Love Sex Aur Dhokha
|Love sex Aur Dhokha|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Dibakar Banerjee|
|Produced by||Ekta Kapoor
|Written by||Dibakar Banerjee
|Music by||Sneha Khanwalkar|
|Edited by||Namrata Rao|
|Distributed by||ALT Entertainment
Balaji Motion Pictures
|Budget||₹2 crore (approx.)|
|Box office||₹9.78 crore|
Love Sex Aur Dhokha (English: Love sex and betrayal) is a 2010 Indian anthology drama film, co-written and directed by Dibakar Banerjee and jointly produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor and Priya Sreedharan under the banner of ALT Entertainment. The film starred mostly newcomers and non-actors like Anshuman Jha, Nushrat Bharucha, Rajkumar Yadav, Neha Chauhan, Amit Sial, Herry Tangri and Ashish Sharma. Love Sex Aur Dhokha had three stories related to honour killing, MMS Scandal and Sting operations.
The film's music was composed by Sneha Khanwalkar, while the lyrics were written by Banerjee. Nikos Andritsakis served as the film's cinematographer and Namrata Rao was its editor. Banerjee conceived the film after he came across several sex clips and wanted to explore what led to that situation. He then co-wrote the film with Kanu Behl. The entire film was shot in digital format with different kind of camera's including a handycam, an amateur film camera, security camera, underwater and spy cameras.
Love Sex Aur Dhokha was screened at the 2010 London Indian Film Festival and the Munich International Film festival. It was released in India on 19 March, 2010 to positive review from critics. Made on a budget of ₹2 crore (US$310,000), the film grossed a total of ₹9.78 crore (US$1.5 million) and proved to be a commercial success. Rao and Pritam Das won the Best Editing and the Best Sound Design Award respectively at the 56th Filmfare Awards. Khanwalkar received the R. D. Burman Music Award.
- Love (Titled Superhit Pyaar)
Rahul, a boy in his early 20s, is an amateur director who decides to shoot a small budget film for the diploma of his film course. During auditions, he meets a young woman he picks to be the leading actress, Shruti. She belongs to an orthodox family and her patriarchal father is a real estate magnate. The two bond, become closer, and define their relationship by confessing their love for each other. Shruti's overprotective and aggressive brother overhears their telephone conversation and attacks the film set to find out the identity of the guy who called Shruti. Shruti tells Rahul that her father will get her married to someone else; they elope and get married. From their honeymoon suite, they call Shruti's family for their acceptance. Shruti's father and brother are initially furious but then approve and tell them they will be sending a car to pick them up from the hotel. During the car ride, the couple are ambushed by Shruti's brother and his goons, who beat them up with hockey sticks and cut their bodies with an axe, burying the dismembered parts.
- Sex (Titled Paap ki Dukkaan)
Shruti's friend Rashmi is a quiet girl who works night shifts in a local supermarket to support her family. Adarsh, is a supermarket supervisor who has obtained the job due to his family connections with the store's owner and has outstanding debts to settle with the local loan sharks. He makes a pact with one of his friends to make a sex tape with one of the employees to sell for a large amount of money to the media. Adarsh sets his sights on Rashmi, ultimately resulting in him developing genuine feelings for her. He decides to back out of the plan, but his feelings for Rashmi are suppressed by his greed. Rashmi receives news regarding Shruti and Rahul's horrible death and is deeply saddened. Taking advantage of her vulnerability, he has sex with her and captures it on the shop's security camera. Having sold the footage, Adarsh is able to pay off his debts. It is later revealed that Rashmi was fired from the supermarket and shunned by her family.
