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Hate Story 4  : A Flat Revenge Story
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Friday, March 9, 2018
Vishal Pandya
Urvashi Rautela, Karan Wahi, Vivan Bhatena, Ilhana Dhillon

The franchise is synonymous with mounds of cleavage andmuch kissing, bikini backsides and the barest of clothes that cover only the essentials. Writer-director Vishal Pandya goes to Lake District in the United Kingdom and goes to town delivering tons of what the brand stands for.


He does manage to whip up a wee bit of curiosity at the beginning with brothers Aryan and Rajveer who have a family empire and watch out for each other. Sons of illustrious Indian origin businessman Vikram Khurana who’s a mayoral candidate, Aryan adores his wife Rishma while wayward younger brother Rajveer is a glamour photographer. Until lust overtakes both brotherswith the arrival of the stunningly seductive Tasha. 


There’s love, betrayal, murder, while dad Khurana wants nothing to upset his chances of becoming mayor.


With the franchise’s famous formula of huge, heaving chests, pouting lips and skimpy wardrobes, Vishal keeps the interest afloat for a short while.


Once the revenge story that’s not too bright kicks in and most of the cards are laid open, everything speedily goes downhill and downright silly. A man with the reach and influence of Khurana is like an impotent bystander who can’t find out who’s playing havoc in their lives even after being given a vital clue. The revenge itself is conveniently executed and is compounded by all-round clumsy acting. It is as if the casting director ticked off boxes like, will you show everything that can be shown? Will you smooch, flash thighs and bend low for the camera and roll your backside, please? If yes, you’re in. Can you act? Oh, that doesn’t matter. 


And so the generously endowed Urvashi Rautela is Tasha, the girl sandwiched between the two brothers. Ihana Dhillon is Aryan’s sexy wife Rishma who helps with the business. Vivan Bhatena and Karan Wahi as siblings Aryan and Rajveer provide beefcake, biceps and the willingness to lock lips and tumble into bed. It’s when all four are asked to emote or get dramatic that their dialogues pop out like a gun going rat-a-rat.


Milap Zaveri’s dialogues use rhyme for profundity. Like nafrat, mohabbat and jurrat in one sentence. Or madhosh and hosh. Or the classic from the bedroom to the boardroom. 


Since the revenge story is familiar and far-fetched without intrigue or neat twists, this 130-minute outing is strictly for those who want to go in for the titillation which lasts for only half the film.


For a franchise where hot seduction and high suspense is not combined smartly, Hate Story 4 gets a 2* rating.    


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author


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