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Hate Story 3  : Suspense, skin & steam
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Friday, December 4, 2015
Thriller
Vishal Pandya
Sharman Joshi, Zarine Khan, Karan Singh Grover, Daisy Shah, Puja Gupta

You can almost feel Vikram Bhatt’s hand writing this screenplay which is so much like some of his more successful films have been. He shares the writing credit with Madhuri Banerji  but Vikram’s formula is evident.

 

Influential industrialist Aditya Diwan has it all – a sprawling empire, high-level contacts and beautiful wife Siya by his side. Never mind her wrestler’s thighs.

 

But game spoiler Saurav Singhania has blown into town. He’s compiled Aditya’s complete history and is willing to fund him any amount without interest. What Saurav desires in return is what no self-respecting husband can give another man – one night with wife Siya.

 

Soon Diwan Industries is hit by sabotage. What does mystery man Saurav really want? And who is he anyway? His goal seems to be simple: the downfall of Aditya.

 

Aditya decides to pick up the gauntlet. But it backfires on him, again and again. He’s in danger of losing his business, his reputation, his political reach, everything he holds dear. When yet another charge is hurled at him – the murder of loyal worker Kavya.

 

It’s when Siya finally decides to give Saurav what he wants that she discovers who he is.

 

There are enough twists and turns to keep the story going. And director Vishal Pandya packs it with the Hate Story franchise’s mainstay: plenty of skin and steamy song picturisations. Top it with suspense and there’s a carefully-budgeted box-office winner.

 

One did wonder why the picky Sharman Joshi strayed into territory that’s not quite A-grade. But as Aditya Diwan, Sharman goes from playing victim to villain, and has plenty to justify his talent and presence.  Karan Grover as Saurav Singhania gets to show his body and walks away with all the steamy scenes with Zarine Khan, who was once known as Fatrina, and with Daisy Shah who is also one of Salman Khan’s discoveries.  The two well-endowed girls sway, pout, smooch and seduce as required.  Priyanshu Chatterjee makes a pleasant appearance to add another twist to the mystery.

 

Ultimately, it’s all about a crime behind every big-time business and yes, the favourite theme of never take anyone at face value, especially a woman.

 

If you don’t look for svelte girls or too much sophistication, and if you’re not hung up on silly questions about logic, Vishal Pandya’s Hate Story 3 successfully takes the franchise forward, leaving plenty of room for many more in the series. Packed with listenable songs, the whole package works.

 

For a film that provides suspense and sex, Hate Story 3 gets a 3* rating.   

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Journalist & Author

 

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