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Bollywood is abuzz with new ideas. Risks are being taken to provide a new experience in movie making as well as in movie watching. Love Sex Aur Dhokha falls under it. Filmed using low-budget techniques, what makes the film a winner is not solely its title and that it’s a complete digital film but that it is very well written and scripted. And the performance by all the unknown actors is like an icing on the cake. Love Sex Aur Dhokha exposes the very dark and selfish side of humans. It’s as raw as it can get and it is as real as it can be!
The film is divided into 3 stories:
SUPERHIT PYAR: Rahul (Anshuman Jha) is making his graduation film titled ‘Mehendi Laga Ke Rakhna’. He casts Shruti (Shruti), daughter of a rich and powerful businessman as his heroine. Soon they fall in love with one another. They run away and get married. Is this the best or worst decision of their lives?
PAAP KI DUKAAN: Adarsh (Raj Kumar Yadav) installs security cameras in a 24-hour departmental store. He has only a week to clear his debts or else he’ll have to face dangerous consequences. His associate persuades him to woo Rashmi (Neha Chauhan), a salesgirl working in the store, have sex with her and shoot the entire footage using the security cameras as it would really get him lot of money. Will Adarsh commit this immoral act?
BADNAAM SHOHRAT: Prabhat (Amit Sial), a sting journalist, is facing a bad time. He comes across Naina (Arya Devdutta) who he saves while she attempts suicide. Naina is distressed as Loki Local (Herry Tangri), a popular pop star had slept with her in return for a promise for casting her in his next album. But Herry insteas casts a Russian blonde. Prabhat provokes her to take revenge in the form of a sting operation. Will everything go as per their plans?
Love Sex Aur Dhokha might remind of Sex Lies & Videotape or more recently of Cloverfield which was also filmed with similar techniques. However, the shaky and moving camerawork doesn’t bother or irritate at all. One miraculously adjusts to it as if we are used to such digitial flicks since years! Also, the convincing screenplay makes the film a winner!
My take on the 3 stories:
SUPERHIT PYAR: The first story inadvertently leaves the biggest impact. There’s not a single moment where the pace dips. It is funny, gaudy and has some sweet moments too. However, the culmination leaves you shocked and disturbed to say the least. Anshuman Jha’s aam aadmi looks helped him deliver a convincing performance. Shruti was great and the person who played Shruti’s father gives a brilliant performance.
PAAP KI DUKAAN: What I loved the most here is it is set in a supermarket. Since the happenings are viewed through surveillance cameras, there are only around 4-5 camera angles used throughout the story. Also the way the backroom of the store was partly converted into a CCTV monitoring centre was interesting. The story is the longest of all 3 and gathers momentum almost immediately. The widely discussed sex scene is a part of this story that leaves an impact for sure. The ending was unexpected and unconventional. Raj Kumar Yadav was perfect as the possessive boyfriend while Neha Chauhan wonderfully plays the role the of shy and reserved salesgirl. Also worth mentioning is the lady who played the talkative salesgirl.
BADNAAM SHOHRAT: Naina’s characterization impresses a lot here. The sequence where the sting gets shot is the highpoint of the story. There comes a strange twist where Naina goes to shoot a second and final sting. The ending again was unpredictable but to an extent justified. Arya Devdutta was completely natural as the wannabe model. Amit Sial was a lookalike of Nagarjuna while Herry Tangri was Mika’s lookalike (and this was intentional it seems!). Both however give a fabulous performance with Herry impressing a little more.
Sneha Khanwilkar’s music like her previous work (‘Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!’) was hatke but likeable. The title song undoubtedly is the best track and is played in the end when credits roll. Nikos Andritsakis’s cinematography was the most unique aspect of the film. The film might have fallen like a pack of cards if Nikos hadn’t known his job well. Fortunately, he does a great job. Even the film was shot using spycams, camcorders and CCTV cameras and is shaky at parts, the film doesn’t turn confusing. One can decipher what’s going on. Great work! Namrata Rao’s editing was flawless.
