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A good revival of 70-80s

A good revival of 70-80s

By K N Gupta

Eye TV India Bureau

Cast: : Paoli Dam, Gulshan Devaiah, Nikhil Dwivedi
Director: Vivek Agnihotri

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This Friday gels well for Bollywood as the two Hindi movies released today (April 20, 20120) are entertaining as well as educating. Vikram Bhatt's 'Hate Story' is on the lines of the '70s and '80s movies. This is not only a tragedy but also one where a protagonist takes a revenge on an antagonist. The movie is an indeed erotic thriller but within the parameters of the scripts demands. The movie's story revolves around a modern journalist named Kaavya Krishnan played by Bong beauty Paoli Dam who converts herself into a top prostitute of the city to seek revenge on a top cement manufacturer's son named Siddharth played by Gulshan Devaiah.

The third party much more involved in the movie is Vicky played by Nikhil Dwivedi who loves Kaavya at heart, but fails to express it to her. Many other characters are there but only to help it expand. Kaavya with the help of Vicky plays a sting operation on the illegal acts of the son of cement manufacturer and exposes them. The manufacturer asks his son to either uncover the string operator or lose the coveted status he has conferred on him. Siddarth being evil minded persuades Kaavya to move from his journalistic job to his company with hefty salary and all perks. He made false love with her and later threw her out of his set up. She went back to Vicky who found that Kaavya is carrying Siddarth's child in her womb.

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Kaavya again falls a victim of Siiddarth who promises her love but gets her kidnapped and her child aborted so that she is unable to claim his wealth. Now, Kaavya turns Durga and plays false love with Siddarth's top honcho and gets their company's secrets out. Siddharth gets his honcho killed and Kaavya charged for the murder. Kaavya by then learns the tricks of the game and exposes Siddarth's company's another bigger scandal. Siddarh's dad tells son that revenge doesn't only not add wealth but ruins business. He disowns Sid and the latter is put behind the bars. Kaavya tells Sid that she has won and he has lost!

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When such stories are woven around, several drawbacks are certain to arise. 'Hate Story' suffers from these weaknesses. The example of sexual involvement of a politician-minister with city's top prostitute Kaavya, who not only gets herself released but also appointed a state owned bank's nominee on cement manufacturer's board! Anyway, the movie is educative inasmuch as it imparts a big lesson for wrong doers. They might turn evil genius only at their peril. Director Vivek Agnihotri deserves full marks. He has proved that erotica are very fine art. This certainly doesn't mean adding masala to a movie by incorporating semi nude models dancing behind the actor.

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Vivek sees that Paoli's hot scenes only fulfill the script's demands. Performance wise both Paoli Dam and Gulshan Devaiah play their challenging roles excellently well. In fact, they shoulder the movie though with an equally or rather better performance by Vicky played by Nikhil Dwivedi. Other actors support them too well. The dialogues are good. Less said the better about the steamy scenes in Vikram Bhatt's movies. Cinematography by attar Singh is praiseworthy. The music is good too though not a big deal for such a movie. Bhairavi Goswami's cameo is a plus point.

Overall, the movie is indeed entertaining and educating.

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