Film review: Hate Story 2; even Sunny Leone's pink lips don't do the trick

Jul 19 2014, 12:12 IST
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'Hate Story 2' has Surveen Chawla playing the woman-on-a-mission with visible effort but not as much impact. 'Hate Story 2' has Surveen Chawla playing the woman-on-a-mission with visible effort but not as much impact.
SummaryFilm review: The sequel of the 2012 'Hate StoryĀ' gives us a new vengeful woman.

Film review: Hate Story 2

Cast: Surveen Chawla, Sushant Singh, Jay Bhanushali

Director: Vishal Pandya

Rating: * 1/2

The sequel of the 2012 ĎHate Storyí gives us a new vengeful woman. Sheís been wronged by, who else, a man. And she will stop at nothing to get back at him.

The high-point of ĎHate Storyí was the sultry Bengali actress Paoli Dam. She stripped well, and wore her bare skin like a wounded badge of honour. And when she goes after her evil tormentor, we feel like egging her on, because we want to see him bite the dust. Because Dam channeled pain and anger with vigour.

ĎHate Story 2′ has Surveen Chawla playing the woman-on-a-mission with visible effort but not as much impact. Sonika ( Chawla) is charmingly termed Ďrakhailí by Mandar Mhatre ( Singh), and kept terrorised and shackled. She tries to break free, and to breathe easy in the company of nice guy Akshay (Bhanushali), but everywhere she turns, she finds her obsessive captor.

We get the obligatory bed bits but the actors arenít capable of raising too much steam. The action moves back and forth from Mumbai to Goa in a haphazard fashion, as the ground- to-the-dust Sonika swings into a 'Kill Bill' mode that stretches all credulity.

Singh is competent, but even he canít do much with a plot that keeps him in repeat mode. Chawla shows occasional spark, but thatís not enough to front a full film. Even Sunny Leoneís pink lips, which she pouts most enticingly in a song, donít do the trick.

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