When I first saw the trailer of Hunterrr I dismissed the movie thinking it would be another of those vulgar & crass Bollywood Adult Comedies in the league of Kya Super Kool Hai Hum and Grand Masti but I watched the movie yesterday and what an incredibally awesome movie Hunterrr turned out to be!
Official Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytDp30vuiCo
This movie could have been made so vulgar but the debutant Director Harshavardhan Kulkarni (who has also written the movie) has done a fabulous job of keeping it clean and yet maintaining the humour throughout. The movie is presented in a non-linear fashion, shuffling across time regularly; that is what makes the treatment special & unique plus keeps the viewer engaged throughout.
It is the story of a seemingly straightforward & average looking Mandar Ponkshe very ably played by Gulshan Devaiah (whose best work was in the Bejoy Nambiar directed Shaitan) who is a compulsive tharki and is always on the lookout for his next “score”! he is introduced to us spotting a young girl at a bar, trying to chat up with her and getting thrown out after being slapped around by young men and this sets the tone for the upcoming comedy! The movie then takes us back to his roots, his childhood and how he learnt to master his adventures.
The movie explore themes of friendship, brotherhood, love & lust and all of them equally well! The sub-plot of Mandar’s brother Kshitij who is shown as an NDA Cadet & then an Indian Army Officer has been shown absolutely brilliantly as I have seen couple of NDA Cadets way back in 1998 doing the same antics and could easily relate to this sub-plot! There are lots of other scenes to which I could relate to personally like getting the Computer teacher close and asking a query and watching those soft-porn movies in shady cinema halls! Ohh those crazy days!
The best part for me in the movie is that it never falls in the trap of objectifying women and there are no crass jokes about dignity of women. And as I read in a review on the Internet Mandar is the Fassbender of Mumbai/Pune! (reference to the brilliant movie Shame)
And then there is Sai Tamhankar….ohh I have fallen in love with her! Infact I had fallen in love with her in 2012 as well when I saw pics of her particularly sensual photo-shoot then! She plays the role of a sexually-deprived housewife married to a man who stutters and lands in the bed of Mandar! Her introductory scene when it is raining and Mandar lusts at her from the rooftop has been so realistically shot! I am sure many men have done the same in their lives (even when they would not admit!) She plays the role of a hot, sultry and slutty woman perfectly!
Radhika Apte who was first noticed in “Shor in the City” opposite “of all the people” Tusshar Kapoor has done a real nice job too. Even though her character hasn’t been etched properly she still is pretty decent. In her real life she is the perfect combo of Beauty, Acting Talent and Brains combo! She is the daughter of Pune’s leading neurosurgeon and chairman of Sahyadri Hospital, Dr. Charudutt Apte, is an economics and maths graduate from Fergusson College, Pune & after doing four films, she moved to London and studied contemporary dance at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance…PHEW…and married to British musician Benedict Taylor.
The real star is the Hunterr himself – Gulshan Devaiah who has always shown promise in all the roles he has performed in his short career and I hope this movie would pave the way for a long & successful career ahead! He is also pretty talented in his own right. Is an NIFT, Bengaluru graduate & was in fashion industry for about ten years plus he also taught at the Wigan and Leigh College in Bengaluru before making a move to Movies!
The Music of the film adds to the overall experience too. The Music Director Khamosh Shah has done a splendid job in blending quite different tunes into the OST and all the songs are perfectly placed too. the music first came into notice as the King of Autorickshaw music genre “Altaf Raja” made his comeback with this movie! Bappi Lahiri has sung the title song. I really enjoyed listening all the songs but my favourite is the emotional song “Bachpan” sung by Amit Trivedi with brilliant lyrics of Swanand Kirkire. I am sure it would make everybody emotional and nostalgic about their own childhood!
Bachpan Music Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee1H09umooQ
Hunterrr Audio Jukebox – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxSwHtIo36E
The only drawback of the movie in my books is the somewhat long duration of the film plus lack of character build-up for most of the characters. Except both these factors I found this movie to be brilliant and one which I can definitely watch again!
Another good work from the production House Phantom which is doing a fabulous job in making some real good movies across genres! It doesn’t come as a surprise as it is co-owned by Anurag Kashyap, director Vikramaditya Motwane, producer Madhu Mantena and the former head of UTV Spotboy Vikas Bahl. They have produced movies like Lootera, Hasee Toh Phasee, Queen, Ugly and NH10. All of them have been critically acclaimed and have also done commercially done commercially well. Phantom’s upcoming movies are “Shaandaar” – Directed by Vikas Bahl and starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Pankaj Kapur & Sanjay Kapoor and Udta Punjab – Directed by Abhishek Chaubey (Ishqiya) starring Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt & Kareena Kapoor Khan. And both of them look very promising indeed!
So for those who love good cinema go & watch Hunterr for sure and come back thoroughly entertained! Hope this movie makes good amount of money as there are no big releases lined up this week which should definitely work in it’s favour!
So till the time we meet again…
Cheers to life…
Till then ride safe and have safe sex…
Hasta la Victoria Siempre…