Dibakar Banerjee and Kanu Behl have written the story and screenplay and have done an excellent job with it. The premise of all 3 films is very topical and something we are all aware of. We all know about MMS scandals, sting operations and opposition to interclass marriages and hence the film is easily relatable and is realistic. Fortunately, the duo comes up with a great story as well and that’s what rocks. Also, all the 3 stories are smartly interlinked too! Bravo guys!
Dibakar impressed a lot with his debut film Khosla Ka Ghosla and now his fan base has increased with this truly path-breaking film. Dibakar in an interview said that with Love Sex Aur Dhokha, he wants to show that he can make non Delhi-centric films too! However, the Delhi hangover can be seen at several points throughout the film. In fact, one can argue that the film is based in Delhi (as nowhere in the flick there is a mention of the city’s name). But then no one is complaining too! We love the Delhi magic that Dibakar captures and it gets shot here too although unintentionally!
The best thing is that Dibakar had done extensive homework before shooting. He somehow realized which ‘hatke’ camera angle and close will manage to impact and he was bang on! Also he should be applauded too for casting all unknown actors which made this film realistic and true to life. Hats off and waiting for your next project!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Shruti’s dad showing his palatial house to Rahul
2. Shruti’s dad informing Rahul that Shruti’s marriage is fixed
3. Rahul and Shruti in the hotel
4. End of Story 1 (gory and shocking)
5. Committee goons threaten Adarsh
6. Adarsh’s attempts to woo Rashmi
7. End of Story 2
8. Prabhat and Naina’s failed suicide attempt
9. Prabhat and Naina at the momo stall
10. Naina meets Loki in the hotel room
11. Sting no.1 and 2
On the whole, Love Sex Aur Dhokha is a raw, original and intense cinema. It is one-of-its-kind in Bollywood and wins because of its story, dialogues, script and performances. Go for it and have a very very hatke experience!
My rating-**** out of 5!
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 12, 2010)
|Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (centre) with Amaan (left) and Ayaan (right)|
Although elated about cutting an album with his sons Amaan and Ayaan, sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan still ponders over their future. “They are facing a rough time trying to come out of my shadow, no doubt about it. Fortunately, my sons are multi-dimensional and doing a lot of other things besides playing the sarod.”
Acting is a common interest shared by the Khan siblings. Once-upon-a-time, they were both gung-ho about it, what with an offer by filmmaker JP Dutta to launch them.
However, their enthusiasm gave away to disappointment when the film didn’t take off for a year and then got shelved.
Talking about the frustrating wait for the JP Dutta project, the Ustad recounts, “My sons gave a full year of their lives to JP Dutta’s project. Not only did they train themselves in horse riding, they also underwent a lot of other training to become equipped for an acting career. They were categorically told not to play the sarod for a year. That was really sad, because without their music, my sons lost out on a lot of opportunities. And at the end of it, the film got shelved.”
The experience seems to have destroyed the inclination of both Aman and Ayaan to embark on an acting career. “If Amaan and Ayaan get a chance to score music in a film, they will happily do so. As for acting, if they get an opportunity to play what they are (musicians), then it is fine. Otherwise, there are hundreds of young hopefuls out there to play other kinds of roles,” adds Ustad. “They are focusing entirely on the sarod now. They are too soft-hearted to cope with today’s crafty world.”
Even as we see a tribute to the legendary Michael Jackson by the cream of Bollywood fraternity in a recent video, composer Aadesh Shrivastav is busy putting together a video as his tribute to the victims of the terrible disaster that brought Mumbai to a standstill on November 26. Aadesh is creating an album of peace to pay homage to the victims of the 26/11 terror attacks. And he has roped in Amitabh Bachchan to do the voice-over for it.
Aadesh believes that Big B’s voice will do the best justice to the album which will have tracks sung by various classical and pop artistes not just from India, but abroad too. He wants to make the powerful voice a binding factor. Aadesh says, “No one else can do justice to this album. Only Amitji can serve as the perfect common thread to all the national and international artistes who are coming together for my album.”
To speed up things and make sure that he can release the album in November, the first anniversary of the blasts, Aadesh is flying down to Singapore where Amitabh is enjoying a holiday.
Aadesh’s album will also bring together Amitabh and Javed Akhtar on the same project after a gap of nearly two decades.