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I was actually taken aback as the credits rolled down The Hate Story 2 in the theatre, cause what i saw was not the usual bollywood idea of a sleaze thriller- cheap skin show, cheaper story and cheapest acting/directing credentials. Agreed, this one aint a classic but HS2 is a decent film nonetheless that doesnt leave such a bad after taste.
Surveen and Jay are lovers, who spend most of the first half of the film cavorting semi naked on the bed. They are deeply madly crazily in love with each other; they are also blissfully unaware that someone else also loves Surveen. Sushant, a politco and the bad guy, wants to replace Jay under the bedsheets as well so decides to get him killed.
With Jay out of the picture, Surveen is all for him to have, quite literally. Surveen though decides otherwise and embarks on a mission to avenge her lovers death. How the revenge story unfolds is the rest of the story.
Now a lot of the audience sitting in the hall especially for a near empty morning show were, to my embarrasment and scare, old uncles desperate for some titilation. Titilate the film does for sure, but then this is not the typical crassy standards we are used to with Mallika Sherawat films. The love making is captured exotically, tasetefully, and considering Jay and Surveen are miles ahead in terms of acting atleast in comparison to a Poonam Pandey, the proceedings are not that bad.
The second half, which relies hevaily on a story, has plenty of loop holes and stutters here and there, abruptly jumping story twists. Yet it is not that bad, handled deftly and acted decently again. Sushant is impressive as the bad guy, Jay is sincere. Surveen is hot, manages to skim through the emotional parts, yet one sorely does miss the immense oopmph of Paoli Dam from the first edition of the film.
The songs are hummable, Aaj phir tumse in particular, but that is also cause it has been relentlessly playing on the radio all these days. Is it worth the money at the theatres? Depends, if getting turned on in the darkness of the theatre is that important and exciting to you, give this a try. If not, stay home.