Movie Review: ‘Hate Story 3’

Cast: Sharman Joshi, Zareen Khan, Karan Singh Grover, Daisy Shah

Director: Vishal Pandya

Rating: **

This film is touted as an erotic thriller… If your idea of erotica is seeing Zarine Khan in various stages of undressing or Karan Singh Grover’s biceps that show more emotions than his face or a Daisy Shah getting in and out of the pool in tacky sets of swimwear, then this one’s for you.

However, must tell you that the ‘erotica’ part is limited to the intermittent songs that come and go as if once in a while the director (Vishal Pandya) realises that he has to heat up things to justify the genre the film is supposed to belong to. In his book, erotic is obviously defined as the camera moving in and out of the ladies’ bosom and crotch areas or the gents’ shirtless torso moving up and down on the woman’s body under layers of bedsheets.


The story is about this ultra rich businessman Aditya Dewan (Sharman Joshi) and his wife, Siya (Zareen Khan). Their idyllic life is slowly and steadily shattered by another businessman Saurav Singhania (Karan Singh Grover). In their first meeting Singhania makes an ‘indecent proposal’ to Aditya, and thus begins the hate story between the two men. Kaya (Daisy Shah), is Diwan’s employee and is used as a pawn in the whole game of oneupmanship between Aditya and Singhania. The story takes several thrilling twists and turns and manages to keep your curiosity till the very end.

Dialogues in this film are written clearly with one solid instruction, cram in all the jargons of business world, to make the characters look all important and hmm…businesslike. Unfortunately, those very dialogues and amateurish execution makes the characters look more caricaturish than believable.


Sharman Joshi, otherwise a decent actor, walks around with a stiff air about him as if he himself was not sure if he could carry off a successful, smart businessman’s role. Daisy was stiff too, perhaps because she was stuck in clothes a size smaller than hers.

Though Grover has a good screen presence and can be quite charming, his acting skills need a bit of honing to be done. Zareen has a pretty face attached to a pair of lips that wouldn’t stop moving. This movie is definitely a front bencher’s delight.