Years Before Black Mirror, We Had Love Sex Aur Dhokha


Years Before Black Mirror, We Had Love Sex Aur Dhokha

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


ack in 2010, when fast-paced internet was still a distant reality and everything from the dahi bhallas on our plate to the kidney stones in our tracts had not been linked to our Aadhaar, Dibakar Banerjee gave us a lesson on the dangers of pervasive technology. The lesson might not have had the sleekness or technical finesse of Charlie Brooker’s missives from Black Mirror, but it was equally scary.  

Love Sex Aur Dhokha, which turns eight today, is an anthology comprising three shorts that are bound together by the “found footage” format (made popular by The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity). It brings together narrative devices like CCTV footage, camcorder tapes, and hidden cameras to tell us the story. For an industry still tripping on non sequitur dance sequences in the middle of stories, LSD marked a massive shift in storytelling, especially for our popcorn-throwing, hero-worshipping janta.