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Trailer covers all the novelty of the plot. The rest is a regular coming-of-age cum love story masked under the garb of a sex comedy. Neither very funny, nor insightful.Read more
It is crass. It is blatant about being crass. And those two statements are a little unsettling because they could be made about Grand Masti too.
Yet, there is something that tells you Hunterrr is more a (coming of age?) story about a boy (nymphomaniac?) rather than crass for the sake of being crass. Also, it looks a lot more real rather than over-the-top. A little too real? In the sense that, despite the names attached to it, especially the list of producers, Hunterrr's trailer brings a cringe and more.
I do see myself walking in to the theater with some trepidation. Here's hoping, it is misplaced.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Hunterrr's sex comedy bit is just the garnishing. To make the dish look palatable and draw you into the theater. No wonder you don't see much more than what you've already seen in the trailers. So, those of us going in to see our sexual needs represented in a comic way will be disappointed because that bit you've already seen in the promos. Those of us going in for the story of a boy who grew up like us or the romance will see nothing new because you've seen it in some other film.
And I have an inkling the writers were very aware of this. Only that can explain the back and forth in timelines. Usually, non-linearity is very intriguing and works brilliantly in building up to the climax. But, in Hunterrr after a point, I stopped caring. It didn't matter when Mandar dated which woman. Woman after woman till present day. He shows no disrespect to any woman but has his priorities right – and understandably so. It is ok for the emotional hook and identification with characters to be missing. But, here it is complete disinterest in how his life turns out or what events lead up to that. Also, the scenes where the audience is being twirled between imagination and reality get a little tedious. Except for some witty dialogue (most of which again you have seen in the trailer), the writing misses target.
Protagonist Mandar (Gulshan Devaiah) is a guy on the street who is always looking out for women. Not to be confused with “watching out for women” – just in case the word 'protagonist' in the context of a Hindi film, threw you off. He's the guy who looks at women in a way that'd make women uncomfortable. But for some reason, none of the women he looks at in the film experience discomfort with his attention. I guess the player that he is, he knows his way around.
If it were not for the performances, the novelty of Hunterrr would have died down very quickly turning it into a very sleazy affair. Gulshan Devaiah gives the creeps and goes shy in sync with the need of the scene. As a natural progression, there is a certain amount of tackiness in the way he approaches the women. But hey, if the women don't mind his overtures, you respect their choice and accept the events. Which in turn means that all the women are convincing. Radhika Apte has a certain ease with which she performs. You end up believing her reactions in the weirdest of situations (across films).
Other than that, there are some social references in the film which are rather overt – from safe sex to child sex abuse or paternal abuse of girl child to our preference for the fair when it comes to the fairer gender and so on. These seem out of place because the film is otherwise very comfortable in its space of sex comedy.
These other things kind of jump out as awkward in trying to prove that the film is more than what it is – a justification for sexual gestures and norms from groping to men befriending women with only one intention; it is all a part of growing up, you see. Fortunately for the film and unfortunately for real life, this explanation is how it is. Only some boys become men sooner rather than later.
Sure, we do need films that talk about sexuality – both male and female. There is a lot of talk about representing the sexual needs of women in films. But, the sexual needs of men too aren't addressed other than in the context of rape. Hunterrr is fresh in that context. Beyond that though, it is a regular coming-of-age plus love story. Not very interesting once you get past the “different” part of the background.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Prateek Sur, Bollywood Life : ...LEAVE EVERYTHING AND GO WATCH THIS FILM. Bollywood hardly has such comedies and this one is definitely going in history as one of the bests. A MUST WATCH!... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...The music of this movie is appropriate. The lyrics are in perfect sync with the situation they’re depicting. The camera work is complementing of its voyeuristic setting. This is one very well conceived movie. If you’re sweating at the idea of a sexually charged movie that could offend you with its content, be rest assured that the visuals aren’t as graphic, the movie never gets vulgar. In fact, this movie subliminally depicts it’s provocative themes in the most tasteful manner. This is a must watch.... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Dum??? Well, this movie is a nonstop adult entertainer for all those who have a humorous mind. It's a high level quality stuff, which is very hard to be found in our Hindi cinema and will end up being a game changer in years to come. The family audiences and people with an orthodox mindset should stay miles away from this movie. Also, some might find the movie to be male centric, but nevertheless enjoy this exuberant journey of adulthood with your friends and like minded people.... full review
So-So, by Suparna Shrma, Deccan Chronicle : ...The obsession with “likes” in these times of Facebook is killing all the fun. And Hunterrr is its latest victim. It’s all too keen that we like it, rather than we simply enjoy it. How sad.... full review
