The young Indian adult who enters a multiplex to see Hate Story already knows a lot about the film. He saw the posters and did not fail to be challenged by the multitude of articles and video clips that abound on the Internet. He knows it's a story of blood and sex, maybe with a little bit of feeling, we're still in Bollywood.
Love has killed his soul, his body wants revenge
At first glance, the story is a bit strange. Our heroine, Kaavya Krishna (Paoli Dam) is an ambitious and energetic young journalist. With the help of her kind colleague Vicky (Nikhil Dwivedi), she gets a scoop that undermines the reputation of the cement factory Cementec Infra led by son-to-dad Siddharth Dhanrajgir (Gulshan Devaiah). In order to avenge the affront and break Kaavya, the tycoon conceives a Machiavellian plan.
He offers her a very well paid job and seduces her with deviousness, two proposals that she enthusiastically accepts. Then he rejects her brutally, without having seriously threatened her. Kaavya is gravely shaken by this sentimental-professional disappointment and discovers that she is pregnant with Siddharth.
She then makes the mistake of trying to seduce him, but he reacts very brutally. He has it removed, aborted and sterilized. Kaavya goes up the hill and decides to take revenge on Siddharth by ruining his industrial empire "stone by stone". To access the bigwigs and gather information essential to her retaliation, she turns to prostitution.
Until then, it's okay...
Hate Story is an erotic thriller written and produced by Vikram Bhatt and released on Indian screens in April 2012. The production was left to Vivek Agnihotri which is the third film, the previous three did not leave a footprint indelible in the memory of moviegoers. However, he does an honorable job here and this modest genre film is rather removed. We're not bored. On the other hand, we are not dazzled by the realization that accumulates clichés like a squirrel nuts.
A film centered on a strong woman who takes revenge on a hateful man is not new, even in Bollywood. Kajol had already had to face his monster in Dushman of the Bhatt brothers. But the story then was much more moving, and especially Kajol was much more inspiring than Paoli Dam who was obviously chosen for reasons other than her acting skills.
The role of the villain is here endorsed by Gulshan Devaiah, who was discovered in a small hit in That Girl in Yellow Boots. He is rather comfortable in his hideous costume lost in a universe that exceeds him. And one begins to think that he could have turned if the circumstances had been different.
but there, it does not go anymore and it could even very badly finish
Truce of gossip, it is time to answer the question that teases the male spectator who plans to spend more than two hours in front of a screen. Is Hate Story as hot as the intense promotional campaign implied? Unfortunately, three times alas, it is clear that the film is very elliptical on the subject. Not the shadow of a roundness or any other plump form to put under the glittering eye. It's impossible to tell if Paoli Dam has only the face that is emaciated. We guess that the painful cuts made by the censorship committee have removed some of the film's salt. But that did not prevent it from maintaining its classification for adults.
The soundtrack does contain some snorts and other noisy gasps but we are not on the radio, and the young male acne will not be missed. Unfortunately for the authors, what could appear as a bewildering transgression in Jism, became a distressing banality nine years later. This probably explains that the public did not rush into the halls to see Hate Story. Perhaps it was reserved for Jism 2 which promises so much more.
Kaavya in avenging costume
What remains then to this erotic thriller if the "erotic" element is absent? Suspense or tension maybe? Unfortunately, the story is very linear and the characters are presented without great empathy. As a result, we are little surprised and even less affected by what happens to them. The scenario contains some surprises, but they derive from its total improbability. It is difficult, for example, to adhere to the idea that a smart, helpless young woman is trying to blackmail a violent and extremely powerful tycoon.
It's even more amazing that he did not sink it straight into a deck stack. But what about the choice of luxury prostitution as a means of revenge? And who can believe that the men of power that it attracts in its nets with a disconcerting facility, lengthen all their professional secrets without any resistance?
In the absence of images or plot, music could perhaps carry us? Uh... no. Hate Story has three songs that are mostly pretty cool. The award goes to Mahe Jaan played during key moments of the film, including the "inflamed" night of love between Kaavya and Sid. It's so syrupy that it instantly causes heartburn. But, the real crime is Raat sung by Sunidhi Chauhan in Mukti Mohan's cheap item number. How could the sublime Sheila Ki Jawani of Tees Maar Khan be so committed?
and without, but it's still the vendetta
This very small B grade movie surfs on the "erotic" wave that is dear to the Bhatt brothers. But we are still very far from the account and nothing is shown or even suggested. Unfortunately for the producer, the film's argument made the family public flee and the lack of transgression disappointed the urban youth. The height of misfortune, the honest direction cannot alone compensate for a poor story, written mainly to put the heroine in a situation. But Hate Story looks at each other and then forgets itself. It's not so bad.