Movie Review : Hate Story

Film: 'Hate Story'; Cast: Paoli Dam, Gulshan Devaiah, Nikhil Dwivedi; Director: Vivek Agnihotri, Rating: ***1/2

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movie review of hate story

Film: 'Hate Story'; Cast: Paoli Dam, Gulshan Devaiah, Nikhil Dwivedi; Director: Vivek Agnihotri.

Meet the newest avatar of Maa Kali! The fascist avenging woman has always been a favourite figure of fantasy fashioning for our films. Who can forget Nargis gunning down her own son in Mehboob Khan's 'Mother India'?

The motivations for revenge in 'Hate Story' are not quite the ones that impelled the woman protagonist to rise up in arms in 'Mother India' or for that matter in 'Bhavna', a film directed by 'Hate Story' producer Vikram Bhatt's father Pravin Bhatt, where Shabana Azmi killed her own husband.

Really, who needs a gun to get even when you have sex?

Paoli doesn't give a damn if her bare back or flesh flash across the screen. She displays a healthy attitude of disdain for the camera, letting it swoop down on her vulture style, never allowing her vengeful character's erotic journey to get sleazy, cheesy or lurid. The camera violates her character's privacy with her consent.

'Hate Story' is a tale that invites provocative measures of counter-argument. When the protagonist Kaavya (Paoli Dam) gets down to revenge, she spares no one, least of all herself. She announces she wants to be a sex worker, and thereafter, there's no looking back.

And quite a comely back it is.

Paoli's Kaavya uses her physique to lure her enemy into her trap. Director Vivek Agnihotri cuts into her journey of self-destructive vendetta like a knife.

The episodes sometimes stretch the limits of belief. But what the heck! No one is making a statement here on the politically correct conduct of the Indian woman.

In what can be regarded as one of the most defiantly unconventional debut performances, Paoli lets herself go with the furious flow of her character's vendetta.

The episodes hammer into one another with scarce room to breathe. The pace is dizzy most of the way. And when it slows down, you feel the protagonist's vendetta is losing its steam.

Steamy lovemaking scenes are strewn across the narrative's stricken landscape. The soundtrack suggests there's an urgent tragedy nudging the erotic content. The dialogues by Rohit Malhotra don't shy away from telling it like it is.

Vikram Bhatt's screenplay is Sidney Sheldon territory. It doesn't shy away from showing the heroine in an unflattering light. This is new-age cinema with no room for conventional narrative devices or apologies for what the protagonist sets out to do.

movie review of hate storyIf in 'The Dirty Picture', Vidya Balan wore her sexuality on her sleeve, in 'Hate Story', Paoli uses her sexuality like a favoured currency in the stock market.

Mint-fresh and shock-proof, Paoli interprets her character with vigorous conviction. As her adversary Gulshan Devaiah (so watchable in 'Shaitan' and 'That Girl In Yellow Boots') careens between rage and anguish quite effortlessly.

'Hate Story' is not quite the tale of the simpering wronged woman we've been seeing in our films since the time Adam impregnated Eve.

'Hate Story' pushes the envelope so hard, all the contents spill out in a torrential tumble of tantalising power-play set within the world of corporate battles and gender conflicts.

This is a most riveting and aesthetic saga of a woman's revenge against the man who's wronged her since R.K. Nayyar's 'Inteqaam' -- except for the fact that Paoli does things Sadhana in Nayyar's film could have never imagined.

Rating: ***1/2


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  • Posted on: 19 May 2012 at 12:55pmfiestaboyke

    is the movie available for dvd sale? I am European and would like to buy the dvd or blu ray but can't find it in European online stores ...

  • Posted on: 22 April 2012 at 12:33pmShaina_b

    The plot is same as the Sony miniseries "Shaurat, Nafrat aur Showbiz"!!!!!

