In this digital era, our voyeuristic propensity, in general, is increasing by leaps and bound. Society loves to put an eye on the keyhole. Directly or indirectly, nowadays, people seem to have liken the concept of peep shows. The desire of general public to look deep into the lives of others is strong and becoming stronger with passage of time. Popularity of Sach Ka Samana, Rakhi Ka Insaaf, Bigg Boss and other such reality shows proves it all. Most people would say that these shows are rubbish but they would still watch them!
On Internet also, hidden camera pornography is a huge business. We all know how scandalous MMS receive viral spread. We all know how insecure ladies nowadays feel virtually everywhere; since long cameras have been tumbling out of change rooms, wash rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms etc. I think that humans seem to be to too curious for their own good. People do want to see what they haven’t seen —good or bad.
Love Sex Aur Dhokha (LSD) is a year 2010 movie that really got me much more scared than even Exorcist. Produced by the queen of saas-bahu serials Ekta Kapoor and directed by Dibakar Banerjee, this movie loosely falls in the genre of found footage. It is shot with hand-held digital cameras and is a compilation of three separate stories (with bare minimum connections among them). First story highlights the madness of honor killing, the second one highlights the menace of MMS scandals and the third one highlights the sting operations business of market-driven media.
Love Sex Aur Dhokha (LSD) appears to be quite realistic. Some of the scenes look almost absolutely real life. Small-time actors have done very good acting. Credit must also go to the film’s editor Namrata Rao who has done an excellent job in managing footage and presenting it like a reel that should look like real.
LSD is considered to be a satire but, frankly speaking, I did not find any satire in the first two stories shown in the movie. The third story has some traces of a satire. Overall the movie is good. However, if more such movies would be produced —I am sure they will prove to be bad.
LSD is good because this is perhaps the first Bollywood movie made from the perspective of Peeping Tom. People want to satiate their hunger of voyeurism, but eventually such movies will find their way only on porno sites on Internet. LSD type attempts can not be the mainstream cinema. LSD is critically acclaimed because it is an experimental movie. More such attempts will have high probability of failure because this is not cinema —it is essential a peep show. No one wants to witness an honor killing in real. But if it is shown through a camera —a huge number of people would pop their heads out of duvets during winter nights to watch it.