Director: Harshavardhan Kulkarni
Writer: Harshavardhan Kulkarni
Stars: Radhika Apte, Gulshan Devaiah, Veera Saxena
Runtime: 2h 21min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Synopsis: Mandar Ponkshe is an ordinary guy, meaning there is hardly anything extraordinary about him. He is maybe 5’8″ or 5’9″. He dresses very un-dandily if there was such a term, wears a goatee to hide what could be considered a weak chin. Mandar does not attract attention because he wants to be seen as ordinary. But behind that facade is a story – of an interesting past life that has been led. His single-minded pursuit of girls, tall and short, stout or with a pout. He’s funny unconventionally without meaning to be witty. His friends have lost all hope of him settling down, as they know that he doesn’t plan to. And then suddenly he meets someone whom he starts liking… and falls in love with. What will happen now? Will she know about his past? Will he able to hide his Hunterrrr reputation? The story of a guy, who doesn’t want to grow up!
Review: ‘Hunterrr’ is about a guy who can’t keep it in his pants.
For Bollywood, where repression masquerading as respectability is still largely the name of the mainstream game, to create a leading man who can confess to being led by his nether regions, is, um, uplifting. But the sheer unevenness of the proceedings shows just how difficult it is to go all the way in this kind of film, where a man is a hunterrr, tick, and a woman, well, prey. Tick, tick.
Mandar Ponkshe ( Devaiah), whose name itself suggests mild lewdness going by the reaction of his two best friends, makes the connection between sex-and- physical-need. Out loud. That he also equates it to daily elimination, which is also `a need’, sets the tone for ‘Hunterrr’ : that it will state the obvious, and underline it. No subtle notes here.
If the writing were sharper, Mandar’s libidinous meander would have had meaning : I wanted to know more about what makes him tick. How does he feel when he notches up another conquest? Triumph? How about self-loathing and shame ( not necessarily the Michael Fassbender kind) ? Doesn’t that go with the territory? ‘Hunterr’ could have been a genuinely ‘adult’ comedy of manners, but it stays right where it begins, the phrase ‘coming-of-age’ functioning more as eliciting an embarrassed titter than reaching the goal-post.
And what does it say about Indian society that men can be out-there hunters, and women have to be content to be under-the-radar prey? When will Bollywood give us a film in which men and women are equal opportunity offenders? Can it ever?