Cast: Sushant Singh, Surveen Chawla, Jay Bhanushali
Direction: Vishal Pandya
Genre: Thriller
Duration: 2 hours 10 minutes

Story: Two photography students fall in love. But is a blissful life together just an illusion for them?

Review: Hate Story 2 is a revenge drama on the lines of Rakesh Roshan’s Khoon Bhari Maang and Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies. What it lacks is an A-grade star cast. Also, this one is slightly more predictable in pattern. However, the doses of erotica added to the screenplay just to give it that gleeful taste work well. Sonika (Surveen Chawla) with an hourglass figure is the mistress of a powerful politician, Mandar Mhatre (Sushant Singh). But at heart, she is a simple girl who wants a chance to taste real love.

A fellow-photography student Akshay (Jay Bhanushali) and she fall head over heels in love. And though she warns him of her ‘tainted’ image, his intentions stay honourable. The two elope and set up their paradise away from the prying eyes of the power-drunk politician. They hum Arijit Singh’s truly melodious Aaaj phir tumse pyaar, lock lips passionately and make steamy love. And, just when you’re feasting your eyes on Surveen’s dusky bare skin, the bad guys find them. What follows from here is the real suspense tale.

The lead pair Jay and Surveen, both of whom have an ardent following on the small screen, pass muster in their movie outing as well. However, the scene-stealer is the antagonist, Sushant Singh, who delivers a powerful performance. On the flip side, the proceedings on screen lack tempo that is needed for an erotic thriller. However, to stop you from fidgeting, the makers have cleverly roped in adultstar Sunny Leone (Indian cinema’s best import in recent times) to shimmy. She beckons you to look at her pink lips in an item number.

So, even if the plot points in this vendetta drama seem asinine, with Surveen, Sunny and sex thrown in, the less pretentious will go home satiated.