Director Dibakar Banerjee, who has set out to explore "voyeurism" through Love, Sex Aur Dhokha, is prepared for the reactions and believes that the
movie, with its bold content, will lead to a healthy debate.
"I am prepared for all the feedback coming my way. Whenever someone attempts something entirely different, there are questions raised. I am happy to have made a film like this which is bound to lead to a healthy debate," Dibakar told PTI in an interview.
A Bengali by birth but "Delhi at heart" boy, Dibakar has not looked back since his film Khosla Ka Ghosla, a humorous take on the land mafia in the capital cit. His film Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, based on the true story of a Delhi thief, won the National award for the best popular film recently.
The latest film features a bunch of newcomers with no mainstream trappings to it. Also, sex and voyeurism form a major driving force of the narrative which is now ready and marching forward in post production.
"I think each story is just being read as a headline today and something that we forget in a week's time. Have we ever wondered that there could actually be stories behind each of the stories that are unfortunately relegated to being headlines?," he said.
"When audiences read such a so-called story, there is actually a lot more that just meets the eye. This is what I am trying to convey through Love Sex Aur Dhokha where a hidden camera playing a character by itself," Dibakar said.
A quick search on the internet reveals that in the history of Bollywood cinema, not a single mainstream film has ever seen 'sex' forming a part of the title, let aside it being a title by itself.
The only time when anything remotely related to sex has found a mention in the title of a Hindi film, it has been for Esha Koppikhar's long-decaying-in-the-cans Haseena - Smart, Sexy, Dangerous.
However, 1989 Hollywood film Sex, Lies, and Videotape continues to be a favourite on the home video circuit more than 20 years after it's release. Hollywood is also not very liberal as only dozens of mainstream films boast of 'sex' as an integral element.
"People ask me why the word 'sex' as a title of the film. My argument is that this film by itself is a comment on the fact that when just a word like 'sex' is thrown up, there are so many crazy expectations that come to people's mind.
Doesn't that say it all? Having said that, the film has oodles of humour and drama that audience would enjoy," he said. The film, which has been produced by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Telefilms, is aiming for a March release.