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Erotic Bollywood thriller ‘Hate Story 3’ reviews

Critics review Vishal Pandya’s new release ‘Hate Story 3’.
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Film: Hate Story 3
Cast: Daisy Shah, Sharman Joshi, Zarine Khan, Karan Singh Grover
Director: Vishal Pandya

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What it’s about: Hate Story 3 goes back and forth through a maze of details of two men; one of them is a successful entrepreneur (Sharman) and has inherited his family business after the death of his elder brother and another is a wealthy but mysterious tycoon (Karan) who is bent upon spending a night with the former’s wife (Zarine). They tend to play dangerous games with each other. Amongst this is an ambitious young corporate executive (Daisy) who works for one of the two men but gets drawn into double-crossing both in her struggle for survival.

Here is the trailer:

Indian Express: Hate Story 3 review: Bollywood’s idea of ‘erotic thriller’ is still stuck in some dark age template

“It tells us that Bollywood’s idea of an ‘erotic thriller’ is still stuck in some dark age template. The men gnash their teeth and growl. The women are all pneumatically curved out to there, allowing the camera to linger. There are bed bits with generous displays of slithering lingerie on chest-and-thigh, and surprisingly for a time when ‘boldness’ is being dealt with by archaic moral standards, lots of open mouth-and-tongue action. You can understand why someone would detest the person who wrongs them, though it’s hard to take a dialogue like “he’s a cunning vulgar rascal” seriously, and keep a straight face when even someone as competent as Joshi is spouting it.”

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Firstpost: Bar Sharman Joshi, no one seems to be even trying to act in this farce

“Hate Story 3 is a huge homage to the spirit of coitus interruptus. The soundtrack is filled with mating noises. But the loins are clearly not in tandem with the requirements of the cheesy plot. Like a clumsy virgin-boy doing it for the first time, the narrative moves forward in spasmodic jerks.There is no attempt to give the characters even a semblance of rationale. There is no attempt to give the characters even a semblance of rationale. One is at a loss to decide who is more driven by impulse and greed: the sly characters(they all talk with only their eyes) or the writer of this cheesy franchise. Barring Sharman Joshi (who wears a pained what-am-I-doing-in-this-film look throughout) the other actors don’t even make an effort to act.”

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NDTV: There is absolutely nothing to fall in love with in Hate Story 3

“The two women in the plot get pushed around like powerless pawns on a chessboard that has no queens, black or white. Even when they dance to the tune of others, they do not make much of an impression. Given that Hate Story 3 is an erotic thriller, this can only spell disaster. Hate Story 3 expectedly wallows in prurient rubbernecking to inveigle its target audience, while pretending to explore the limits of fraternal ties and bonds of friendship. It rides on a string of twists and turns that create neither tension nor menace. Worse, they do not even make sense. Director Vishal Pandya’s attempts to turn up the heat are cringingly awkward.”

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Hindustan Times: Hate Story 3 review: They danced, bathed, screamed and bored

“The moment you see what is supposed to be a serious TV interview cutting to Siya’s thighs, you understand what to expect from director Vishal Pandya’s Bathe..err..Hate Story 3 — steam, steam and more steam. A good chunk of the film has been shot with the two heroines under a shower.”

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India Today: Karan, Daisy, Sharman and Zareen’s cocktail of lust and revenge

“The acting by the lead cast sways between sleep-inducing and Oh-Lord-Is-This-For-Real. Sharman Joshi will try and not remind you that he’s the brilliant actor who’s given us films like 3 Idiots and Ferrari Ki Sawaari. There are uncalled-for outbursts, flying off the handle at the drop of a hat, vowing vengeance at even less frequent intervals from his Aditya. There are times he is unbearably one-tone.There is nothing to say about the cinematography either, except for the interiors of these people’s homes. Vishal Pandya’s story is a story, but the way it’s handled is laughable.”

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