Movie Review - Love Sex aur Dhoka3:10 PM
The treatment of the movie is similar to what we have already seen in Hollywood, for example, The Blair Witch Project (1999), Cloverfield (2008), or the recent Paranormal Activity (2009). However, besides that single similarity everything else about the movie is quite honest and relevant! The movie's narration is divided in three stories.
First story is a poor spoof on DDLJ showcasing two clichés of Bollywood. One, rich girl falls in love with a 'relatively' poor guy and daddy doesn't approve! Second, director falling in love with their heroins and rotating the movies around their whims and fancy! This is probably the weakest story of the three according to me with poor and draaaaggging screenplay which made me yawn! more than I would like to [during a movie]!
Second story is about an average-looking-naive-girl working to support her family. She falls in love with a colleague [or someone, I am not sure as it was not clear why that dude used to hang around the grocery shop!]. This is where the movie picks up a little and raises some form of curiosity.
Third story is about a small-town-amibitious girl who was promised a music video by some popular singer. Naturally, he wants her to pay a 'price' for that honor! The girl eventually comes in contact with a cameraman who works for a producer specializing in 'sting' operations who convinces her to catch the 'act' on camera and rest is quite obvious isn't it?
Well, here on the movies takes various twists and turns and they show how the three stories are linked together [I am leaving some parts out for the readers who haven't seen the movie and may be would like to?]. The climax of the movie is it's redemption I would say but I wish that the story was a little more engrossing throughout. Needless to say the title fits all three stories as they all have a tadka [dose] of 'Love Sex & Dhoka'
This would be the third feather in Dibakar Banerjee’s cap, after the earlier two National Award-winning films, Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky Lucky Oye. Though, I appreciate the diverse genres he is attempting to show in his movies there were some weak links. For example, why was the camera on while people are having private conversation in their room? The CCTV and Camera while movie-shooting are justified but camera in bedroom while husband and wife are consummating their marriage is beyond my comprehension!
It's about time we all wake up and smell the coffee because our 1000's of years of culture and heritage is going down the toilet and nobody [or rather very few] seems to care! Or ... am I wrong?