Hunterrr

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Hunterrr
Hunterrr - Poster.jpg
Directed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni
Produced by Kirti Nakhwa
Rohit Chugani
Ketan Maru
Vikas Bahl
Vikramaditya Motwane
Anurag Kashyap
Written by Harshavardhan Kulkarni
Starring
Music by Songs
Khamosh Shah
Background Music
Hitesh Sonik
Cinematography John Jacob Payyapalli
Edited by Kirti Nakhwa
Production
company
Tailormade Films
Phantom Films
Distributed by Shemaroo Entertainment
Falco International
Release date
  • 20 March 2015 (2015-03-20)
Running time
141 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 9 crore[2]
Box office 13.63 crore[3]

Hunterrr is a 2015 Indian adult comedy film written and directed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni. The film features Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte and Sai Tamhankar in lead roles.[4] The film revolves around an unassuming sex[5] addict and his lustful journey in life.[6] The film was released on 20 March 2015.[7] The film was remade in Telugu as Babu Baga Busy (2017) with Srinivas Avasarala in the lead role.

Plot[edit]

Mandar Ponkshe (Gulshan Devaiah), is an atypical youth, a sex addict and a player. In his early 30s, he is only interested in 'scoring' one night stands while his friends are all married with kids. The movie opens with one such scene where his friends tell him to get married as he is too old to screw around. In turn, Mandar explains his philosophy about sex as a purely physical act, somewhat akin to the satisfaction of the 'perfect' bowel movement. 'Its a physical need' he philosophizes, whereas love is a different ball game and isn't necessary for sex.

The narration now moves back several years to Mandar's early teenage years. The year is 1989, Mandar along with his cousin Dilip (nicknamed Yusuf as a tribute to the thespian) visits his village in Maharashtra where their cousin Kshitij is already waiting for them. 15 year old Kshitij is studying in a military school and is mature beyond his years in his views and aspects about marriage, love and sex. By the end of their vacation Mandar realises that he is no longer a kid. His life becomes more exotic as he starts to woo girls, watching adult films and fantasizing about ladies.

Later in the year 1995, Mandar is now grown up and is an engineering student in Pune. There also he is accompanied by his cousins Dilip and Kshitij; the latter is an army officer by now. Mandar stalks Parul (Veera Saxena) only for having sex with her. While making out in the hostel room, they are caught by the warden and Mandar gets expelled from the hostel, leading him to rent a small flat. There he meets a beautiful housewife Jyotsna (Sai Tamhankar) and sets his sights on her. The dapper Kshitij, in the meanwhile, beds a steady parade of stunning girls at Mandar's flat. In a side plot, one of Kshitij's many girlfriends has a friend Anju who is being sexually abused by her own father. Incensed on learning of this heinous act, Kshitij beats up the father and takes Anju and her kid brother away thus rescuing them. The ordinary looking Anju has a maturity and strength that gradually makes Kshitij fall in love with her. In an amusing scene, Mandar and Dilip talk about how Kshitij didn't fall for any of the pretty girls he was seeing, but fell in love with a dark complexioned plain girl. They both conclude with a racist joke that love is not only blind but color blind! Kshitij marries Anju and they eventually have a son.

Getting back to Mandar's dalliance with Jyotsana, their casual flirting gradually reaches a point where they start an affair. Hers is a marriage that has petered into nothingness, given her husband has let himself go out of shape and humour. Jyotsna needing sexual fulfillment finds it in Mandar. Their furtive affair carries on for a while, Jyotsana visiting Mandar's flat from time to time, before Deepak finds out. Once again Mandar is forced to shift residences and finally ends up staying with Dilip. In 1996, Mandar meets Parul again in order to keep in touch with her and is left heartbroken when he finds her with another guy, Alok.

After college, Mandar is shown working a full-time job but is involved in a booty call arrangement with an older married woman who goes by the name Savita Bhabhi. After years of loveless one night stands, he takes Dilip's advise and decides to meet some girls through matrimonial sites. His strategy of being honest about his past affairs upsets most potential matches who are orthodox, conservative girls. When he finally meets Tripti Gokhale (Radhika Apte), he is so smitten by her that he decides not be honest, but instead projects a holier-than-thou image. This almost backfires, as Tripti turns out to be a very open-minded girl who has no hang-ups about her own past and admits to having been in relationships before. Now stuck in a lie, Mandar has to continue projecting himself as an orthodox, colourless man. All the same, the two continue to meet and start liking each other.

In due course, Kshitij is killed in an encounter with insurgents in Kashmir. Mandar again is left heartbroken from losing his cousin and friend. This incident brings Tripti close to him as she comforts him. They eventually get engaged, but Mandar is having a tough time with the idea of monogamy. He has one last encounter with Savita Bhabhi. Worse still, while on an errand to pick up a distant relative (Rachel D'Souza) from the airport, Mandar assumes that the person hasn't turned up and instead tries to pick up an attractive woman who turns out to be the distant relative. Embarrassed and shamed, Mandar barely gets out of the situation by the skin of his teeth.