- Dhokha (Titled Badnaam Shohorat)
Prabhat, an investigative reporter who uses spy camera's to conduct sting operations, is in desperate need of a groundbreaking story to get a bonus from the news company which employs him. He saves Naina (short for Mrignaina), an aspiring dancer, from committing suicide when she jumps from a bridge. Naina, who is initially furious at Prabhat, plans a sting operation with him to exact revenge on Loki Local, a music producer and singer who asked her to trade sex for the position of leading dancer in his upcoming music video. They bring the sting footage to the media, who provoke them to plan another sting: Naina will supposedly blackmail Loki by threatening to reveal the initial footage in an attempt to catch him red-handed as he tries to bribe her — to render any false accusations by Loki of fabrication of footage. Naina meets Loki in the supermarket where Rashmi works to carry out the sting, while Prabhat watches closely. The plan goes awry when Loki tries to steal the camera and shoots Prabhat, who is immediately admitted into the hospital. Naina comes to meet Prabhat to hand over the footage so that he can get the bonus, but he decides to protect Naina's dignity and refuses to give his superiors the footage and resigns. However, it is revealed that Naina has betrayed Prabhat by accepting the role as lead dancer in Loki's new music video.
- Anshuman Jha as Rahul
- Nushrat Bharucha as Shruti
- Sandeep Bose as Shruti's Dad
- Rajkummar Rao as Adarsh
- Neha Chauhan as Rashmi
- Arya Banerjee as Naina
- Herry Tangri as Loki Local
- Amit Sial as Prabhat
- Atul Mongia as Atul
- Ashish Sharma as Shahid
- Taran Bajaj as Goldie
- Aaditi Pohankar
Director Dibakar Banerjee said that theseveral real life sex scandals including the DPS MMS scandal, inspired him to make the film as he "wanted to do something on what led to that incident." He then wrote two short stories, which he later expanded into three. He later found some sex tapes "hilarious" as "those people, while having sex were also struggling with the camera, the ergonomics of how to shoot while having sex". He also wrote a two page story of a guy who is in love and "the contrast between what he thinks love should be and what it actually is[.]". In June 2009, it was announced that Banerjee will be making a experimental film for Kapoor's Balaji Motion Pictures about impact of digital technology. Talking about the issue, the film is examining, Banerjee said: "Earlier, we would have sex because we wanted to have sex. Today, we have sex to get caught on a tape, to further their career or to make friends. That is the issue that the film is examining." Banerjee stated that he wanted to bring "voyeurism" through the film on which "the whole society finds itself trapped in". The film is jointly produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and Priya Sreedharan. Banerjee co-wrote the film with Kanu Behl, who later went on to direct Titli(2015). Banerjee approached Ekta Kapoor after they finished writing the script. Banerjee says Kapoor "readily agreed" to produce it. In 2010, Kapoor launched ALT Entertainment, a part of her Balaji Telefilms Ltd. She decided to release Love Sex aur Dhokha under her banner.
The cast consisted of newcomers or unknown actors including Neha Chauhan, Rajkumar Yadav, Anshuman Jha, Nushrat Bharucha and Amit Sial. The casting director of the film was Atul Mongia; he also acted in it. Neha Chauhan was cast after Banerjee saw her in her brothers wedding video. Chauhan wanted to assist Banerjee, but was chosen by Sial for the role of Rashmi, a store attendant. Mongia conducted audition of 15 people a day for three and a half month to cast the total 75 characters in the film. He screened almost 2,000 actors and auditioned 1,000 of them. Some actors were picked from the street, like a boy who cast spotted by Mongia near an ATM. Sandeep Bose, who runs a casting agency, sent actors for auditions. He was eventually cast in the role of Shruti's Dad in the first story. The three actors who were shortlisted for lead characters, went through a two month workshop in Prithvi Theatre. They were asked to act random situations and improvise scenes. Arya Banerjee, daughter of sitar player Nikhil Banerjee, was cast in the role of a small town model Naina. Herry Tangri was cast in the role of pop star Loki local. Rajkumar Yadav, an alumni of Film and Television Institute of India, was cast in the role of Adarsh. To look like the character, Yadav had to loose six kilogram of weight in a month.
