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Lies, sex and DVD

Dibakar Banerjee is shocked to see LSD’s legit DVDs hit stores, says he wasn’t aware of the plan.

entertainment Updated: Apr 09, 2010, 11:15 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Dibakar Banerjee, the director of Love Sex Aur Dhokha was in for a rude shock when he found legit DVDs of his film on the stands this week. The film, produced by Alt Entertainment, is still running to relatively packed houses in cinema halls and is registering a 40 per cent collection on an average.

When asked, Banerjee said that he knew that the material had been sent to Moserbaer for the production of the DVDs, but he didn’t know that they would be released even before the film was taken off the theatres.L.S.Dhoka?“I didn’t know that the production company had such plans.

I was aware that the movie had been sent to bring out the home video versions, but I am really disappointed that the DVDs are already out. I’m sure exhibitors will be affected by this. And I recently shot for the director’s comments to be incorporated in the DVD. I had plans of adding extra footage to it. I don’t know what I’ll do now,” rues the director.

When prodded whether he’d want to talk across the table with producer Ekta Kapoor, he says he has no such plans. “I’m sure they had some strategy in mind. I just hope the marketing team knows what they’re doing. I’m upset, but then I can’t undo this,” he says.

Recently, Banerjee faced allegations about his film being inspired by a 15-minute short called, Udaan, made by Abhay Kumar, that won the jury award at the MAMI Film Festival 2010. Buzz also says that LSD also borrows heavily from a 2007-film called Look, that was released only on DVD.

The director has refuted any similarities between Udaan and LSD. When asked about Look, he says everyone must watch Look before passing any such judgements. “We had watched various films as reference materials for our film. The list includes Look,Zero Day, Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield and The Blairwitch Project.

But that doesn’t mean that my film is a frame-by-frame copy of any of these films. We have shot LSD on handycams and other such cameras. The approach could have been the same because Look was about security cameras planted around the city. But I refuse to believe that my film was copied from any other,” he argues.

News has it that Abhay Deol has shown keen interest in producing Banerjee’s next, which is an untitled political thriller. When asked, Banerjee said that Deol has not shown any interest in investing money in his film. “Abhay and I chat everyday about my film.I am passionate about my political thriller and Abhay and I have been discussing the creative nuances of the project. We’re in talks over only a prominent role as of now,” said he.

The director of Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! recently became a father to a baby girl. When asked the new dad, he says that his wife and he had wanted a child for a long time: “It’s a thousand times better than what I had thought the experience would be. I am enjoying every minute of it. I am taking it easy after LSD. I want to spend time with my little angel as much as I can.”


LSD was the first film to be completed in 30 days.
It’s produced by Ekta Kapoor, the soap queen, under her new banner, Alt Entertainment. The film revolves around three stories of love, sex and betrayal.
It toplines newcomers.
It has been shot on basic PD cameras, CCTVs and a spy cam.

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