For a Bollywood debut, Paoli Dam could not have asked for a better deal. The actress who is a known name in Kolkatta has an author-backed role focusing on her character. And to be fair, she does make an impact with her performance. You can't term it as a 'wow debut', but it certainly is a decent performance.
There is no novelty in the story. It is the usual vendetta saga. Kaavya (Paoli Dam) is a newspaper reporter. Along with the help of her friend Vicky (Nikhil Dwivedi), she exposes a scam in a firm dealing in cement. Siddharth (Gulshan Devaiah), the MD of the firm is chastised by his father and asked to set the record straight in 12 hours. He manages to convince the CEO to take the blame. That settled, he offers Kaavya a promising deal in his company. He convinces her that he is impressed with her talent.
Soon, she helps him seal a bigger deal and within a month, she finds herself thrown out from the organization after being humiliated. This after Siddharth has lured her into his bed. Then begins the cat and mouse game, with Kaavya wanting to avenge her humiliation and bring Siddharth to his knees for betraying her trust.
While the premise for revenge is promising, the method is a little baffling. Why would Kaavya want the services of the most expensive 'call girl' to understand the art of faking? Or, why would she want to be a prostitute to get at Siddharth. Vivek Agnihotri gets off the track here by trying to infuse some oomph. But he has done enough of that in the seduction scene between Siddharth and Kaavya! In short, Kaavya need not have indulged in prostitution to get even. That is a big letdown.
Gulshan Devaiah who was first seen in THAT GIRL IN YELLOW BOOTS throws in another spectacular performance. He has an equal amount of screen time with Paoli. Nikhil is relegated to the background but there is no awkwardness in his performance. He is comfortable playing second fiddle to a female lead.
HATE STORY is neither spectacular, nor boring. It falls somewhere in between. Rating - 2/5