Love Sex Aur Dhokha was shot with different camera's including a handycam, an amateur film camera, security camera, underwater and spy camera. Some portions were also shot with night vision cameras. The stories are told through the point of view of the camera's. Banerjee said: "It is almost as if the camera is a character and to do that you have to give the camera character." The film was shot in digital format with different kinds of camera. Banerjee said he opted for digital to get the aesthetics that he could not get on a 35mm format. The film consisted of three stories dealt with issues of honour killings, sexual exploitation and voyeurism. The second story was based on a diploma film footage that Banerjee had retrieved. Banerjee said that all the three stories were connected "the way we played with time, and cause and effect and the fundamental rule that every story has a beginning, a middle and an end." An item song titled "I Can't Hold It" was shot badly on purpose as in the film, the song is being shot by an amateur film director who messes it up.
Banerjee and his team decided to cast newcomers and unknown professional actors. The film was shot by employing guerrilla technique on real locations in Mumbai by the director of photography, Nikos Andritsakis. Talking about the difficulty in shoot, Banerjee said: "There was this one shot of the stardom-aspiring girl jumping into the sea. For a 5-second shot, we had to take many shots because the camera jumped along with her, filming her movements". Andritsakis wanted to give the film a "video look" that has a "harsh" picture quality and everything in the frame is in focus. Banerjee intentionally wanted to make the film look "shaky, low-tech, fuzzy and unframed" and yet make it "entertaining". He showed 1 Night in Paris to Andritsakis for the reference. Love Sex aur Dhokha was the first Indian film to be shot in the digital format. The film was edited by Namrata Rao, who also acted in a small role. Banerjee was inspired by the Tehelka sting operations for the third story of his film, which is about a sting operation of a pop star. The underwater sequences of a canal were shot separately in a swimming pool with special gears for the camera. A suicide scene was shot with a stunt double, with the camera free flowing in air; the actors performed separately in chroma. According to Banerjee, several cliched dialogues of Hindi cinema were used in the film to show a "mirror" as the "[..] trajectory is very similar to a typical bollywood film and yet very different."
|Love Sex aur Dhokha|
|Soundtrack album by Sneha Khanwalkar|
|Released||15 March 2010|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Sneha Khanwalkar chronology|
The films soundtrack album was composed by Sneha Khanwalkar and the lyrics were written by Dibakar Banerjee. The album rights of the film were acquired by Sony Music, and the album was released on 8 March 2010. The soundtrack consisted of vocals by Khanwalkar, Kailash Kher, Nihira Joshi, Amey Date and Nagarjuna. Khanwalker was hired for the music before the script was ready.
Harmeet Singh of The Indian Express called the album a "pure delight" with a "rustic-club feel to it". The song "I Can't Hold It" had a blend of Rajasthani folk music with dholak's playing in the background. Sampurna Wire wrote: "Overall, though Love Sex Aur Dhokha doesn't cover a distance similar to that of Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, it has a much bigger single in the form of the title track "Love Sex Aur Dhokha" which makes all the difference."
|1.||"I Can't Hold It"||Sneha Khanwalkar||2:49|
|2.||"LSD Remix"||Kailash Kher||3:31|
|3.||"LSD Title Track"||Kailash Kher||4:54|
|4.||"Mohabbat Bollywood Style"||Nihira Joshi, Amey Date||3:50|
|5.||"Na Batati Tu"||Kailash Kher||5:17|
|6.||"Tainu TV Per Wekhya"||Kailash Kher||2:53|
|7.||"Tauba Tauba (Remix)"||Kailash Kher||3:35|
|8.||"Tu Gandi"||Kailash Kher||3:09|
The Central Board of Film Certification shortened and blurred a love scene showing a bare-backed girl on top of a boy. Banerjee said that there was "nothing sexual about [the scene]." A reference to caste in the love story between a low-caste boy and a high-caste girl was also changed. Banerjee stated his disappointment: "This completely changes the perspective of my story since now the caste-challenged love story is turned into a poor-boy-rich-girl romance." The lyrics of the track "Tu Nangi Achi Lagti Hai" were changed to "Tu Gandi Achi Lagti Hai" in the film. Love Sex Aur Dhokha received as A (adult only) certificate after the changes. Kapoor was in a "state of shock" after seeing the final cut of the film because of the shaky camera's and the stories effected her "deeply". A 90 second promo of the film was to be released along with 3 Idiots in theatres across India. It was later edited three times so that it can be shown across 290 multiplex screens. The film was promoted with the tagline: "You're being watched". It was screened at the 2010 London Indian Film Festival and the Munich International Film festival.
