I consider myself extremely lucky with respect to watching multiple films in a single day. Invariably, I end up watching the best one at the end and that usually makes up for the previous disappointments, if any. Yesterday wasn’t very high on the disappointment side, with my earlier essays of the day being an enjoyable Lahore and a surprising Shaapit. The last of the day was the third film of Dibakar Banerjee (Khosla ka Ghosla & Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! fame). My run of luck continued.
Love, Sex aur Dhokha (LSD) is Dibakar’s ode to the voyeuristic psyche of humans in general & Indians in particular. Dibakar explores the motivations behind voyeurism and the aftermaths of it through 3 stories (based on the 3 themes mentioned in the title) that are thinly connected. The camera, the voyeur’s best friend is a recurring theme across all three stories. A rookie director falls in love while shooting his diploma film; a store clerk’s escapades with his colleagues & a press photographer battling his dilemma of having to choose between success at work & his moral ethics. By the time the film completed its short runtime of an hour and 3 quarters, I didn’t feel like getting up and was wishing for an encore. All this achieved on a shoestring budget of less than 2 crores. Take a bow, Dibakar. You came, you saw & you conquered.
The film opens with one of the most innovative and satirically funny title sequences ever in Bollywood that has Dibakar’s advertising origins stamped all over it. The Love episode unfolds with some very relatable characters and some typical Dibakar Delhi humour. But it ends in the most gruesome manner possible. The tone of the Sex episode is just the way an ideal session of sex needs to be. Beginning with some light foreplay, building up steadily and exploding with a cracker of a climax. And finally, the Dhokha episode that lays bare the hypocrisy of the material world and ties up its two predecessors in the overall plot. The narrative structure is inspired by the Mexican classic Amores Perros and Dibakar handles it with aplomb. And the film reflects the irony of the times we live in, where love is a precious commodity that doesn’t find value among people while sex is the craze of the day and the common man is being taken on a ride by all and sundry. Love fails, Sex & Dhokha prevail.
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