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LSD - Love Sex Aur Dhokha Review

LSD - Love Sex Aur Dhokha
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
LSD is a breakthrough in the art of expression. The hand-held camera view is just one part of the whole deal. The other, infinitely weightier, ingredient here is its clever subtext of social commentary. This LSD does while it lays bare a frightening emotional fabric of society - comprising shallowness, volatility and amorality all joining hands to build up to an alarming crescendo.

This digitally shot movie comprises 3 brief stories told one after another, captured by a hand-held camera, a closed-circuit TV camera and a spy cam, respectively. These sub-plots converge at unexpected points in time and space - this is one of the features that evokes admiration for the hand that helmed this flick.

Spoofs of DDLJ inaugurate the proceedings, because the protagonist of the first story is an aspiring director and fan of Aditya Chopra. This story is about his young innocent love with his heroine, a love that headily and rashly rushes into marriage because of fear of the girl's roughneck father. Their affair eventually has sad consequences.

The second sub-plot is a drama around the socially relevant issue of surreptitiously shot pictures of nude women, set in a 24x7 department store with security cameras. The third story is about a rejected and aspiring singer seeking revenge on a top pop star (real-life references here cannot be missed), by way of a "sting operation", which she does through a defeated ex-Tehelka operator.

For the curious, sleaze is not part of LSD's visuals - just part of its critique - except for one "explicitly blurred" scene of the actual act of sex. However, otherwise there is a high amount of suggestive sexual content, and plenty of profanity being hurled about, seeing as the protagonists are all people with mercurial temperaments and quick-fix sensibilities, caught in agitated circumstances; and seeing as they mostly don't know there's a camera around.

Human depravity watched through a little hidden camera looks all the more immoral, and so, whenever there's a "naughty" dialogue or scene that brings out sniggers, the mirth eventually dies down when the gravity of the situation hardens. LSD has just such a perspective, and there are also indignant references to the injustice that the real-life enterprise Tehelka faced post its blockbuster sting.

The flaws of the flick are that there is no morally victorious closure to a few of the offences - extremely grave ones, actually - that LSD shows. Even though Banerjee winds up in the end with the one "good" person who serves as the beacon of hope after all the scum has been dug up, it's not enough. There's suffocating reliance on dark motives to carry the stories along, and nothing much to comfort you.

Because of the commonplace-ness of the conversations and the incidents, the narrative has an everyday, indoors feel to it. Yet, the drama is gripping, and whenever the plots knot into their respective climaxes, there is palpable tension in the air, thick enough to cut with a knife.

The hidden camera gimmick lets everything seem real, including the background score that at several points in time consists of real background sound. Also, the authenticity of the performances doesn't leave scope for criticism, but this is not a film you'll watch for the performances - it is a directorial feat to have put this story together.

Catch LSD some time if you know what you're getting into. It may not stick around at the theatres for too long, though.
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LSD - Love Sex Aur Dhokha (hindi) reviews
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  • Cast
    Anshuman Jha, Shruti, Raj Kumar Yadav, Neha Chauhan, Amit Sial, Arya Devdutta, Herry Tangdi
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  • Music
    Sneha Khanwalkar
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  • Director
    Dibakar Banerjee
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - No
Good for dates - Unsure
Wait to rent it - Yes
ANURAAG.BURMAN on 6th Apr 2010, 5:28pm | Permalink

What seemed like a tiny blip on the radar has by now completely shaken the entire network of film industry spread across the country. Easily a milestone in Indian cinema this path breaking film is arguably better than most blockbusters released this year, or for that matter any year.

The underlying mood of the film being antiestablishmentarianism, LOVE, SEX aur DHOKHA is a raw and uncompromising take on life. Deliciously entertaining, intensely honest and fiery in its mission, LSD is a riveting ride you won’t forget. Showcasing the pitiable plight of hopeless underdogs and their frantic attempts to live up against the misfortunes thrown upon them by the establishment, LSD is a running commentary of social satire at its peak. Epitomizing contemporary social scenario, LSD has an intensity that is disturbingly painful and shockingly shameful leaving you with memorable characters of outcasts, misfits, freaks and geeks. A real gem, this cinema is a challenge on the sensibilities of the Indian movie watching crowd to re-discover their sensitive sides.

Showcasing a disruptive chronological order (la strada, memento, pulp fiction, etc.) this spellbinding mockumentary, a boon for true film lovers, is simply simply not to be missed. The outstanding nonlinear narrative structure with three stories cleverly intertwined is truly refreshing to witness compared to boring social lectures of epic proportions which has become the hallmark of mainstream Indian cinema. Perhaps the most fascinating thing LSD belts out is Life as it is. It serves you a slice of current life on a platter for you to relish. Stand back in awe. This film is the sign of times.

An intense movie about frantic lives, the neoclassic LSD is a dizzying ride from silence that screams from a dead couple, to dreams and desires being annexed and annihilated by the engulfing fire of penury. LSD explores a dystopian world where love, bending knees, gets buried, amid deranged relationships between desperate people. LSD is definitely an entertaining attempt in the guise of black comedy to disembark and expose a self-righteous dysfunctional, hedonistic, dystopian society gone haywire. Go ahead and laugh yourself silly over its dark humor as you’re caught glued to every passing frame of this slick horror drama. Ultimately the joke’s on you (Read : society) as the superlatively captivating tongue in cheek title song embarks with the credits rolling in the end. What a show.

Delivering a sledgehammer impact with a treatment as furious as the message, Dibakar Banerjee is the man on fire burning all those who resist him. Bold. Daring. Dangerous. Dibakar is a force to recon. With dollops of attitude and awards predicted worldwide, this director is here to stay. Open your eyes. The master has arrived. This director has single handedly made the badshahs of this trade redundant with his genius. Uprooting the pundits of this industry as well, with simple plots and unheard actors. This is modern-day cinema at its best.

Having acquired a cult status with a cult following within days of release..
LSD is addictive. For some, it’s an obsession. I say it’s a belter.
viju on 29th Mar 2010, 2:29pm | Permalink
oh pls! felt like was watching some porn movie... appreciate the "message in the movi" and the novelty concept, but with the front rows and back rows ingloriously jeeringly n laughing aloud asking for more sex scenes, loudly hissing, and calling out for more lewdness, even during scenes of pathos (and the pathetic scenes too) it didnt feel too good a movi watching experience with family and friends! a brilliant plot so wasted - a good recognizable cast and a little commercial treatment to the plot cud hav made the film more watchable and made the audience empathasise with it all instead of making it indulge in cat-calls or disgusted!!! but then, this was my experience and therefore my opinion!
navi on 22nd Mar 2010, 5:08pm | Permalink
The people who want to watch something new will love this moive LSD.LSD is paisa vasul. all about LSD at http://www.lovesexaurdhokha.com. download deleted scenes and songs

Pros: 7
Cons: 7
bsa27kk on 22nd Mar 2010, 11:02am | Permalink
Nice review!!
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