At this point, Tripti's ex-boyfriend Chaxx (Suraj Jagan) enters the equation. Cool, suave and charming, Chaxx is all that Mandar is not. That, and Tripti's history with Chaxx trouble him no end and make him insecure to the point where he assumes that Tripti is leaving him for Chaxx. Mandar decides to confess the truth about his sex obsession to Tripti and does so. Tripti also reveals that she got pregnant when she was with Chaxx and there was nothing between them as they have broken up. Tripti makes it clear to Mandar that Chaxx abandoned her when she needed him the most and therefore she can never take him back. She also tells him that Mandar is her present and she wants a future with him.

The film concludes with Mandar very happy as he is getting married to the girl he loves as he narrates the mishaps between Tripti and himself to his cousin Dilip.

Cast[edit]

  • Gulshan Devaiah as Mandar Ponkshe
  • Radhika Apte as Tripti Gokhale
  • Sai Tamhankar as Jyotsna Surve
  • Sagar Deshmukh as Dilip "Yusuf" Ponkshe
  • Veera Saxena[8] as Parul Kotak
  • Rachel D'Souza as Shobha N. T.
  • Vaibbhav Tatwawdi as Kshitij
  • Suraj Jagan as Chaxx
  • Sandeep Dhabale as Mandar's friend
  • Neena Kulkarni as Mandar's mother
  • Ravindra Mankani as Mandar's father
  • Pratibha Date as Tripti's mother
  • Dilip Vengurlekar as Tripti's father
  • Nitesh Pandey as Deepak Surve, Jyotsna's husband
  • Hansa Singh as Savitha Sahay
  • Subhadip Raha as the policeman

Shooting[edit]

The entire shooting was done in Mumbai, Pune and some rural parts of Maharashtra.

Soundtrack[edit]

Hunterrr
Soundtrack album by Khamosh Shah
Released 11 February 2015 (2015-February-11)[9]
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 32:04
Language Hindi
Label Zee Music Company
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The soundtrack of Hunterrr consists of seve songs composed by Khamosh Shah while the lyrics have been written by Vijay Maurya, Azazul Haque and Swanand Kirkire.[10]

Tracklist
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Hunterrr 303"Vijay MauryaBappi Lahiri3:59
2."Chori Chori"Khamosh ShahArijit Singh, Sona Mohapatra4:03
3."Thaali Hai Khaali"Azazul HaqueNakash Aziz3:51
4."Naina"Azazul HaqueKhamosh Shah5:39
5."Bachpan"Swanand KirkireAmit Trivedi5:11
6."Ye Naa Gade"Vijay MauryaAnand Shinde, Vaishali Made5:16
7."Dil Lagaana"Khamosh ShahAltaf Raja4:05
Total length:32:04

Critical Reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the movie has an approval score of 67% on the basis of 6 reviews with an average rating of 5.7 out of 10.[11] Rajeev Masand didn't like the portrayal of women in the film saying that the movie shows them as "desperate-for-marriage becharis, or unhappy frustrated housewives. The sexist stereotyping is one thing; more offensive is the fact that the women in the film are uniformly dumb." Rajeev gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5 and said that, "Too bad the film itself is promising but ultimately disappointing. A film, that in the end, delivers little else but cheap laughs."[12] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5 saying that, "‘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."[13] Meena Iyer of The Times of India gave the film a rating of 3 out of 5 and said that, "Investing a bit more on real emotions of the lead characters, instead of fast-forwarding to their baser instincts constantly, would have made the film more relatable."[14] Faiza S Khan of The Guardian gave the film a rating of 3 out of 5 and said that, "This sex comedy’s lead is creepy and cringeworthy, but at least the film manages to take a small step away from the genre’s usual crass misogyny".[15]

Raja Sen of Rediff gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5 and said that, "Hunterrr is a deeply problematic film, and fails rather miserably".[16] Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu found the writing of the film to be weak and said that, "In its current form, this Hunterrr is more horny than trigger-happy. He just walks around with a gun and rarely fires — except once in the whole film."[17] Saibal Chatterjee of Financial Express said that, "The film tends to ramble aimlessly after it has made its pivotal point: the path of juvenile carnality has more thorns than roses. It goes round in concentric circles as the hero creates a web of problems for himself".[18] Shubha Sherry Saha of Mid-Day gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5 and said that, "There is a subtle difference between a pure, unbridled take on the 'taboo' topic of sex and a tacky one that tries too hard. Unfortunately, though Harshavardhan Kulkarni's 'Hunterrr' shows a lot of promise, it veers more towards the latter."[19] Sweta Kausal of Hindustan Times gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5 and said that, "Hunterrr is not great, but director Harshvardhan Kulkarni, who has also written the script, has managed to churn out an interesting film that might become a stepping stone in this genre for Hindi cinema."[20]

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