So-So, by MIhir Fadnavis, FirstPost : ...Certainly there are more plusses in the film than there are minuses, but the negatives come at such ferocious intensity, you tend to loathe the film by the end. It’s also more frustrating to watch a film that showed some promise and let you down comprehensively in the end, than it is to see a movie that’s hopeless from beginning to end... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Gulshan Devaiah’s toned performance, Radhika Apte’s immersive one and Sai Tamhankar’s libidinously affective one combined with the retro-elements visible in the production and sound design keeps the interest going but the loopy narrative lets the excitement leak out for quite a bit. And Kulkarni’s freaky attempts to stretch the narrative by repeating overly familiar tricks also curtails the enjoyment. At best ‘Hunterrr’ is interesting and entertaining –It certainly could have been much better than that though! ... full review
So-So, by NUPur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...The music is loud, and memorable - apt for the setting. The only technical flaw is the editing, but then again, the script is written in such a manner that not much could have been done with the sequence of shots shown in the movie. You'd expect it to be a bit tighter, though.... full review
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...Like I mentioned earlier, HUNTERRR is Gulshan Devaiah and Gulshan Devaiah is HUNTERRR! He gets excellent support from the entire cast, especially the girls who play a prominent part. Sai Tamhankar as the frustrated housewife sizzles in the truest sense of the word, Veera Saxena's act borders on the real and Radhika Apte delivers another fine act after BADLAPUR.... full review
So-So, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...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.... full review
So-So, by IANS, Zee News : ...‘Hunterrr’ is a disarmingly frank sex comedy that knocks off all moral policing and strips the holier-than-thou brigade to the bare essentials. You may not like Mandar's leery behavior. But hell, some men do look at women as sex objects. And anyone who objects to sex is advised to look away.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA : ...Also the film stereotypes all married women as frustrated and willing to jump into bed with the first single eligible men. Mandar and his friend somehow continue to find single women with whom they have casual sex in his bachelor pad when they have nothing going for them. It all seems set in some fantastical space, one you just don't buy in the end. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Still, the film rests largely on the able shoulders of Gulshan Devaiah, who succeeds in making you care for a character that's not always likeable. Devaiah brings an everyman earnestness to Mandar, which protects him from coming off as a deviant. Too bad the film itself is promising but ultimately disappointing. A film, that in the end, delivers little else but cheap laughs.... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...Hunterrr has its share of dirty jokes, frivolous fun and the uninhibited moments which will increase its appeal from boys to men. However, one wishes that as the film reaches the always foreseeable end there was a better depiction of Mandar's redemption.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rohit Khilnani, india today : ...The film is packaged well with decent music that goes with the plot. Songs by Bappi Lahiri and even Altaf Raja work well. If packaging could save a bad product then Hunterrr would be watchable.... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Which is why it should come as no surprise that, at the scene mentioned at the head of this review, not just does the woman not invoke the bearded journalist, but she refuses even to behave like that other TV anchor and “demand to know.”... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Ladies, if you like being called 'Party Pack' and 'Family Pack' and have the same IQ as the female characters of this film, you too might dissolve into giggles and enjoy the cheeky humiliation. For those men who think being creepy is cute, this is your fairytale. For all the sane people, call your DVD guy to rent out a genuine sex comedy instead!... full review
Thumbs down, by Moumita Bhattacharjee, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: Rather go on a real hunting spree wherever it’s legal! - See more at: http://starblockbuster.com/movie-review-hunterrr#sthash.5rfw67v7.dpuf... full review
Thumbs down, by SUDHISH KAMATH, The Hindu : ...If the film is guilty of anything, it’s the weak writing (there’s a terribly sentimental moment that falls flat when he cries reminiscing about his friend’s urinating habits) and the gimmicky deviations… After a while, the “LOL, just kidding, what really happened was…” style of narrative gets annoying.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, theW14.com : ...Between the two main characters the movie collects enough material not only to flit between various timelines (that we’ve been going through anyway), but also between various possibilities of what could happen in various scenes. We basically keep going back and forth and back…. The movie has nowhere to go. I’m sorry at some point you’re just desperate to go home, and maybe catch this on TV instead... full review
viveknest: #Hunterrr is a cool movie. The ending drags a bit. But otherwise a well handled sex-comedy. Gulshan Deviah and Bappida rock #fb
vineet_chugh: Hunterrr is a gud family movie. Entire family can watch it in different rooms. @radhika_apte impresses once again after Badlapur.
vikramthapa76: #hunterrr may be 'bang on' but is India ready to accept what the film tries to say. #mastram was a flop too. They are secrets for a reason.
vikasyadav30: #Hunterrr i ve not seen such an entertaining film since Queen, which was also from the same banner :)
VibhavTakey: Watched Hunterrr class movie..!!! ✌ @rakeshpitroda @Pratik161289 #sameerboy..!!!
