Rating: (2/5) Two stars
Star cast: Paoli Dam, Gulshan Devaiah, Nikhil Dwivedi, Mohan Kapoor, Joy Sengupta, Saurabh Dubey.
What’s Good: The explicit scenes; the drama in the second half; Gulshan Devaiah’s performance.
What’s Bad: The predictable screenplay; the absence of any high points in the drama; a few unintentionally funny scenes; the slow pace of the narrative.
Verdict: Hate Story is an average fare at best.
Loo break: A couple, especially in the climax.
Watch or Not?: Watch it if you want to see a revenge drama that goes half way.
BVG Films’ Hate Story is a revenge drama. Kavvya Krishna (Paoli Dam) is a journalist who exposes a corruption scandal which implicates Siddharth Dhanrajgir (Gulshan Devaiah), an industrialist. To get back at Kavvya, Siddharth offers her a cushy job. Kavvya accepts the job and ends up sleeping with him. Siddharth then fires her. When Kavvya learns that she is pregnant with Siddharth’s child, she threatens him. Siddharth gets her kidnapped and makes sure that she can never conceive again.
Kavvya, who has now been ostracised by everybody but her photographer-friend, Vicky (Nikhil Dwivedi), decides to take revenge on Siddharth. She trains to become the most famous prostitute of Delhi. She gets into bed with anybody who can help her destroy Siddharth’s company and his life. Vicky, who secretly loves Kavvya, lets her stay in his house but hates her for becoming a prostitute.
Kavvya finds out secrets about Siddharth’s company by sleeping with his company’s CEO (Joy Sengupta). She then makes sure that Siddharth bids and wins a deal that will entail financial losses for his company, much to Siddharth’s father, Kumar Dhanrajgir’s (Saurabh Dubey) chagrin. Kumar asks Siddharth to clean up the mess or to lose control of the company.
What happens next? Is Kavvya able to exact her revenge on Siddharth? Or does the cunning Siddharth win the battle of wits? What about Vicky? The rest of the drama answers these questions.
Hate Story Review: Script Analysis
Vikram Bhatt’s story is ordinary and predictable. However, Bhatt’s screenplay works in parts because of the mind games between the two opponents, Kavvya and Siddharth. The screenplay also creates ample scope for explicit scenes (many of which have remained uncensored, in spite of a few obvious cuts). The second half is much more arresting than the first half, which has several scenes that are unintentionally funny.
Also, the pace of the drama slackens at intervals, leaving the audience bored. Several obvious questions pop up in the viewer’s mind: why does Kavvya, who is shown to be a competent journalist, get into bed with her nemesis so easily just after she has exposed him? Why does she turn to the world’s oldest profession when she could have easily used her investigating skills to find out secrets about Siddharth’s company and thus, seek her revenge? These and several others points have been conveniently ignored, maybe, just to bring in the element of sex. However, this makes the drama less believable.
Dialogues, penned by Rohit Malhotra, should have been much more impactful.
Hate Story Review: Star Performances
Paoli Dam is good in some scenes and not so good in others. Gulshan Devaiah gives a confident performance as Siddharth. His change of personality when he is in front of his father is impressive. Nikhil Dwivedi gives a restrained performance in a short role. Mohan Kapoor is fine as the corrupt minister. Joy Sengupta does alright as the CEO. Iravati Harshe is alright as the CEO’s wife. Saurabh Dubey leaves a mark as Kumar Dhanrajgir. Bhairavi Goswami has little to do. Others offer average support.
Hate Story Review: Direction & Music
Vivek Agnihotri’s direction leaves a lot to be desired as his narrative works only in the second half. Besides, he is not able to make the drama convincing enough. The film also, unfortunately, lacks any highlight scenes, apart from the explicit ones, which will appeal to a section of the audience. Harshit Saxena’s music and Kumaar’s lyrics are alright. Background music, by Amar Mohile, is very good. Attar Singh Saini’s cinematography is eye-catching. Editing, by Satyajeet Gazmer, is sharp. Action, by Abbas Ali Moghul, is functional.
Hate Story Review: The Last Word
On the whole, Hate Story is a half-baked revenge drama which works in parts. While the explicit scenes and the second half are its plus points, they are just not enough to create positive word of mouth publicity.