In the year 2004, a film called 'Murder' arrived and it proved that sex, coupled with a reasonably engaging narrative, could make for a heady cocktail. In the same, year films like 'Julie', a thriller with ample skin show and 'Masti', a sex comedy, went on to become successful at the box-office encouraging several filmmakers to add an element of sexuality in their films in order to attract a part of the audience to the theatres. One would have thought that now that kissing scenes and skin show have become common place in films, it is not possible to bring audiences into the theatres under the pretext of showing them steamy scenes. The Hate Story franchise proves this theory wrong as it has grown from strength to strength since the first 'Hate Story' was made in 2012. After Vivek Agnihotri directed 'Hate Story' for Vikram Bhatt in 2012, T-Series took the franchise forward and gave over the reins to Vishal Pandya who has directed all the films since the second film in the franchise. From the promos, 'Hate Story IV' seems to be in a similar mould as the earlier films in the franchise.
Aryan Khurana (Vivan Bhatena) runs an advertising agency in London and is in a relationship with his associate Rishma (Ihana Dhillon). Aryan's younger brother Rajveer (Karan Wahi) is a fashion photographer. Aryan asks Rajveer to find a fresh face for his new campaign. Rajveer stumbles upon Taasha (Urvashi Rautela) in a club and believes that she would be the right face for the campaign. Taasha shoots for the campaign and becomes an overnight sensation. Rajveer gets infatuated with Taasha and decides to go to any extent to get her in his life. Meanwhile, Aryan, too, sets his eyes on her.
If you keep the loud background score, some cheesy lines by Milap Milan Zaveri and terrible acting by Urvashi Rautela, you get a film that keeps you fairly engaged. High voltage background score, heavy duty dialogues and exaggerated expressions are used to highlight every emotion in the film, almost making you feel like you are watching a daily soap. Writing clap trap dialogues or lies that rhyme is not a bad thing but when overdone or used unnecessarily, it starts making you cringe. The first half is quite engaging but the plot keeps getting sillier in the second half, even though a few twists and turns keep you invested in the film.
There are no twos about the fact that Urvashi Rautela has a good screen presence. But, she has a long way to go as an actress. Her acting, diction and dialogue delivery - everything needs to be worked upon. Vivan Bhatena does a decent job as Aryan. Karan Wahi has the looks of a movie star and acts very well. The actor, who has already, proved his mettle on television should, hopefully, be seen in more films. Ihana Dhillon is alright as Rishma. Gulshan Grover does not get much to do as Vikram Khurana.