VacuumGupta: Watched #Hunterrr . Fantastic film. Koi shak nai h @FuhSePhantom ki sari movies acchi hi hoti hai.
upamanyu70: Mitron please please please watch Hunterrr. Super movie. Reminds me of good old tharki days :)
TillotamaShome: Rockstars:@gulshandevaiah @radhika_apte &every other actor in that film.Go watch #Hunterrr a hilarious and yet endearing coming of age film
TigerSarvankar: Superb acting in full movie by @gulshandevaiah @radhika_apte & @SaieTamhankar
tarun_ramani: HUNTERRR... Wonderful film...
TarakanchaFan: Reason #7 to watch #Hunterrr: Its not only about #sex but it is also full of #comedy and #Drama @SaieTamhankar
TallyBaaN: Movie critic piggybacking on the feminist sentiment pimping her review of the movie #Hunterrr is the most unbiased article you'll ever read.
sunil937175: watch #Hunterrr Enjoyed.Don't miss..!
suneal: 'LOVE IS BLIND'- General saying. LOVE IS COLOR BLIND'- Mandar saying. #Hunterrr superb entertainer @SaieTamhankar performance sizzling hot
SSG_SPEAKS: #Hunterrr hillarious and nice
srbhtibrewal: Really enjoyed the movie #Hunterrr and the performances of @SaieTamhankar @gulshandevaiah @radhika_apte #Exotic #Comedy #Sex
sidburman: #Hunterrr what a laugh riot .... :D
shrillchill: #Hunterrr, a film for bachelors and youth. Good work by @gulshandevaiah and @radhika_apte. @SaieTamhankar is so natural.
ShinyRadical: Full blown lover girl crush on @radhika_apte. Badlapur and now Hunterrr. This is love❤️
shikharagarwal2: #Hunterrr such a funny movie
shashank_rayal: #Hunterrr >> Getting Thumbs Up...coz of its hilarious dialogues. Enjoyable Flick @HunterrrPonkshe @radhika_apte http://twitter.com/shashank_rayal/status/579020065426681856/photo/1
seriouslytalib: HUNTERRR is a laugh riot and a well balanced directorial masterpiece. It is not as vulgar as I imagined but more entertaining that I thought
sardamit: To be honest, hunterrr is a decent movie! People who are complaining have probably not even watched the movie! (1/2)
sagarcasm: Hunterrr is the Indian version of American pie. Don't remember the last time I laughed so much in a bollywood movie. 9/10
sadiyagandhi: Hunterrr is good time pass.. Sai n radhika along with Devi is awesome..Anurag Kashyap get work frm your house...I like it
rvirajak: watched #Hunterrr awesome movie. great acting by @gulshandevaiah and @radhika_apte . after a long time saw a good bolly movie.
robbenthomas: #Hunterrr is so much more believable than #NH10 . Go watch it now! Meowww.. @radhika_apte so subtle yet so glamorous #fan4life
RJRIYA: super performances by @gulshandevaiah @radhika_apte & @SaieTamhankar, Hunterrr a must watch, Film દર 10 મી મીનીટે યાદ અપાવે Men Will Be Men
pyarasaparth: Thank you @FuhSePhantom for @HunterrrPonkshe ! Worth producing such a film :D Class apart! #Hunterrr
PrincePrithvi: #Hunterrr dekha.. mazaa aaya
prateekkhamesra: #Hunterrr mast time pass movie hai.. Watch it and laugh over the journey of Mandy!!
PCSRKLuver: #Hunterrr Such Magnificnt movi aftr long tym @radhika_apte ur True charm @gulshandevaiah Done awsm job @SaieTamhankar speechless Task
oneshotofwhskey: What a time pass movie this #hunterrr is XD
nikvenk: #Hunterrr a good little entertainer, wid some gr8 dialogues & performances @gulshandevaiah especially @radhika_apte with brilliant acting
NewGlamourBoy: Just saw #hunterrr .. Loved the movie . so much fun.. Brilliant acting .