Before the films release, Banerjee screened the first 20 minutes clip in the SIES Nerul and discussed it with the students. A promotional video of the films title song was launched prior to the release. The film was released across 350 screens in India. It was only released in India because the producers felt that the recovery for small budget films is not possible overseas. After the films release, the producers decided to release it in select screens in the US, UK, UAE and some other international countries. A photo involving the bare backs of the two actors from the film was released before the release. Some media outlets labelled it as "the most shocking scene to be ever filmed in a commercial Hindi film". Banerjee reacted to this and said: "I want the scene to be judged as part of the film. To use the picture out of context will be damaging to the film."
Love Sex Aur Dhokha opened to mostly positive response from the critics. Rajeev Masand gave it 4 out of 5, stating "Dibakar Banerjee's Love, Sex Aur Dhoka is the most riveting Hindi film in recent memory. [...] You will be shocked, you will be startled, but walking out of the theatre, you know you have just seen what is possibly the most important Hindi film since Satya and Dil Chahta Hai." Raja Sen called the film a "masterpiece", writing: "Bollywood has just grown up the only way it could, with Love, Sex and Dhokha." Sarita Tanwar of Mid Day called it "season's best film" and a "must-watch." A review carried by The Indian Express mentioned the film as "path-breaking" and "signifies the changing face of Hindi cinema." Anupama Chopra wrote in her review: "[the film is] a grim, deeply unsettling and yet compelling portrait of urban India." She further called it a "polarizing film".
Sanjukta Sharma of Mint gave a positive review and said, "LSD is raw and courageous; it is not pretty, but it has beauty [..]" A review by The Times of India gave a three-and-a-half to the film and stated, "Don't expect time-pass entertainment. Think beyond run-of-the-mill and see how Ekta Kapoor re-invents herself as the producer of contemporary Indian cinema's first full-blown experimental film." Mayank Shekhar stated, "Where any Bollywood movie without a gyrating, lip-synching hero perceives itself as "different", this one, from an audience’s point of view, is truly an experiment.". Namrata Joshi called the film "remarkable" in the way it creates a "audacious narrative".
Baradwaj Rangan wrote: "Love Sex Aur Dhokha is nothing if not off-the-charts ambitious – and yet, I couldn’t shake off the feeling that Banerjee has pulled off a successful experiment rather than a satisfying experience." Aniruddha Guha of Daily News and Analysis felt that the writing of the film was "inconsistent" and called it "bold but not so beautiful". Subhash K. Jha said: "he director vision is so unified to the way the characters see themselves that a section of the audience may feel it’s watching a hugely self-indulgent work that wants to keep the "cinema" out of cinema. Ajit Duara of OPEN compared the film to Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape on the similarity of the title and the shooting technique. He further wrote: "Banerjee’s film has no such frame, and from start to finish, in all three stories in his movie, we have a student film, CCTV footage, jumpy hand-held shots from hidden cameras, grainy resolutions—the kind of stuff you see on YouTube—but not once do we see Banerjee’s point of view." In 2018, Anahad Madhav Mohapatra of Arre mentioned that the film gave lesson on the dangers of pervasive technology, "The lesson might not have had the sleekness or technical finesse of Charlie Brooker's missives from Black Mirror, but it was equally scary."
Love Sex Aur Dhokha was made at a production budget of ₹2 crore (US$310,000). It grossed ₹4.25 crore (US$650,000) in its opening weekend and ₹6.40 crore (US$980,000) at the end of its first week. It opened well at multiplexes in mostly metro cities and in Delhi and North India belt. The film grossed a total of ₹9.78 crore (US$1.5 million) at the end of its theatrical run, making it a profitable venture.
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