No Erotica But Superb Thrills
By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 19 July 2014
Erotica? You must be kidding! From 'E' to 'A', there is no trace whatsoever of erotica of any sorts. If a minute long bikini scene and a couple of kisses could qualify as an erotica then practically every second Bollywood flick could be placed under this genre. So yeah, do keep your fantasy alive for another day as this ain't what makes for a skin show affair for an eye candy.
Which brings us to the second most important selling point of the film - the 'thrills'. So are they in the offering? Oh ample, and this is what makes Hate Story 2 a true genuine dramatic thriller that makes for a worthy successor in the franchise. This story is pretty much set on the hate factor and in that aspect, director Vishal Pandya scores really well. Coming from the man who made his big screen debut with a reasonably well made but pretty much forgotten 'Three - Love, Lies, Betrayal' half a decade back, Hate Story 2 turns out to be a much polished affair.
The film boasts of one of the best starts for a Bollywood flick as it comes straight to the point. An attempted murder followed by a couple of chases and a few dramatic encounters pretty much establishes that Surveen Chawla is living a horrific life and a politician Sushant Singh (thankfully not stereotyped) is her tormentor. It is a game of life and death being played between them on the board of chess, well literally, and that continues right till the end.
In the middle of this all there are some 'my dad used to say it all' pointers thrown in that demonstrate the regressive persona of Sushant who neither wants his mistress to love him nor worries about being hailed as mard ki aulaad when challenged by the hero (Jay Bhanushali), or if we could call him one. Frankly, Jay's is the most loosely written (and even enacted) character in the film which actually manages to bring the pace of the narrative down practically every time it appears. Really, either it should have been just a cameo or given more substance. Here, it is suspended in nothingness as a result of which there is hardly any sympathy generated amongst the viewers.