Cast: Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte, Sai tamhankar, Sagar Deshmukh.
Directed By: Harshvardhan Kulkarni.
First Take: The deal has been locked, Reliance entertainment the man with the big money bags has collaborated with Phantom pictures to back good cinema. After NH10 this one too is different. Finally the trio of Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl has a voice of their own and can pick and choose good cinema for us. I reiterate we are living the bollywood civilization; hence it is our maker’s moral responsibility to feed us good quality of entertainment. Hopefully Hunterr is the beginning of many more.
Story: Mandar Ponkshe is your random face that is everywhere around us. He has a certain mystery in his eyes that makes him a charmer amongst woman though. Early on in his teens, he falls in love with porn movies and then turns into a sexaholic. He always has the fairer sex around him, some devoid of emotions, some trying to spice up their bedroom lives. Mandar becomes the sex superman of his society. When his friends advise him to settle down, the real trouble begins. Mandar eventually finds his true soul mate and decides to take his love for her to the next level, but his past starts popping up leading him into embarrassing situations. For someone who till yesterday believed sex to be a daily habit just like defecating today starts accepting that love is a better emotion. Does Mandar Ponkshe manage to shrug of his sexual history and settle down forms the crux of this beautiful little film.
Star Power: Gulshan Devaiah and Radhika Apte are measured in their performance. Even though Gulshan portrays himself like a dude, at heart his simplicity of being the boy next door grows upon you. Radhika Apte honestly is wasted; the feminists might just be out in the open crusading against the portrayal of woman in the film. But the underlining message is very unique.
Behind the scenes: The retro feel of the movie gives Hunterr the added edge, be it the sound design or the visual composition, both are appealing in their own right. The songs sung by Altaf Raja and Bappi Lahiri have their own nostalgia value. And without letting it away, the tribute to the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock in one scene is a masterstroke.
WTF: The scene of a woman being laid way too easily from the airport to the bedroom will make it a little difficult to digest. The obvious build up too isn’t convincing enough to the scene.
Editor Take: One thing is sure the director has grown up on real good world cinema. Hence he tried breaching the norms and making this film with a lot of heart. Even his writing attempt last year ‘Hasee toh Phasee’ was quirky in its own little way. Hunterr might be sexist to offensive for many, but for me it has the feel that is missing in comedies now a days. The irony is that a sex comedy has just one adult scene, but the fantasies of the actor and the setting will tickle your funny bones.
Rating: 3 out of 5. (Not a football fan? Not going to be awake all night to watch the la liga classic? Then this film might just be your weekend dose of entertainment).