Not using sex as marketing tool for Hate Story, says director

By Hindustan Times

Director Vivek Agnihotri, who is now ready with his next film Hate Story, which is based on sex, maintains that he is not using the plot of the movie to market it. Hate Story is touted as India's first onscreen erotica. The film written by Vikram Bhatt and directed by Agnihotri, marks Bengali actress Paoli Dam's entry into the Bollywood.

"We are not using sex as a marketing tool for this film. We have made an erotic thriller and we are marketing it as an erotica film. Why should we market our film as something else? Like I have not made a musical film and I am saying that it is a war film," director Vivek Agnihotri told PTI in an interview.

"An erotic thriller is a form of art. It is beautiful, it is a higher point of art. And every art beyond a point becomes erotica, it was challenging, but I enjoyed it a lot. Also as far as my film goes, it was easy to shoot those (sex) scenes. If people want to see it then why should we not make a film of this kind. We are making it for a section of audience who wants to see these kind of films," he said.

The movie has generated a lot of buzz online thanks to Bengali actress Paoli Dam's dare bare scenes.

"The content that is out is part of the film. We have put together entire story. We wanted to be honest with the audience that we are making erotic thriller. This film is not for kids. It has some stuff on the lines of sexuality, sort of nudity...we want audience to know about it, I don't want to make audience think that they are coming to see a social-family drama," Agnihotri, who has made films like 'Chocolate', 'Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal', said. (More) PTI KKP

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