Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Love Sex Aur Dhoka - Review. Exciting Times for Cinema.


Well, yeah. Watching LSD was like being hit with a bullet at times.
This whole year, since watching Avatar, I've had one thought going around in my head. "What is the future of cinema?" I kept asking myself. And since Avatar, more films have come and gone which have just amplified this thought.

For someone studying "media" - and learning the nuances of filmmaking, it seems very odd now. Odd, because the traditional things we are "taught" in class, do not seem to hold true any longer. In the recent past, all the films that have had captured some mindspace do not conform to traditional "rules" of filmmaking at all.

From technology, the way of telling a story, promoting a film to the audience, the star system - things have changed, they are changing, and these are exciting times!

LSD would not have been possible ten, or even five years previously. Imaging lugging around a film camera in your hand to shoot the first story. Scary! The digital format has made things simpler (and complicated at times, but let's not get into that!) - and things more flexible for the director, and the crew on the whole. While there are people who still prefer the film medium, no one can deny that digital film making has made more experimentation come into film.

Act, structure, treatment - things have changed so much. And, that is acceptable. That is acceptable because the audience an accept the fact that various things are running simultaneously in their lives. It's not a linear life anymore - and thus entertainment has changed too - with a non linear, complex structure with a multitude of layers. I wouldn't really have minded if LSD was just three short films. Then during the second one was one, I realized the connection to the first. And during the third, the shootout was enough for me, I felt, okay, things have been connected. But, then came the last scene, the hospital scene, which connected all the three stories together. That deserved a clap. And clap I did! After the movie, when thinking about it, I realized that their wasn't one scene in the whole movie which was redundant. Till the last scene, the hospital scene was pretty much redundant - but, Dibakar Banerjee, take a bow, the connection between each story, very simple, yet how intriguing. We never realize how we are connected to people. Maybe the stranger who helped you out yesterday in the grocery store is murdered today?

The number of people we know, The number of connections we make. Have we ever wondered what their stories are? How without affecting their lives, we are a part of them? Brilliant!

About the promotion. I believe everyone who stepped into the hall had an idea that the film would be about sex, sex and more sex. Hah! I presume people were disappointed to not get to see anything. But, I also assume that after watching the movie, it was full paisa vasool. This is a new trend these days - not giving the plot away, or misleading the audience with the promotions of a movie. Well, I won't comment on the virtuosity of the same, but, it works, doesn't it?

And the stars are gone I think. More movies with lesser know and unknown actors have been hit films than ones with huge star casts. Brilliant performences by everyone in the film.

I tell you. These are exciting times for cinema. Cinema is evolving. And we're left to wonder what will be thrown at us next.


Rating 4.5/5

Monday, March 22, 2010


Well, Dionysia is here. And the fun times are back again!

Come, join us.

Three options you have!

Eenie. Meenie. Minee. Moe?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Road, Movie. An experience.

A lot has been written about this movie in a lot of places. It has been loved, it has been trashed. Scenes have been discussed to such a level, that there is no need to do it any further.

However, I still wish to write. Not only about the film, but about the experience.

I was waiting for the film, ever since the trailers came out. But, when the film did come out, I somehow wasn't finding time to go and watch it. I was asking people, however, what they thought about the film. Strangely enough, there were very contrasting comments. Some said they loved it. Some said they hated it. From no one, and mind it, no one, I heard anything which was a comment which was in between all these.

And my curiosity peeked further. But still, I somehow couldn't manage time.

Then, this friend of mine, Tanay, came and told me, "This movie is going to be a flop. But I loved it!"

Finally, the plan to go for the movie was made very randomly as another friend and me just went to watch it. Leaving all work aside. Screen number 3, Gold Adlabs (or is it Big Cinemas now, I think), Pune.

As I sat down for the movie, a lot of comments were going around in my head - heard from a lot of people. One of them was, "It was more like a tel advertisement than a movie". Since then, I had wondered what he had meant, and now, I had a chance to figure out for myself whether it was truly a hair oil commercial (?!) or a movie.

And then the movie started.

I don't want to go into the movie, because it has been discussed and discussed a lot. All I want to add is that I found the movie a brilliant piece of work, and no, it wasn't a commercial for hair oil!

I on the other hand want to discuss the audience reaction by what I heard from here and there being loudly whispered.

Bang at half an hour, lo and behold, the interval! Thankfully I knew that it was such, someone had already told me, it being a one and half hour long film, it having it's interval after only half an hour - but, someone should have told that to the crowd. Whispers broke out. Like mad. Confusion, as to whether it was a technical glitch or a deliberate interval. If it were a deliberate interval, then, how long was the movie?! An hour long, that's it? And then - "Why did we pay so much if it's an hour long movie?"

The movie started.

I was half anticipating some of these people to keep a close eye on their watched and cheer when they realized that it was not an hour long movie, but a little longer. My fear was uncalled for, thankfully.

But, the crowd were still muttering. Wondering what the movie was all about, what all was happening. And whistling when the scene between Abhay Deol and Tannishhtha Chatterjee came about. And after that, whistling at almost all point when the two of them were in the frame together.

And finally when the movie got over, the audience was silent for some time - I think it took them a while to realize that the movie had gotten over. While on their way out, they were muttering, most of them.

While on my way back, I was thinking more about the audience than about the film. The film was a cinematic masterpiece, I felt - the truck, the oh so blue truck travelling all over vast desertlands. And oh, the ending titles!

Having watched a lot of films in the recent past, specially international films and having attended a few international film festivals, I felt in the Indian scenario, it was a clutter breaking film, not the usual 3 hour song-dance-drama types and, a true, what to call it, a Festival Material film?

But then, why was it so difficult for the crowd to accept something a little different? Just because the interval wasn't in the middle, just because there was no melodrama, why was it difficult to accept the film? Then, this film education that we, media students receive, and the "intellectualism" we find in films, and the things we discuss as the New Indian Film, are they all rubbish?

Does it still need to be a 3 hour tear jerker to even succeed in a multiplex crowd?

What is wrong with the general public in accepting something new? Is it the problem of just leaving their comfort zones behind, or is there some other, deep rooted problem in the society which needs to be addressed before we start expecting more movies with different ideas and treatments to come about - and then for them to succeed?

(ps. probably, 20 years down the line, this film will be screened in a premiere media college in the country and be discussed as "the New Indian or the New Wave Indian Cinema of the 2000's. Whatever!)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I moved. At least for a bit.

For some reason, blogspot was seeming too cluttered. So, I moved, even if at least for a bit. To wordpress.

Maybe this blog will be there, or it might not be updated again. Or maybe, both will exist side by side, and will be used for different purposes.

Let's see!

Oh yeah, the URL would be http://ayruosblogs.wordpress.com

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

You Shot Me Down, Bang Bang

So, who's been shot down?
Well, no one.

Are you sure?
Well, yeah.

No, you don't seem so sure.
Ahem... well...

Bang bang
You shot me down.

Killed Bill Too. Or should I say Three? 2014. That. 3D, That too.

The Lunatic is back, with his rambling!

Follow me down
Let's see how long the rabbit trail goes.
Or deep and down does it go?
And see a movie, or two, on the road?

Hah. Goli Maara. Dhoka Diya.

Solve this riddle of a post. 100 bucks to the person who can do it!