Right from the first frame, 'Hate Story 2' pretty much reveals all it is about. It is a predictable plot of a woman avenging her lover's death. An influential politician (Sushant Singh) is in love with Sonica (Surveen). Because he has all the power in the world (or so he thinks), he gets her lover Akshay (Jay Bhanushali) killed. This event transforms Sonica into a blood-thirsty woman who is out on a rampage to get even with the murderers. Yeah, we told you the plot has absolutely no innovation.
Director Vishal Pandya fails to put all pieces in the story together. You never feel for the protagonist, which is a deal-breaker in the first place. The editing is mediocre and so is the cinematography. The scripting is the main culprit though. It is not just amateur, it is badly misinformed. There are a lot of logic-defying technical flaws in the story that even a lay man could point out. Neither are the bold scenes bold enough, nor are they tasteful in any way.
The star performances are the only saving grace of the film. Quite honestly put, almost everyone in the cast does their job well. Surveen Chawla's skin show may look terribly forced but she does what she's given fairly well. From what we've seen on television, Jay Bhanushali is a talented actor. But sadly, he is wasted in 'Hate Story 2'. It is Sushant Singh as the villain who impresses the most. It wouldn't be wrong to say that Sushant Singh will be the sole reason for all the stars this film gets, if at all.
Verdict: 'Hate Story 2' is a half-hearted, mediocre (almost B-grade) film that lacks the fizz. For a thriller, it is not only boring but also terribly flawed. Watch it only if you have nothing else to do.