Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ekta Kapoor-Dibakar Banerjee Differ Over Love Sex Aur Dhokha!

Ekta Kapoor won’t show her new film ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’ directed by Dibakar Banerjee to her parents. Given her initial reaction she wouldn’t show it to anyone. But then better sense prevailed after she saw and absorbed Banerjee’s gritty and real feature film on digital drama.

Apparently Ekta simply freaked out at the trial, screaming and wondering aloud what this director had made for her.

Dibakar (Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!) Banerjee’s first film for Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Films is also Ekta’s first foray into experimental cinema.

And when she saw the finished product Ekta simply freaked out. According to onlookers Ekta’s reaction to Banerjee’s digitally shot film on the absence of privacy and the prevalence of voyeurism in today’s time was one of horror and utter disbelief.

Dibakar Banerjee
doesn’t deny his producer was shocked. “When Ekta saw the film she wasn’t so much shocked by the content on voyeurism and free-for-all invasion of privacy as the treatment and format. I’ve shot the film on a digital format with a hand-held camera. So Ekta’s first question was, ‘Why is the camera shaking so much?’ Her second question was, ‘Who is going to watch this film?’ Frankly I had answers for both the questions. But Ekta’s initial reaction of shock remains. She doesn’t really believe that such an unusual and shocking film is viable. But she sees me as this nice sweet seemingly harmless Bengali guy who can’t deliberately do anything wrong. She’s indulging me. See, normally the digital format is used by a filmmaker for the lack of choices. But for ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’ the digital format was the only choice.”

Ekta doesn’t deny she was startled by what she saw in Dibakar’s film. “The camera was shaking so much I was completely shaken. There are three stories and all of them affected me very deeply specially the one about the woman who’s shot with a hidden camera. When I came out of the movie I was furtively looking for bugs and cameras everywhere. I realized I was so jolted not so much by the technique of storytelling which is unlike anything we’ve seen, but by content which tells us there is no privacy in today’s day and age of mobile cameras and MMS.”

Now Ekta is terrified of how ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’ will be received. “Forget how it will be received. How will we release a film in such an experimental format? It’s easy for Dibakar to make what he wants. Now it’s my responsibility to see it reaches the audience.”

The question is, how would a digital movie called ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’ appeal to the audience? The title was nearly shot down by the moral watchdogs within the industry.

But Dibakar stood his ground. “It had to be ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’ I know the title is reminiscent of ‘Sex Lies and Videotape’. But ‘Love Sex Aur Dhokha’ is nothing like Steven Soderbergh’s film. In fact it’s unlike anything audiences have seen. That is why Ekta is apprehensive.”

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What is Love Sex aur Dhokha all about?

Love Sex aur Dhokha is a film about voyeurism. It is essentially about how we have become a generation of voyeurs and flashers simultaneously. This film is about keyhole. On one side of the keyhole is a guy who is peeping in and on other side, there is a person who is hoping that someone is peeping in, and then its us, who are seeing all this. And it is adding bizarre subtext to our society. On television, newspapers, other media, we are obsessed with the most meaningless trivia of what other people are doing about their life.

Directed by Dibakar Banerjee (Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye) & Produced by ALT Entertainment, LSD explores the human emotions of love, sex & betrayal through very candid points of view.

The film is a roller coaster ride told through the chaos of the camera that has invaded all our lives – through handy cams filming home movies, security cameras shooting every inch of existence, mobile phones transmitting love messages, sting cameras uncovering uncomfortable truths.

Watch the Official Trailer for LSD

Official Trailer - Love Sex aur Dhokha

Monday, January 11, 2010

You can't Ignore LSD

Love Sex Aur Dhokha aka LSD is the first Bollywood movie to be based on the controversial subject of voyeurism. Dibakar Banerjee’s LSD explores the human emotions of love, sex and betrayal through very candid points of view- the film is shot entirely on the strength of digital cameras, the first of its kind in India.

To remind you again voyeurism refers to someone who habitually observes others without their knowledge, with or without the implication of any sexual interest.

Says Dibakar, “Ours is a country of voyeurs and hence you find so many reality shows.” The film which is already surrounded with a cloud of controversy will bring to the Indian audiences a world of two-way mirrors, hidden cameras and secret photography.

But are the Indian audiences ready to have a whole load of controversy unleashed on them?

Dibakar answers that for us! “You can love it or hate it- but you can’t ignore LSD.”

Friday, January 8, 2010

Love Sex aur Dhokha - Short Film Contest

After much speculation the Love Sex aur Dhokha Short Film Contest is finally here. We have recieved entries from all over. Here is the Official Playlist for all the entries till now. Now even you can be a part of it.

All you have to do is capture a film/video, log on to the official website of LSD, www.lsdthefilm.com and submit your film in any format.

Contest Guidelines

Length of the film
Maximum 10 mins in duration – The shorter the better!

Entry Formats
Please ensure the file has an optimal mix of quality and size.
Max file Size is 10MB

The films/Videos have to be around the theme Love, Sex or Betrayal or all 3 or a combination of 2. It would be great if these entries are shot ‘voyeuristically’ as that is what LSD is!

Mode of shoot
The films could be shot on ANY format – DV cams, Handy Cams, mobile phones, web camera....

The entries would have to be uploaded on our website www.lsdthefilm.com with story and contact details

Also you may submit your movies as a Video Response to the Official Trailer or send in your entries at contest@lsdthefilm.com along with your details.

Please do check terms and conditions

Get cracking!
All the Best!