Star Cast: Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte, Sai Tamhankar, Sagar Deshmukh, Veera Saxena, Rachel D’souza
Director: Harshavardhan Kulkarni
What’s Good: The attempt to make a film which is sex-centered and not a sleazy sex comedy with forced pun intended jokes. This one is on the face and a genuine attempt at a sex addict’s coming of age story.
What’s Bad: The film drags in the second half and even loses the flavor that it builds in the first half. You wait badly for a climax and it does not satisfy you.
Loo break: Second Half for sure.
Watch or Not?: Watch it if you can handle a film that talks about sex in a lighter manner through the eyes of a sex addict. It is witty and funny, also quite relatable to men. Not meant for family audiences or people with tastes for massy films.
Calling himself to be ‘Vaasu’ or playboy, our protagonist Mandar (Gulshan Devaiah) Ponkshe’s story starts off in 2015 when he is in his mid thirties and about to get married. In a rarity of cases, Mandar has fallen in love with Trupti (Radhika Apte) after having a glorious past with umpteen girls on his lustful journey. He is geeky and creepy yet there is some charm which always works on the girls and that is how this sex addict seems to survive in a world without being convicted. The story traverses back and forth, right from his adolescence to the ageing that he is unaware of until he gets beaten up at a bar for making a pass at young girl.
What goes ahead is a journey of Mandar whose life is at a turning point where he has to choose what comes first his carnal pleasures or love. Can a person like Mandar ever settle?
Hunterrr Review: Script Analysis
It would be wrong to call Hunterrr a sex comedy. Rather than merely dealing with the concept of sex and coating it with a funny cover, Harshavardhan Kulkarni right from the first scene of the film makes it clear that it concentrates on the character. It is about Mandar’s journey, his coming of age tale. The script is hilarious in the first half of the film and I truly appreciate the sexual tone which surprisingly does not border on vulgarity. I have to say that it would certainly appeal more to the male audiences and in fact some would even reminisce the times or their first brush with the concept of sex. The writers play with the script intelligently and while at certain I was disgusted by Mandar’s creepy nature, it eventually balances out when you realize that there is more to him than his addiction.
While the first half creates a good impression with its quirky dialogues and Mandar’s character build-up, the second half falters badly. Not only does it stretch, but also the non-linear story telling becomes disturbing in the second half. Towards the climax you are literally waiting for things to sort but the writers add unnecessary elements such as Mandar’s imaginative situations and increase the run time without any requirement.
The plot is quite weak but survives on its characters and their comic timing.
Hunterrr Review: Star Performances
Gulshan Devaiah makes a brilliant Mandar. He is creepy at the same time genuine. This is definitely one of his best performances till now. I had loved him as KC in Shaitan and this is another defining performance for him.
Radhika Apte shot to fame with Lai Bhaari and after her recent stint in Badlapur, she again does a fine job as Trupti. Her character is quite relatable. Nothing challenging in it, but Radhika does exactly what she is expected to do and it works.
Sai Tamhankar as the hot Jyotsna Bhabhi is certainly going to make a lot of males hoot. Sporting the hot Sarees, her bold character will raise a lot of eyebrows.
Other than the lead cast, who really steal the show are the child artists. Vedant Muchandi as young Mandar and Shalva as young Kshitij who is Mandar’s cousin are excellent.
Veera Saxena has a small role and she does not put in much but mostly does only what she is asked to do. Her character has a low recall value due to her average performance.
Hunterrr Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
Harshavardhan Kulkarni does what is one of the most difficult task, give male sexuality a face and present possibly all its angles with this film. He captures the journey to adulthood but in a light manner. The screenplay is decent but the constant shifts between past and present do not simplify it. As a directorial debut, Kulkarni arrives pretty strong and I have to agree he remains extremely careful and stays far from objectifying women, in fact I’d say he opens up the hidden face of the male mentality in a witty manner.
The film is fine till its first half but deteriorates mainly in the second half due to a stretched storyline and also since the narrative falls short of its good chunk of content. An overstretched climax kills the earlier experience. Even though the music was not really outstanding, it is placed well in the film.
Hunterrr Review: The Last Word
Well, it is strictly for adults and only those who can look at the film beyond the mere premise of sex. It is certainly not meant for people who are a little orthodox when it comes to sexual content. It is a never seen before journey of adulthood and hell no it will not preach you ‘how to score’. I am going with a 2.5/5 for this honest yet faulty film.
Hunterrr releases on 20th March, 2015.
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