Review: Hate Story 2

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Hate Story 2 is sequel to the erotic thriller that created ripples in Hindi cinema. The theme remains the same, what changes with this film is the treatment of the subject.

Monika (Surveen Chawla) is exploited by a corrupt politician named Mandar Mhatre (Sushant Singh). She is his mistress and fails to break free from his shackles. She tries to find and savor a simple life in photography and falls in love with a fellow student, Akshay (Jay Bhanushali). She warns him about her tainted past and present but he continues to be with her and not leave her side. Mandar finds this out and what happens next is anyones guess.

With a somewhat predictable story line, Hate Story 2 fails to make an impact. The film largely relies on its female lead both in terms of its performance and physicality. Surveen dares to bare it all in her first film and confidently pulls off some scenes that could give shudders to many others. Even on the acting front she decently essays her part.

Jay Bhanushali and Surveen Chawla both come from the small screen, but play their parts beautifully. Sushant Singh is brilliant in his role as the bad guy.

A revenge saga, if dealt properly, can at least make for an interesting one time watch. However, director Vishal Pandya falters at the basic premise of it. Movies with bolder subjects always grab the attention of the moviegoers and they certainly land into bigger publicity but what finally makes them run at the box office is the content which is lacking here.

Aaj Phir Tumpe, an old hit Bollywood song composed by Laxmikant Pyarelal and originally sung Pankaj Udhas and Anuradha Paudwal, is reworked for this movie by the melodious voices of Arijit Singh and Samira Koppikar. Meet Bros Anjjan’s Pink Lips starring Sunny Leone fails to impress.

Hate Story 2 works partly because of its bold heroine and a somewhat interesting thriller that keeps you hooked till the clumsy end. But it could have been so much more had the script been more cohesive. There is no novelty in the story and it essentially is the usual vendetta saga.