Cast: Sharman Joshi, Karan Singh Grover, Zarine Khan, Daisy Shah, Priyanshu Chatterjee
Director: Vishal Pandya
Billed as an erotic revenge thriller, this third segment of the ‘Hate Story’ franchise may have an entirely new star cast, characters and some new twists to its hate proclivities but the mechanics and the semantics here are the same as before. It’s a billed attempt by its makers to redefine the erotic thriller but there’s nothing much different from the first two salvos. So called Eroticism and revenge take top billing here and steaming up the lens appears to be much more important than telling a credible story.
Aditya Diwan (Sharman Joshi), an industrialist, who is deeply and madly in love with his wife Siya (Zarine Khan) is aghast when Richie-rich Saurav Singhania (Karan Singh Grover) makes his own version of ‘indecent proposal.’
Kavya (Daisy Shah) is the behind-the-scenes employee that double-deals between the two men. Saurav of course plays out his villainy with traditional, antiquated deep-seated, tongue-lisping relish and it’s definitely not a sight for sore eyes. The camera as expected lingers on the body parts as though there’s little else on show…and that’s quite true here.
Vikram Bhatt and Anupam Saroj’s adds on a flurry of events in an attempt to make the thrills more than just skin-deep but it just doesn’t work. In fact nothing can make the weariness of this experience go away -not even the haphazardly orchestrated final flourish that involves familiar shenanigans, sibling one-upmanship and an explosion.
Zarine Khan and Daisy Shah provide the risqué moments with élan but when called upon to show their talent, they fall flat. The less said about Karan Singh Grover, the better. As for Sharman Joshi, it does look like he’s been forced into the role. He looks more like a doe stunned by the flash of powerful headlights!