  • Posted on: 22 April 2012 at 12:19pmAdd123

    If Bollywood starts producing movies such as this more often, I won't be surprised if the new generation of India takes influence ... this is ruining the culture ... and is OTT ... One of the best movies of B'town is DDLJ ... the movie is a pure sweet and non-vulgur love story ... and it still manages to stay at the top ... directors need to think "clean" for once. -.-

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  • Posted on: 22 April 2012 at 12:15pmKai.

    i just watched the movie and i must say i was surprised!! The film has a very strong script combined with powerful acting and perfectly blending music!!

    The trailer does not do proper justice to the film...it makes it look like an erotic sex oriented movie when in fact it has a very solid well layered plot of a woman who seeks revenge. Sex scenes are bit too bold but are only used as per the requirement of the story. The dialogues are well written without overdose of swearing or abusive language!

    It is not suitable for all sections of the audience but it is a must watch for people who want to see meaningful cinema.

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  • Posted on: 22 April 2012 at 6:48ampaagalbandar

    Amir khan produces movies too, and they are more hit than this Bhatt dude...And there is no sign of vulgarity in Amir's movie.. It also has different concepts without exposing women...So, how is it that This Bhat dude thinks that he is coming up with new idea, when only thing he is doing is copying and pasting movies from other languages and exposing indian women...Dude if we want to see these movie, we could just see Hollywood movies, why would we see your copyrighted version of it...Boo to vikram Bhatt and all Bhatt's who are provoking indian man and ruining what is left of our culture :(

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  • Posted on: 22 April 2012 at 5:32amaishwaryagayen

    no doubt paoli is one of the best actress in tollywood and now she will rock bollywood ... other actresses walked canes for products but it was just paoli who walked there as an actress ... from non-commercial films and sophisticated acting to this bold avatar /// she is just simply sensuous ... and atleast she has all the acting skill ... which other "jawanis" lack most of the time ... lets not compare her guys ... she did whatever the script demanded .. and the HYPROCITES can just shut up.. everyone wants to see her naked and now when she is .. then they BLOODY TALK ..
    btw IF have some respect stop copying and pasting reviews from yahoo .. they posted this stuff yesterday onlyy ...

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  • Posted on: 22 April 2012 at 1:18amaanyakunat

    interesting... when i saw the trailers i thought it'll be another one of those sleazefests... but going by reviews by both critics as well as the audience it seems the movie does have a plot...

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  • Posted on: 21 April 2012 at 5:36pmMohabbateinn

    Oh PLEASE! Don't even try to compare Katrina Kaif with Paoli Dam. There are very few actresses who can do bold songs with sheer class, and beauty-- and without doubt, Katrina Kaif is one of those actresses. From the trailers, this actress comes off as cheap and vulgar.

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  • Posted on: 21 April 2012 at 4:11pmBWSweetu

    What a hypocritical society!
    A Katrina kaif dancing with her almost exposed assets in Sheila ki jawani and chikni chameli is considered "hot" and "classy" whereas an actress like Paoli Dam who does bold scenes as per the requirement of the script is "disgusting"?...Kritz08

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  • Posted on: 21 April 2012 at 2:09pmkheya-mayur

    she is a briliant actress no doubt ...

    but i dont lyk such bold avater!!! i donno why todays actresses are so much interested in showing bare body!

    capture the good things of western society not the bad one man!!!!!
    beeing open minded n modern does not mean u have to open ur body too .

    i was gowing through the coments n was thinking ...its not only this girl almost all the indian actress are interested in showing body .cricket ,movie every where girls are using as showpiece!!!

    doing for script requirement idea i cant get!!!!
    they can make things understand in a sober way .
    if they cant then why are they actress!!!
    be it katrian or paoli dam .decency is needed .
    i still cant get if smoking seen is cencored in CHIKNI CHAMELY rhen why not the bold dancing step of katrian or naked dress up of heroins or item girls .
    though the bare back poster of this movie has been cencored in kolkata .


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