140 Min | Thriller | April 2012
IMDB Rating: 5.1
Director: Vivek Agnihotri
Starring: Paoli Dam, Nikhil Dwivedi, Gulshan Devaiah
Hate Story Review: Hate Story was a complete surprise considering the trailer showed exotic and bold scenes by Paoli Dam, but more than that, it had fine performances by the star cast. Kaavya (Paoli Dam) is a fearless journalist who along with Nikhil (Nikhil Dwedi) performs sting operations. One such operation leads to of exposing of a money deal in India Cementac company which outrages the CEO, Siddhart Dhanrajgir. To avenge his company’s bad name, he plans to destroy Kavya by hiring her in his company and pretend to fall in love with her. Kavya falls into his charm and her life soon turns topsy turvy. She becomes pregnant and soon is almost killed by Siddhart’s goon. She is cast away from her family and friend except Nikhil who helps her at every step. However, she starts planning to bring down Siddhart and his company and becomes a prostitute.
Vivek Agnihotri (Chocolate) has directed an exotic thriller which raise few bars in terms of erotic scenes and abusive languages used in Hate Story. However, the good part of Hate Story is the storyline and decent direction with fine performances. It keeps you entertained till the end and that is where the film delivers. Coming to the performances, Paoli Dam is the captain of the ship. She has displayed her skin immensely in the flick but more than that it is her performances which should be considered. She is excellent in her debut film and will definitely go long way. Another noted performance comes from Gulshan Devaiah. He was effective in the villainous role.
Any film that can be watched 250 odd times and still enthrall has to go down as one of the best. Intense, operatic, melodramatic, overblown and frankly insane. More than any other film, it builds momentum from scene to scene, chugging forward from a slow start to climax with perhaps the most memorable ending in Indian cinema history. Overall, Hate Story is a good watch with nice story, good performances and decent direction.