India gets it's first digital film - LSD - "Love Sex aur Dhokha"

Directed by Dibakar Banerjee
and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures,
"LSD Love Sex aur Dhokha" (loosely translated as Love, Sex and Betrayal)
is India's premier digital film.

The film is entirely shot on digital camera and makes the point that full length feature films can be shot inexpensively. With one being able to save over Rs 40 lakhs shooting on digital, he expects many filmmakers making movies under Rs 5 crores to junk the conventional mode of 35mm film. A film maker with a limited budget would rather spend on the film's promotion with the savings.

Movies in India are being shot today for a niche audience, Making a good product is just as important as marketing it. Both these costs if not managed could make the film unviable. Risks need to be mitigated as much as possible, Costs need to be controlled.

Like in his films, Dibakar has innovated even with his choice of camera. He chose to go digital, Although, his reason was not to save cost but to add a certain character to the film that only seemed possible through digital. He was able to add a unique dimension to his films (the camera is a character in the film) and also save valuable time and money. Digital means no expensive raw stock, no negative processing, no telecine costs, smaller units, faster shoots.

However, Dibakar is not the first to shoot in digital in India although he is the first Indian director. Danny Boyle, like many other firsts, has this first to his name too. He shot SLUMDOG MILLIONNAIRE on digital since he was adamant that he did not want to take large, cumbersome 35mm cameras into the slums. He wanted to use smaller, more flexible, digital cameras to enable them to shoot quickly with minimal disturbance to the natural flow and communities. Besides saving money in the process, it was much simpler to process.

Dibakar Banerjee (born 1969)
is an Indian film director and screenwriter
who is most known for films
Khosla Ka Ghosla (2006) and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! (2008)
both of which won National Film Awards

Director of LSD, Dibakar Banerjee states," LSD is a digital film with a hidden camera playing a character by itself! I've shot the film on a digital format with a hand-held camera. In the film, there are different camera angles, like that of a spy-cam, a mobile cam and a close circuit camera. Normally the digital format is used by a filmmaker for the lack of choices. But for LOVE SEX AUR DHOKHA, the digital format was the only choice"

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