Directed by Dibakar Banerjee
Written by Dibakar and Kanu Behl
Cinematography by Nikos Andritsakis
For those of you who don’t have time for the entire review : LSD is a masterpiece and catch it at the earliest.
For the other jobless readers of the blog : There’s a scene in the film where a wealthy fella asks the director (a character making his diploma film) to include an item number to make the film more entertaining and get rid of the eloping sequence which apparently will ruin society.
A conversation I was having with a friend while coming out of the theater : My Friend: This film won’t run….Me : Why is that?….My friend : Why would anybody watch this? It’s not entertaining.
Here arises the question of what kind of entertainment people expect out of cinema. According to my friend (and also according to a lot of others) intelligent or master filmmaking (if referring to LSD) doesn’t entertain the audience. What entertains them is lousy, boring, clichéd, item number loaded flicks like the one suggested by the wealthy character in the film.
Leaving aside the argument of what entertainment is, LSD is a film split into 3 parts mildly (but crucially) connected to each other. The occasional non-linearity and repetitive scenes though an extensively used method used in the international screen writing arena is a relatively new thing upon our screens.
Love : A story of a young filmmaker and a debutant actress falling in love.
Sex : A tale based around scandal sex tapes which takes place in a super market.
Dhokha : A sting operation involving a famous Punjabi pop star, a wanna be ‘item girl’ and a television firm interested in the sex lives of celebrities.
Other than the script, the thing that really stirs your brains is the uncompromising camera work – hand held, CCTV and hidden cams. In Dibakar’s own words : “If reading a book in a moving vehicle gives you a headache, this film would certainly give you one.”
The scenarios are painfully real, the dialogue is abusively ‘true to life’, the actors have lived their characters and the film is a classic. If you believe you’ve got any brains, you’ll love this.
Rating – √√√√1/2 – the sort of film that comes out of nowhere and changes the entire perception of the ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ of film making.
Lyrics by Dibakar Banerjee