Movie: Hate Story

Cast: Paoli Dam, Gulshan Devaiah, Nikhil Dwivedi

Director: Vivek Agnihotri

Jagran rating: Average

Story Line: This movie is based on age-old vendetta theme. Hate Story revolves around Kaavya (Paoli Dam) and her transformation from a simple middle class journalist to a sex worker to seek revenge. Kaavya, who doesn't have anything to lose anymore, uses her sexuality as a lethal weapon to rip Siddharth (Gulshan Devaiah) apart by using everyone connected to him one way or another.

Paoli's character in the movie uses her physique to lure her enemy into her trap. Director Vivek Agnihotri cuts into her journey of self-destructive vendetta like a knife.

The episodes hammer into one another with scarce room to breathe. The pace is dizzy most of the way. And when it slows down, you feel the protagonist's vendetta is losing its steam.

Steamy lovemaking scenes are strewn across the narrative's stricken landscape. The soundtrack suggests there's an urgent tragedy nudging the erotic content. The dialogues by Rohit Malhotra don't shy away from telling it like it is.

Thumbs Up: Mint-fresh and shock-proof, Paoli interprets her character with vigorous conviction. As her adversary Gulshan Devaiah (so watchable in "Shaitan" and "That Girl in Yellow Boots") careens between rage and anguish quite effortlessly. What makes the movie watchable is the vengeance aspect on the whole, the bold and provocative scenes that add spice to the flick. Though engaging in parts, there's no denying that the second hour seizes your attention, making it a watchable experience.

Thumbs Down: Touted as India’s first official erotic thriller, Hate Story offers nothing to thrill. Even the much anticipated skin show fails to show up. The story is super predictable, writing sloppy, acting bad, dialogues laughable.

On the whole, Hate story is neither spectacular nor boring; it is based on the same old vendetta theme which we are used to since decades. One time watch for its erotic thriller.

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