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Murder and Mayhem

Saturday, March 10, 2018
By Deepa Gahlot

Hate Story 4
Vishal Pandya
Cast: Urvashi Rautela, Vivan Bhathena, Karan Wahi, Ihana Dhillon, Gulshan Grover and others
Rating: * 1/2

If there is a Hate Story 4, there must have been three before it, but it would require a lot of effort to recall any of them, they are that watch-and-forget. All seem to have one thing in common, however, a woman’s use of her body and sex appeal for revenge. Which means that they star women with ‘strippable’ figures and a camera that lasciviously zooms on their body parts. So it has its audience cut out too, the kind that needs Hindi subtitles for elementary English dialogues, like “Hey Baby” (Aye suno). And then, the makers have the gall to quote crimes against women statistics at the end, with an anti eve-teasing message.

Hate Story 4 has Urvashi Rautela as Tasha, whose butt is seen before her face, as she dances in a nightclub to seduce rich dude Rajveer (Karan Wahi). So hot is she that Rajveer’s older brother Aryan (Vivan Bhathena) lusts after her too. Their father Vikram Khurana (Gulshan Grover), also gives her a once over, but has to be hands off, because he is standing for the mayoral elections in London. Aryan already has a girlfriend Rishma (Ihana Dhillon), so his scheme to get Tasha into bed causes some major complications that involve murder, blackmail and revenge.

The brothers are unmitigated creeps with women, but somehow lose whatever little sense they have over Tasha, who wanders around in tight/short cleavage-revealing clothes. So one brother gifts her a mansion, another gives her a swanky car, while the father frets over elections. In the one song she has, Rishma shows skin too, but Aryan keeps her around because she is good in the bedroom and boardroom (his words). Still, he is not above spiking a woman’s drink to “take advantage” of her. The film is so hilariously bad, with convoluted dialogue that merrily throws in references to the Ramayan and Mahabharat, and whiny songs. Even though it is set in London, the film cannot help looking tacky, and between the dozen actors with speaking parts, there’s not one half-way decent performance. Still, for all you know, there will be a fifth film in the franchise!

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