Film: Hate Story 2
Cast: Surveen Chawla, Jay Bhanushali
Directed by: Vishal Pandya
Duration: 2 hrs 7 mins
Rating: * 1 / 2
The success and skin show of Hate Story prompted the film makers to make a sequel – Hate Story 2 doesn’t have any sleaze and we were never quite expecting it to have any story anyway. This is just another revenge drama inspired by a host of films right from Khoon Bhari Maang (1988) to Tarantino’s Kill Bill (2003). She comes close to doing that but the heroine should have wiggled her big toe, that homage would have been fun.
Much like The Bride, Sonika finds herself buried alive in a coffin but manages to sneak out. In flashbacks we are told that she was a demure girl once upon a time who also happened to be the mistress of a politician Mandar (Sushant Singh). When she falls in love with her friend from the photography class (Jay Bhanushali) and escapes to Goa, Mandar bhai gets very very angry and literally sends her underground.
When she is back on her feet she is seeks vengeance, there is no Deadly Viper Assassination Squad to take care of here, just a bunch of few ordinary thugs. Defying the laws of science, one of them also succumbs to death with a LPG tube in his mouth and given the rising cost of LPG, it is not the cheapest option to kill.
Neither the characterization nor does the story has much to write home about – they are stereotypes all the way. There is no rational or justification how the main protagonist transforms herself from a shy person to gun totting glamour girl.
The leading lady doesn’t leave much of mark on her performance and Sushant Singh does the scowling and growling that is demanded of him. From being a tale of retribution Hate Story 2 ends up as a farce.
Published in The Navhind Times on 20th July 2014