Dibakar Banerjee was in Kolkata on Wednesday. Groups of people who saw him disembark at the airport mistook him for actor Rajith Kapoor (of Shyam Benegal's Suraj Ka Satwan Ghoda and Mammo fame). The identity-crisis continued all over the city throughout the day even when he introduced himself as a director, people wanted to know if had switched from acting to direction.
Says Dibakar, "All my life I've been mistaken for Rajith. Even our voices are the same. So I'm not surprised. Many years ago when Rajath Kapoor was doing the serial Bhyomkesh Bakshi on Doordarshan, I was often mobbed by fans who thought that was me. "
Dibakar was in Kolkata to promote Love Sex Aur Dhokha. And everywhere Dibakar had to explain he wasn't Rajith Kapoor.
Another question being asked of the director was, who was the star on whom a sting operation was performed in the third story in Love Sex Aur Dhokha.
There are three stories in Love Sex Aur Dhokha all ripping the curtain off the masks of civility that we generally wear. Says the film's director, "The first story is entitled Superhit Pyar. It stars newcomers Anshuman Jha and Shruti as a caste-differentiated couple. The second story is entitled Paap Ki Dukaan. It's about a real-life MMS scandal."
It's the third story Badnaam Shohrat about a sting operation carried out against a film star which is likely to create the maximum furor.
Is the stung star (played by Harry Pangri) based on Shakti Kapoor? "Not at all," says director Dibakar Banerjee.
However, sources insist it is Kapoor whom the third story is modeled on.