Hate Story 3 Movie Review: We Hate This Story!
The Hate Story franchise has been known for providing thrills with some steamy scenes to hook the viewer and the third film in the series attempts to do the same-but with dismal results.
Before going on with the review, we wish to offer a sarcastic thumbs up to the members of the Censor Board, who, in their infinite wisdom, decided to let Sharman Joshi say 'f**k' half a dozen times, but forbade Karan Singh Grover from saying sambhog (which is a Sanskrit word for sex)… !
Now, let's move on… Hate Story 3 revolves around a loving couple Aditya (Sharman) and Siya (Zarine Khan), who seem to have it all- a prosperous business, a good married life and nothing at all to worry about.
But their lives are turned upside down when Saurav Singhania (Karan Singh Grover) walks into their lives and makes an offer to Aditya- Saurav will give any amount of money to Aditya provided he gets to sleep with his wife Siya. An outraged Aditya rebuffs Saurav and walks out of the meeting, only to discover that Saurav doesn't believe in taking no for an answer.
What follows is a game of deception and sabotage as Aditya deploys his loyal sidekick Kavya (Daisy Shah) to seduce and spy on Saurav while the latter sets out to destroy Aditya's business and reputation with a determination bordering on obsession.
It is soon apparent that Saurav is not just a sick lech, but an enemy from Aditya's past, who is out to destroy Aditya and Siya's world. What happens next forms the rest of the plot.
Now, as far as the plot is concerned, it is not a bad one as such, but the shoddy execution and the dismal performances by the lead cast prove to be the film's undoing. We had zero expectations from Zarine Khan and Daisy Shah as far as performances are concerned (unless prancing around in skimpy dresses counts as acting), but to see a decent actor like Sharman ham unabashedly is simply too much to watch.
Joshi has proved his acting chops in films like 3 Idiots and Ferrari Ki Sawaari, which makes it all the more difficult for us to see him doing something like this. Karan Singh Grover has a good screen presence but his perpetually smug expression seems to suggest that he is happy letting his muscles act for him.
Coming to the shoddy execution, attention has not been paid to even simple detailing. In one scene, Daisy's character is swimming in a pool and when she steps out to greet Karan's character, her hair is miraculously dry!
The plot, though not bad, seems to be a mishmash of films like Indecent Proposal and Race. Speaking of Race, director duo Abbas-Mustan would have probably done justice to this film by getting bankable actors and making it slick and stylish.
The music is not really worth remembering and if you thought you would buy a ticket just to watch the steamy scenes as promised by the promos, you shall be sorely disappointed there too as the sanskari Censor Board has already had its way.