It is the story of a man Mandar (Gulshan) seeking sexual liberation in a world (or country, shall I say?) where showing affection in public is forbidden. Since he reached puberty, Mandar has always been a curious lad who takes fancy in women and sex and masturbation. His flings switch ON and OFF as he seeks carnal knowledge every day like if it is a necessity like emptying one's bowels. He is just like an ordinary kid who wants to know things. But these escapades are not without its dangers as Mandar learns the hard way. The premise is brilliant and for Bollywood, a big step in the genre. It is in all ways superior to another film that comes to mind - Mastram (2014), a candid film about porn writing.
The non-linear screenplay is fun; chronicling the protagonist's life from his childhood days when a naughty Mandar starts responding to his "other basic needs" to the days when he visits the video parlor shops to the college days when flings and scoring are all the rage. These sequences are shot beautifully with montages that streamline the story marvelously. It throws light about the perils of two distinct features: one, the danger of indulging in an extra-marital affair, and two, the complexities of pre-matrimony when dealing with an eventful past becomes a problem amongst the to-be-bride-groom. It amazes one to learn that the writers have sampled original references in their fiction which makes it look like it is a real deal. One can easily relate to the character if he's being true to himself. Let me clarify, the film doesn't break the taboo; instead it tries to permit and attach it to a normal life. Of course, adults are not very present in this mission, otherwise the case would've been different. Sex will always be a taboo in India, but it is out of the scope of this review.
Although, there's a paradigm shift in the story when the joys of sex comedy turns into a drama about relationships. Maybe it was intended, but there is a chance that the audience, divided into two, may receive it rather critically. It will appeal the niche audience, the type that will be able to relate with the characters, but unfortunately even the drama may not entice the majority rest of the audience, for the screenplay doesn't offer what it may have promised. Nudity and actual sex are only suggestive and people expecting these may not be able to appreciate the psychology.
Retro music and songs, great camera work, and amazing dialogs are the highlights of this comic venture that is not as sleazy as it advocates to be. Gulshan Devaiah is excellent and totally into the character. I can hardly see anybody else portraying this role so purely as he does. Supporters Radhika Apte and Sai Tamhankar are very good. In fact, the whole cast do a very good job. Because they are directed well, the film will never bore you.
BOTTOM LINE: Hunterrr helps Bollywood transcend into a new level, and could even be called the pioneer of this genre which must be watched to be appreciated.
Hunterrr, a Hindi comedy film written and directed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni. It talks about one of a taboo and forbidden topic i.e. sex. The movie depicts the story of the lead protagonist’s sex-addiction, lust. Scenes are merged in present and past so as to tell the story. The best part of this movie is that storytelling is done in an absolutely non-vulgar manner.
Vaasu aka Mandar Ponkshe (Gulshan Devaiah)’s growing up phase is shown along with his cousin and a friend. They three hang out together. As a teenager, once, Mandar gets caught by the police man when he watches an adults film. He is left free after half-shaving hair on his head. As he grows up, he starts understanding the ‘wants of a woman’ and fulfills his lust. He has his own logic for not getting emotionally entangled in the relationships and also for not getting married: he is marriage-phobic; he doesn’t believe in the concept of falling in ‘love’ and he feels that marriage will curb all his ‘vaasugiri’.
Amidst all his hunted relationships, he comes across a very carefree Trupti (Radhia Apte). How do their relationship move further? Does Mandar able to confess his vaasugiri stories? How Trupti handles the transparency part of the relationship?
Hunterrr is being handled in a non-vulgar manner.
I guess two simple lines should sum it up. Nothing extraordinary. Cheap sleazy comedy that would make ordinary women cringe.