The first promo of this movie stole tranquility of many erotic movie lovers. Paoli Dam, the bad girl in Bengali movies makes her debut in Bollywood and here also she isn't such a good girl. There's nothing such new in vendetta theme. A Girl tries to take revenge on someone who has ruined her life - many told and untold stories have been narrated in the same way. But still, depending on the hotness and sex-quotient of the movie, HATE STORY relied on a very risky position of expectations as the story and narrating of the movie didn't seem much impressing.
There was time when vendetta was served like hot cake in movies. 1970's to 1980's were the most important times. Even movies like AGNEEPATH [Old & New], SHOLAY, V FOR VENDETTA, 1920, KAHAANI and many more are based on the same genre - REVENGE. Vikram Bhatt pens down an erotic tale of vengeance in such a modern time. But we know that his writing has its own individuality and so movies like RAAZ, 1920, KASOOR, RED are a must watch. But in writing HATE STORY, sensitivities, amount of suspense, thrills lacked attendance from him and that can be clearly seen in the movie.
The 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. Thus begins the journey of hatred and brutal vengeance.
This affects everyone around Kaavya, including her family and her best friend Vicky [Nikhil Dwivedi], who secretly loves her.
Such a simple in the shape of brutal story doesn't affect the story but misses chance to glorify the story or be an advantageous element fir a movie. Some things like how Kaavya first sexually makes her movie for the CEO [Joy Sengupta] & the politician [Mohan Kapoor] and then uses them to light the fire for Siddharth. Bhairavi Goswami helped Kaavya to become a sex-worker. Such characters do give the story some meaning but in the end, nothing does matter.
Vikram Bhatt wrote with some sincerity but as I said before, he mainly concentrated on the sensuality part rather than the grip of the story. The script is also by him which is not bad but lacks interest in many places. Dialogues by Rohit Malhotra lack freshness. Cinematography by Attar Singh Saini is strictly OK. Satyajeet Gazmer's editing is average. Abbas Ali Moghul's action direction works in certain parts. Amar Mohile's background music fits the situations perfectly. The soundtrack of the movie is strictly alright and shows no hope but songs like RAAT and DIL KAANCH SA show hope for situations. Giving such good songs in MURDER 2, it was a total disappointment from Harshit Saxena.
Paoli Dam, after working in various Bengali films, works like very subordinate in HATE STORY. As the leading lady and the most important character of the movie, it was a great responsibility to carry out the role perfectly. But she impresses by keeping the anxiety escalating with her tough and titular act. Gulshan Devaiya was impressing in his strong and effective negative role. As the films is featured on the conflict between Paoli & Gulshan, they made wonderful efforts to make this vengeance story pass with great enthusiasm. As seen on, DUM MAARO DUM, THE GIRL WITH THE YELLOW BOOTS and SHAITAN, Gulshan Devaiah always works in the negative and dark roles. Nikhil Dwivedi, the only character who is filled with positive potential in the movie does a very good job. His immense support and friendship helped Kaavya very much till the end of the movie. Mohan Kapoor was good. Joy Sengupta was fine. Iravati, Saurabh Dubey, Gopal and Bhairavi Goswami were very small and negligible.
On the whole, HATE STORY relies on a paper thin plot & survives only for impressing performances by the two leading actors Paoli Dam & Gulshan Devaiah. There's simply no hope for this movie to make a good move but there's something that can save this movie is its bold, inflammatory & provocative scenes that can be liked by some people [No Offence]. Can be easily avoided.