Neha Dhupia had once famously said “Only sex and SRK sell.”
Well, guess what? Not anymore!
Paoli Dam, fresh from the controversy of Chatrak, was the ideal candidate for playing the part of a strip queen in Vivek Agnihotri’s portrayal of his hatred for cinema which quite surprisingly failed to hot up many a couches.
Director Vivek Agnihotri’s previous attempts at sabotaging Indian cinema were Dan Dana Dan Goal (just read the title, who on earth does that?) and Chocolate (a Usual Suspects rip-off).
The plot is “I am a thinking woman journalist…I exposed a big firm and later also took a job there (I am so intelligent)…oh no, I was sucker punched…Ouch…Now I want revenge…How?…I will be a classy hooker and sleep around”.
No wonder, the story was penned by Vikram Bhatt. Who? THE Vikram Bhatt? Yes, the same guy who made a movie where ghosts/spirits made out in 3D.
Revenge can be a powerful tool to push a movie. The brightest examples being Zanjeer, Baazigar, Anjaam, Dushman or Sholay. This film is remotely about anything but revenge. It does not even have the kind of sex it promised (as seen in the promos) to a nation crippled by its censor board.
Gulshan Devaiah, one of the most promising actors in the scene right now should be more careful picking his movies. Nikhil Dwivedi is wasted after a fair job in ‘Shor In The City’. Paoli Dam is no doubt tremendously attractive but the actress we see in Hate Story is clueless.
If you want revenge, then why not straight ahead go and kill your guy or girl? Why would a woman want to sleep around with big shots to get her revenge? And why is every male in the movie a testosterone charged creature? This is preposterous. The story might be stuff of wet dreams for the filmmakers, but fortunately Indian viewers have seen better stuff.
Hate Story is neither Basic Instinct nor Kill Bill. No sex, no revenge. Heck it’s not even Karan Arjun. Mamta Kulkarni used to bare much more.