharan, the executive producer of “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!”.

While many would be uncomfortable with the idea of a film like this being made, Banerjee continues to ooze confidence.

“Don’t worry about me. I am prepared for all the feedback coming my way. Whenever someone attempts something entirely different, there are questions raised. I am happy to have made a film like ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhokha’, which is bound to lead to a healthy debate. I am sure the next few weeks are going to be a lot of fun,” he said.

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