Director: Vishal Pandya
Cast: Sharman Joshi, Karan Singh Grover, Zarine Khan, Daisy Shah
Directed by Vishal Pandya, Hate Story 3 is one of those films, which leaves you wondering what it was. The film is a stale cocktail of lust, betrayal, revenge and vengeance but with the flawed execution. Barring Sharman Joshi, no one seems to be even trying to act. Hate Story 3 has a good plot but by the time the film picks up pace, it is too late.
The story begins with the popular business tycoon Aditya Diwan (Sharman Joshi) and his better half Siya Singh (Zarine Khan) who run the family business after the sad demise of Aditya's elder brother Vikram Diwan (Priyanshu Chaterjee). Kaaya (Daisy Shah) heads the advertising department in Aditya’s company. Enters, an unknown businessman named Saurav Singhania (Karan Singh Grover) who shows interest in Aditya's company and makes him an unbelievable deal. What follows is Aditya and Siya's struggle to uncover Saurav's real intentions. Thereafter, erotic revenge thriller takes the audience through complex relationships, forged love, hidden hatred and reprisal.
Unlike the steamy scenes in satin lingeries as shown in the trailer, the film doesn’t have a lot of skin show. Except the interrupted songs, Hate Story 3 has nothing sleaze to offer. The film is an erotica in disguise and the songs have been used a promotional tool to grab the audience to the theatres. Zarine Khan and Daisy Shah try enough to woo by undressing themselves but the fun spoils when it is not required. Specifically the scene where Daisy flaunts her assets in the pool and her dance number where she goes wild in her black leather cut out swimsuit.
The acting by the lead cast is a yawn fest. Just one film old Karan Singh Grover leaves you infuriate with his dreadful facial expressions. Looks like, Daisy Shah is sailing in the same boat. After debuting with Jai Ho opposite Salman Khan where she hardly acted, she seems to be way away from her mark. Zarine is barely passable and also her glamourous dialogue deliveries especially in the intense scenes are comical. Sharman Joshi is the only saving grace in the film and somewhat lives up to the expectation. There are unnecessary songs in the film, which has no sync with the narrative of the story.
Hate Story 3 has so many twists that after a while you start recollecting Abbas Mustan’s hit multi-starer thriller Race. Director Vishal Pandya's story is complex but the way it is narrated is laughable. Once the film is on the verge of unfolding the truth, you are bound to feel that Hate Story 3 is a modified version of films like Raqeeb and Race with a little altered climax.
It is strange that how easily the Censor Board allows the producers to make their actors shout F word out loud. Why was then in the case of Angry Indian Goddesses, that every cuss word was beeped. Cinematographer Prakash Kutty has shot the film well especially the portions inside huge mansions. It is funny that how conveniently the director has shown a popular college as courtroom. Surprisingly, music by Meet Bros and Amaal Malik is ear piercing except for the recreation of Tumhe Apna Bana Ne Ki and Wajah Tum Ho.
Watch Hate Story 3 only if you are an ardent follower of the franchise else not a good pick this weekend.