Banner: T-Series Films
Producers: Bhushan Kumar,
Director: Vishal Pandya
Cast: Urvashi Rautela, Vivan Bhatena,
Karan Wahi, Ihana Dhillon,
Writers: Sammeer Arora,
Music: Tanishk Bagchi, Tony Kakkar,
When the first film released in 2012, the concept of a hate story in the middle of our beloved romantic ones was a novel one. Five years and four films down the line, the audience remains just as intrigued by the concept. Sadly, while director Vishal Pandya has injected quite a bit of viciousness into his script, Hate Story IV doesn’t exactly live up to expectations.
The erotic thriller, featuring Urvashi Rautela, Vivan Bhatena, Karan Wahi and Ihana Dhillon stays true to its genre for the most part but drops the ball when it comes to originality.
The story seems simple enough on the surface. Rajveer Khurrana (Karan Wahi) and Aryan Khurrana (Vivan Bhatena) are rich, successful and spoilt-by-powerful-daddy brothers living in London. Rajveer meets Tasha (Urvashi Rautela), an aspiring model, and makes her a star with the help of his older brother and his brother’s fiancée, Rishma (Ihana Dhillon). But while doing this deed for his younger sibling, Aryan also becomes a victim of Tasha’s beauty and wants her.
The situation takes a tragic turn when Rishma discovers Aryan’s intentions and Rajveer about his brother’s betrayal. This leads to one brother going to war against the other over Tasha, who secretly harbours her own selfish motives that introduce the biggest twist in the plot. How this hateful drama unfolds forms the crux of the story.
The tale of two brothers fighting over one girl is as old as time but with the treatment given to the script, Hate Story IV, especially in the second half, takes a few interesting turns. The execution of the script is quite apt, using the storyline to its full potential. However, the potential itself is not the strongest. The revenge sub-plot that was evident in the previous instalment is a little repetitive here, even though the treatment is different.
The movie begins with a lot of glamour and not much substance. The quick pace of the story takes it from one shot to another, without giving the audience any meat under the gloss, that is the good looks of the actors. Slowly, as you get to the interval and the second half, the strength of the story comes into play but fails to hold the viewers’ attention throughout. However, the climax brings out the soul of the film, which is ‘hate’.
The Hate Story series is unabashedly an erotic thriller series and this latest instalment is no different. The actresses, Urvashi Rautela and Ihana Dhillon, ooze sensuality in the first half of the film. And not to be left behind, the men have also oozed their fair share of it. Credit should be given to Pandya for making sure that all the sensuous scenes are aesthetically shot and stay on the right side of the thin line that borders on vulgarity. The director has also generously added the thrill factor to the film. The several twists and turns keep you guessing right till the end as the final truth is about to be uncovered.
The recreation of the Aashiq banaya aapne song has already become a hit and is well-placed in the movie. Another track, Boond boond, also flows with the storyline of the central characters. But the rest of the songs appear forced into the narrative. This is the first Hate Story franchise film to be majorly shot outside India and cinematographer Sunita Radia has done a good job of capturing the beauty of London.
This is a good time for sequels and franchises as so many of them are doing well. Vishal Pandya is clearly riding this wave and pretty much succeeds.
Performance-wise, leading lady Urvashi Rautela’s performance see-saws between average and good. The actress flails in the first half but finds her footing after the interval. Vivan Bhatena has proved he is a strong actor before and does it once again. Karan Wahi delivers a decent performance for his debut film and so does Ihana Dhillon. Bad man Gulshan Grover’s special appearance is good.
Verdict: The film caters to its target audience.