Monday, March 22, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Movie Review: Love Sex Aur Dhokha

Love Sex Aur Dhokha

The film, a set of three stories that intertwine, is remarkable in the
way it experiments with the digicam to create a novel, audacious
Namrata Joshi

Starring: Anshuman Jha, Shruti, Raj Kumar Yadav, Neha Chauhan, Amit
Sial, Arya Devdutta, Herry Tangri
Directed by Dibakar

Initially, the jerky, odd camera movements of LSD can prove quite
unsettling for an audience used to sanitised, textbook frames. The
kitschy metafilm (inspired from pulp fiction) adds to the bizarreness.
But it doesn't take long to fine-tune your vision to the inventive
look, feel and idea of LSD.

The film, a set of three stories that intertwine a la Kieslowski's
Three Colours, is remarkable in the way it experiments with the
digicam to create a novel, audacious narrative. The camera becomes a
character as well as the carrier of the theme—changing dynamics of
love and sexuality in a voyeuristic, commercial, brutal world. It's
about the Buntys and Bablis going dirty.

The first story, Superhit Pyaar, shot like an amateurish home video,
is about Rahul, the Adi Chopra-obsessed student, making a romantic
film and falling for the heroine himself. It might seem like a
Bollywood spoof but a casual mention by Rahul of his Dalit roots
portends a tragedy that is unflinchingly disturbing, shot shockingly
in The Blair Witch Project mode.

The second story, Badnam Shohrat, plays with CCTV imagery. Adarsh
instals security cameras in a store, then thinks of making a quick
buck by stealthily shooting a sex clip with attendant Rashmi. The dark
and gawky (as against fair and lovely, mind you) girl may not be his
fantasy woman but things take a turn. The third story, Paap ki Dukaan,
uses the visuals out of a hidden camera, sting operation to tell the
tale of TV journo Prashant and model Naina trying to unearth a casting
couch racket.

There are cheeky moments that play on the quirky Delhi lingo and
culture, like a hilarious tour of a Noida mansion. The characters are
real and rooted, so are their relationships and dilemmas. There's a
superb ensemble performance by a rank new cast. The flashy singer Loki
Local and Shruti's ostentatious dad are stand-out sketches. Even the
editor of LSD, Namrata Rao, in the cameo of a rough and ready store
attendant, makes an impression. The music is irreverent, raunchy and
brazen, the film itself is provocative but not titillatory.


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