Love, Sex aur Dhokha:
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Music Director: Sneha Khanwalkar
Movie Cast: Anshuman Jha, Shruti, Rajkumar Yaadav, Neha Chauhan, Amit Sial, Arya Devdutta, Herry Tangdi
Rating: 4 /5
Immediately after coming out of the theatre, a plethora of emotions hit you after watching LSD- you come out humming the title track and yet there is the innate disgust of how the vulnerability of a woman is taken advantage of.
Three stories, the looming presence of the camera at every point of our lives and alternating human behavior is the simplest way to describe this film. What the director aims to catch and actually does so very well is the complexity of human nature- rarely seen and shocking to say the least!
Each story is interlinked in different ways and yet they deal with different issues all together! And yet the acting in all three stories has been what one could call, perfect!
The first story is very conventional (girl-boy love, daddy’s the villain and the harsh consequences faced) but dealt with a comic twist and there lies the difference. The comedy works out to be quite a relief before the chilling night shot, which leaves you dazed.
It is the second story that in its simplicity really grabs the attention of the audience. It has been written with a lot of heart and enacted even more beautifully. Shot on a shop surveillance camera- it deals with love and the emotional baggage it brings along with it- jealousy, suspicion and the likes. The love that starts with a bet to create an MMS becomes real love and then a scandal. The sex scene is not meant to bring the normal wolf whistles from the crowds (although you still might get them when sitting in a single screen theatre!) but out of a different kind of passion- I would like to call it grievous passion! This story is where the impact is really felt and a beautiful piece of writing.
The third story deals with sting operations and spy cameras. The story revolves around a sting operation conducted by a near failure sting reporter and a “compromised” to-be-dancer by a famous pop star. It is the chemistry between the reporter and to- be- dancer that catches the eye, or rather the softness of it all. Another stand out is the acting of the dancer and the pop star, reflects the reality really well.
The director really catches the audiences with surprise with this movie- creates the right mood right through, the dialogues might sound harsh on the ear at times and yet they turn out to be comic. The camera is obviously an essential part of the film and it is able to bring out the tension in the film really well.
At the end of it all, the movie is very different from mainstream cinema in the way it’s been dealt with. The movie is really well made- bringing out a woman’s vulnerability, the multiple layers of a man’s psyche and leaves you with a question in your head-
What can you place your trust in without feeling the omnipresent fear of being betrayed?