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Militant Masterpiece
Mar 21, 2010 10:47 PM 4133 Views





Kuch hafto pehle, Avataar dekhne ke baad - our friend Hakim was completely fida and praised James Cameron by exclaiming that “what brain can think of such stuff!” So dost Hakim ke shabd use karein tou, hum bhi director Dibakar Bannerjee ki taareef mein kahenge ke “Waah! What brain can think of such a movie!”

Saying that LSD is unlike any movie that you have seen - does not do justice to LSD, par haa iss baat se shuruvaat ki jaa sakti hai. Tou shuruvaat se shurut karein tou, LSD ki cast mein koi bhi known actors nahi hai, aur shaayad sabhi actors pehli baar camera face kar rahe hein. Cinematography ki baat karein tou, conventional ‘composition’ ke saare rules tod diye gaye hai. Puri movie, steadi cam / security cam / aur sting cam ke treatment se shoot ki gayee hai.

The movie is also episodic and it’s 1hr 43mnt duration is used to tell 3 stories, which means that har story lagbhag aadhaa ghanta chalti hai. But inspite of all these constraints, or perhaps because of some of them, the movie packs a really hard emotional punch. LSD points a mirror to the seamier side of our materialistic society - aur audience mein jo hard core cynics honge, bas wohi in stories se unmoved rahenge.

In fact don’t be surprised if aadhi audience movie ke beech mein se hi uthke chali jaaye. In recent times, Firaaq and Chandni Bar are the only two movies which can be credited with a similar, deeply unsettling impact. Par yeh tou LSD ka review hai, tou LSD ki baat karte hai. LSD has 3 stories about Love, Sex and Dhokha.

The Love story is about a young direction student and his herione, and we see this entire story through the directors hand held camera.

The sex story is set in a day and night mini super market mein, jahaa naye naye security cameras instal kiye gaye hai. In security cameras se hum ek developing romance dekhte hai - owner ke struggling MBA dost aur store ki sales girl ke beech.

Aakhiri story hai ‘Dhokha’. Yeh kahani hai ek tv sting journalist aur ek struggling actress ki. Sting journalist  jo apna spy cam hamesha on rakhte hai. Aur issi spy cam se hum yeh kahaani dekhte hai.

As soon as you start enjoying and laughing at the motley characters in each story,  the Director completely knocks you over and concludes the story with a dramatic twist.

First time actors, unconventional cinematography, episodic structure. On one level, this is a completely new and a very militant way of making a movie. Par dobara soche tou, this is really the best way to tell these stories. Unconventional execution ke liye taareef se zyada, Director Dibakar Bannerjee ke courage ki taareef karni chahiye because he has chosen such difficult subjects. On a more deeper level, Dibakar points a mirror at some of modern society’s problems, and does not allow us to look away until we realise the full depth of these problems.

A simple rating of the acting, cinematography, editing, etc is not really possible - because of the nature of this movie, all the bouqets and brickbats must fall in the writers and director’s lap. And the way we see it - the characterisation and screen play are excellent. And once again Delhi and Delhiwaalas are brought alive by Dibakar. So as far as we are concerned, we only have bouqets for this militant effort by director.

LSD is not for the faint hearted. Some might even find LSD deeply disturbing. At the very least, LSD is unsettling. Most people will either love it, or hate it. But we still recommend that you watch LSD, preferably alone. We give it 4 stars out of 5.

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