Hate Story is a 2012 Indian Hindi-language erotic thriller film directed by Vivek Agnihotri and produced by Vikram Bhatt. It stars Nikhil Dwivedi, Gulshan Devaiya and Paoli Dam in lead roles and the film was released on 20 April 2012. The first installment in the Hate Story film series the film was a commercial and critical success. The premise of the film chronicles a woman and her struggle to fight against the man that betrayed her.
Journalist Kavya Krishna (Paoli Dam) and her best friend, Vicky, pull off a sting operation against a big company which happens to belong to tycoon Siddharth Dhanrajgir. Siddharth, being a rich and cocky young man, wants revenge. He offers Kavya a job in his company with a three hundred percent raise in income. Kavya accepts his offer immediately. They go on a business trip together, and Kavya helps Siddharth get his company a good deal. That night, Siddharth takes Kavya to dinner, where they connect romantically and end up having sex. Upon returning, Kavya brings gifts for Vicky and tells him she loves her job.
The next day, Kavya goes to work and finds out that her entry pass to the office has been cancelled. She goes to talk to Siddharth, who arrogantly talks about his plan and pulls a gun out, tortures her, and says that he never had any feelings for her; he just wanted revenge for the sting operation she pulled. Heartbroken, Kavya leaves and applies for another job with Vicky’s support. Vicky takes her to the doctor only to find out that she is now pregnant with Siddharth’s child. Kavya immediately meets Siddharth who once again humiliates her but she tells him that she can prove that it’s Siddharth’s child through DNA testing. That night, Siddharth calls her and pretends to be sorry. He has her kidnapped, her fetus killed, her ovaries taken out, and then dumps her.
Vowing revenge, Kavya becomes a sex worker and seduces various businessmen related to Cementic Group to get to Sidharth. First she contacts the CEO of cement company Cementec, Rajdev Singh, sleeps with him, and without his knowledge copies email from his phone. From there she comes to know that Cementec is going to do a joint venture with a German company due to which all shares of Delhi Cements company will fall. She leaks this information to Delhi Cements Chairman, Deshraj Tandon at the cost of ₹ 40 million. Deshraj Tandon then organizes a press conference and withdraws his support to Cementic Group causing a huge loss to Sidharth and his company. Kavya then reveals this to Siddharth and challenges him that she will destroy him. Siddharth then has cameras placed all over her house without her knowledge but Kavya comes to know after spotting a camera when she notices that her furniture had been rearranged. Kavya uses this weapon against him by inviting Rajdev to her home and seducing him. Knowing that Siddharth is viewing the footage, Kavya is able to entice Rajdev for more information regarding Cementec’s future operations and scams, while in return, providing him with false information regarding Cementec’s competitors.
Siddharth views this footage and comes to know that Rajdev is responsible for the leaking of information by Kavya. Siddharth also comes to believe the false information provided by Kavya to be true, resulting in Cementec suffering a loss of ₹ 100 billion. Siddharth has Rajdev killed and puts the blame for Cementec’s downfall on Kavya resulting in her arrest. Kavya takes help from a cabinet minister to escape from jail by blackmailing him. She also offers to sleep with him at the cost of recovering the police file which contains her name and nominating her to the post of director of IIBI bank which holds account details for Cementec.
She becomes a board member for Cementec and accesses their files discovering a big scam with the help of her best friend and silent lover Vicky. However, Vicky is devastated by Kavya’s actions in the order she’s taking revenge. He tells her to sleep with more men to help her out. Kavya confronts Vicky and tells about her suffering and motivations. She never slept with anyone but only with those people connected to Sidharth to destroy him. All this leads to an argument where Vicky confesses his love for Kavya which she was unaware of. Kavya feels guilty of trusting Sidharth instead of Vicky. Vicky, while still in love with Kavya agrees to help her one last time and exposes the entire scam of Sidharth. To stop Kavya from reaching the meeting, Sidharth gets Vicky kidnapped and blackmails Kavya to not bother him during the meeting. He also orders his men to kill Vicky once the meeting is over. However, Vicky manages to free himself, fight with Sidharth’s goons and somehow escapes, manages to call Kavya and pushes her to go to the meeting at all costs.
Kavya now all prepared exposes the entire scam at the annual general meeting. Siddharth is arrested for stealing millions from shareholders. Kavya after taking revenge decides to start a fresh life with Vicky. She goes back to her own house to get the watch gifted to her by Vicky. There she finds Rajdev’s wife waiting for her with a gun. Rajdev’s wife shoots Kavya thinking that she killed her husband. After killing Kavya she shoots herself too. The movie ends with Kavya’s background voice saying, “Mare hue log kabar se nahi dara karte, Vicky.”(Dead people are not scared of the grave, Vicky).
Nikhil Dwivedi as Vicky
Gulshan Devaiah as Siddharth Dhanrajgir
Paoli Dam as Kavya Krishna
Mohan Kapoor as Cabinet minister K. Malhotra
Joy Sengupta as Rajdev Singh
Saurabh Dubey as Kumar Dhanrajgir
Iravati Harshe as Archana Jaidev Singh
Bhairavi Goswami as Bhairavi
Gopal K Singh
Mukesh W. Tyagi
Mukti Mohan as special appearance in the song Raat (uncredited)