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Producers: Bhushan Kumar & Krishna Kumar
Director: Vishal Pandya
Star Cast: Vivaan Bhatena, Urvashi Rautela, Karan Wahi, Ihana Dhillon, Shaad Randhawa, Tia Bajpai, Mohit Chhabra, James Abbey, Rita Siddiqui, Gulshan Grover et al
Music: Tanishq Bagchi, Mithun, Arko Provo Mukherjee, Tony Kakkar, Baman, Sunny Bawra & Inder Bawra
Hate Story has been a very successful franchise, with Hate Story 3 in the year 2015 doing huge business at the Box – Office turnstiles. Hate Story 4 also manages to entertain like the previous parts, but of course it does falter like the recent adult flicks.
The scripted scenario of Hate Story 4 recounts the story of a girl who causes a rift between 2 brothers. Tasha (Urvashi Rautela) comes to London to become famous but is unable to find success. Luck favours her when she meets Rajveer (Karan Wahi), a photographer who is also a womanizer. He is floored by Tasha’s glamorous appeal and recommends her to his brother Aryan (Vivan Bhatena) & his girlfriend cum business partner Rishma (Ihana Dhillon), both of whom are looking for a fresh face for their upcoming cosmetic brand.
Tasha is signed on and she becomes famous. Both Aryan & Rajveer start lusting after Tasha and try to get close to her. Meanwhile their father Vikram Khurana (Gulshan Grover) is running for London Mayoral elections and he has cautioned the brothers not to do anything untoward which would jeopardize his chances of victory.
However, things begin to go wrong as Tasha gets involved with both Rajveer & Aryan. A mysterious blackmailer also emerges who has photographic evidence of all the wrongdoings, including a murder. What happens next forms the crux of the rest of the film.
Hate Story 4 begins with the intriguing opening credits and is quite nicely done. The 1st ever sequence is unexpected as the film begins midway and then the narrative goes in a flashback mode. Some of the recent erotic films failed as they didn’t have adequate dosage of sex that the promos promised.
Hate Story 4 thankfully is an exception. The film has enough steamy scenes & thrill to give the target audiences its money’s worth that they spent on heavy ticket rates in Multiplex cinemas. Also despite the numerous twists & turns, the narrative is very simple. Moreover, Hindi subtitles have been displayed during all the English dialogues. These efforts show that the makers want to ensure that audiences in B centres & even C centers including the front benchers are able to fully enjoy the film.
Albeit Sammeer Arora’s story is a bit weak and has far too many twists & turns and also turns around after a point. But Sammeer Arora & Vishal Pandya’s screenplay is simplistic & totally effective, though it fails to neatly camouflage some of the flaws in the plot.
Milap Milan Zaveri’s dialogues are appealing & massy. But it’s not fair to have punchlines in practically every sentence. Vishal Pandya’s direction is decent. He ensures that the film remains a complete commercial masala fare.
The music of Hate Story 4 is well woven with the narrative. Aashiq Banaya Aapne is the best of the lot. Boond Boond Mein, Badnaamiyan & Tum Mere Ho comes next and all these songs are laden with intimate scenes. Mohabbat Nasha Hai is sadly wasted. Sunny Bawra & Inder Bawra’s background score is quite exhilarating and adds to the drama & thrills. Sunita Radia’s cinematography is neat and the film has been shot in some beautiful places & houses of England. Manish More’s editing is slick while Neesha Sharma & Shyamli Arrora’s costumes are quite glamorous, especially the ones donned by the girls.
Performance wise Urvashi Rautela has the oomph factor for sure and it comes to the fore very well. She is decent and nicely manages to ooze evilness & vulnerability. Karan Wahi looks dashing enough and does a fine job. Vivan Bhatena has a slightly lengthier role and performs as per his character’s requirement. Ihana Dhillon also has her share of sizzling scenes but her screen time is limited and is okay. While Gulshan Grover delivers quite an entertaining performance. Tia Bajpai as Bhavna & Shaad Randhawa as Ashwin Chaudhary are very good albeit in special appearances. And last but not the least Mohit Chhabra as Ron & Rita Siddiqui as Monica are good.
Tail piece: On the whole, Hate Story 4 has its fair share of intimacy & thrills, which has been the primary reason for the success of the series.
At the Box – Office turnstiles it will prove to be a safe bet for the makers considering its investment & returns.