The film is directed by Vishal Pandya.
Let me start of with a disclaimer...this review is totally pointless in its existence, just like the plot of the film. This film will be a hit, no matter what I say here, going by the packed show I witnessed in the morning, thronged by girls more than boys. So all I can do is try making this review as entertaining as possible because I am sure you are going for the movie even if I tell you not to! So let me start...
What's it about
Once upon a time in Mumbai, there was a happy couple - a successful industrialist Aditya Diwan (Sharman Joshi) and his sexy wife Siya (Zareen Khan). To establish their love, in case you have any doubts, within five minutes of the beginning, you have the molestation of Sadak song Tumhe Apna Banane, where Sharman Joshi claws his way through Zareen Khan. Soon the villain of their 'idyllic' love story enters in the form of a rich mysterious tycoon, Sourav Singhania (Karan Singh Grover), who has a permanent smirk pasted on his face, and has a penthouse that faces Mumbai skyline which is as real as the plot of the film. To establish that he is a man who lives on the edge, the director actually makes him stand on the edge on his parapet for his entry scene! Well, coming back to the plot, Sourav entices Aditya with an expensive car, and invites him to his house. For some reason, Aditya tags his wife along with him, where Sourav is shown getting 'infatuated' with her. He offers a lot of money to Aditya if he allows Siya to spend a night with him. Aditya, being his Siya Ke Ram, naturally refuses. So Sourav begins to sabotage his businesses, starting off by poisoning his cola production. To counter his moves, Aditya sends his Girl Friday, Kaya (Daisy Shah) to Sourav to seduce the man and find out what he really wants. See, Kaya is an really interesting character, a 'successful' corporate employee, who is willing to sleep around with random men just so that her boss is happy (Madhur Bhandarkar, please note...someone just stole your plot of Corporate!). So the lucky frontbenchers and Karan Singh Grover get to ogle Daisy Shah in various states of undress. But Sourav, being a smart cookie, smells out the double cross, and plays around it. Soon Aditya finds himself trapped in various legal complications, including murder. Will he and Siya be able to come out of the trap laid in front of them? Will Siya agree to spend a night with Sourav? Who the hell is Sourav? Why am I still writing the plot when the only reason you are watching the film is to see the smooches and Zareen Khan and Daisy Shah taking off their clothes?
Well, the ladies are hot and so is Karan Singh Grover (Sorry Sharman bhaiyya!). I mean, that's the only reason why there are there were so many girls at the show. The plot moves at a decent pace, throwing twist after twist on you for the major runtime. Though these twists can be sniffed away from a mile, at least it keeps the narrative engaging. Among the performances, it's only Karan Singh Grover who manages to make some sort of impact, even if there is that annoying permanent smirk pasted on his face. And oh yes...there is a lot of skin show on display, and none seems censored!
Hate Story 3 is like if Demi Moore's Indecent Proposal is written by Vikram Bhatt and directed by Abbas-Mustan in one of their bad days. The real director of the film, Vishal Pandya, knows that the film's audience is only there to see the sleaze, therefore never bothered to think if the plot makes some sense. But if people who come to see a skin flick and leave out of the hall, muttering curses about the idiocy of the plot, you know things have gone wrong. Though there are enough twists in the film, the reason for why they exists is so stupid that you may want to choke on your popcorn. When we finally come to realise why Sourav want to destroy Aditya in the first place, I can bet your hand will not resist meeting your forehead. It forces you to question why exactly did Sourav take such a complicated way to wreck vengeance on Aditya, when he can do it in a far more simpler way? Also what was the reason behind his insistence on sleeping with Siya? Was it to show that tattoo, which she only sees after they have sex and not during the act? The film deliberately tries to mislead you by throwing a lot of red herrings. This is third film of the year, after Prem Ratan Dhan Payo and SPECTRE, that has one brother wanting to kill another. This is also the second film where the supposed victim escapes from a death that SHOULD have killed him even if it would have been a Mithun film of the '90s. The songs in the film only exist to display skin show and lovemaking scenes. Some of them don't even make sense in their placement. Picture this, the 'so-loyal-to her employer-that she-is-willing -to sleep-around' Kaya finds herself screwing up her boss' money, and the next moment she is shown dancing around in a rave party. Another scene has Sourav arm-twisting Siya to sleep with him, and suddenly a romantic song plays in the background! The dialogues are written straight from rejected B-grade film of the '90s, with the only hip thing about the multiple usage of the F word. Even the BG score is jarring!
Zarine Khan and Daisy Shah serve the purpose why they are in the film - showing a lot of skin. However, the moment they open their mouth to speak or do a little bit of emoting, you want to run for the hills! Daisy Shah is marginally better than Zareen, though...marginally, just marginally. Also a 2 minute silence for one of the most talented actors in Bollywood, Sharman Joshi. He spends the entire film screaming his lungs out and looking so tired, that we want to send a 12th man out to replace him. Strangely, his entire track is reminiscent of what you saw in another film of his, a far better but underrated Raqeeb. The climax fight is lifted straight from Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan's Fida.
What to do
If you are desperate enough to watch a skin-flick, only then go for it, or better, watch a Zalman King movie that atleast have people who don't have sex with their clothes on! If you are going to see a plot-driven drama, I have only three words ...Ha Ha Ha!
Special note to Censor Board: Strange are your ways, sires! In a dialogue, that has both the F word and bastard (there, I said it!), it's weird that you want to replace the latter with 'rascal', while sparing the F word!
2.0 out of 5
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