MoviezAdda: Go and watch # hunterr guys mad film , this man is out standing @gulshandevaiah n @radhika_apte @SaieTamhankar #Vassugiri #Hunterrr
Michael_Vasanth: RT reviewpuram: Watched #Hunterrr today, and I think this is one of the best adult comedies we have had in recent times... #Bollywood
madhusudhananj: Hunterrr has been watched. Better than nh10 for me.
Kishnani_T: #Hunterrr - Just go and watch. Absolutely fun
KhurafatiDoc: Kuch movies rang de bashanti Hai to kuch 3 idiots type....aur kuch #Hunterrr hoti Hai... 4/5 from my side
kewal001: Hunterrr is Brilliant! #Hunterrr @radhika_apte @gulshandevaiah
KamathGurudutt: HUNTERRR -- 3.5/5 stars (1st half 4 for humour, 2nd --3 for story). Enjoyed the film v much. Acting, story, humour, direction are fabulous.
jrnybot: Fuck critics. Hunterrr is the definitive guide to the Indian male's libido. Watch it.
impritampyare: superb #dialogue superb #screenplay superb #editing and simply awesomely superb acting by @radhika_apte & @gulshandevaiah #Hunterrr
ImParthSo: Must watch hunterrr @sagar_299 @jineshpatel30 @vishrut63
iFaridoon: Guys,do watch #Hunterrr 4 a well told story,some outstanding performances and a cinema that must be supported n Enjoyed.Don't miss!!!
idevirT_kidraH: Hunterrr is an outrageous hilarious film with heart at its right place powered by a brilliant gulshan devaiya. Truly one of bests of 2015.
Harpreet648: #Hunterrr is not only an adult comedy movie.It's a full package of Comedy,Emotion, @radhika_apte @Sai_Tamhankar @FuhSePhantom
grvinthehouse: Watched #Hunterrr and loved it!! http://twitter.com/grvinthehouse/status/578919415770533890/photo/1
FilmyKeeeda: #Hunterrr was a bit long but at the end enjoyed the dialogues & the entire periodical treatment. A worth watch for people with frnds.
ExTweleb: Even to represent a bold or sex scene in seductive manner is an art... #Hunterrr A must watch movie for 18+ cc: @SaieTamhankar
Dipika_B: I never thought I would enjoy #Hunterrr the way I did. Excellent performances and a fun score. Def worth a watch.
deserttrose: #Hunterrr on da prowl,nd he has scored! nddd how..lov lov lov it ..wat awesome performances by @SaieTamhankar @radhika_apte @gulshandevaiah
Deepuzoomout: #Hunterrr has a terrific 1st half and falls flat in the 2nd half. Fantastic performances . a one time watch for sure.
CineMaakiKasam: Saw #Hunterrr today.. A nice movie after a long time.. Brilliant acting by Gulshan Devaiah & @radhika_apte
chickoo_chirag: Saw HUNTERRR last night and I never thought I would enjoy this movie the way I did. Outrageously hilarious sex comedy which is entertaining.
chadharobin3: #Hunterrr is one of the most entertaining movie I've ever seen in my life!!
bolnabey: Lot many problems with Hunterrr, quite liked it still. @gulshandevaiah @radhika_apte @SaieTamhankar FTW!
BlunderBoi: Just watched #Hunterrr. @gulshandevaiah reminds you of Amol Palekar of the 80s. Great job by @radhika_apte and Saie Tamhankar. A must watch!
Bhooshan: ‘Hunterrr’ was hilarious. Remembered how in the 90s learning to work on the typewriter was considered very sophisticated. Good movie!
being_kaushar: #Hunterrr Nice movie
Atulurlove: #Hunterrr Not what I expected but its even better, Performances are superb, story is real. Laugh, cry, feel and remember Go for it Today!
arindom13: U cant miss #Hunterrr, fntstc dirctn, evrythng jst prfct.A big salute to dirctor for ur storytelling. Rating 5/5 @Fever104FM_Kol #Hunterrr
ABnormalConnect: Reserve maximum accolades for @gulshandevaiah... I'm sure we will get to see more of him in future. He nailed it. @HunterrrPonkshe #Hunterrr
aarte: Hunterrr, what a movie! Hats off! @gulshandevaiah brilliant performance!
aamir__71: #hunterrr has so many crazy scenes ppl in d theatre jus went beserk screamin an shouting whistles all round in a multiplex a rare sight
aadilgul600: Awsm movie #Hunterrr @radhika_apte yet again super performance Evrythng is fab luvd it #keep_shining
89Teaser: Saw #Hunterrr, what a movie and what a genius you are, @gulshandevaiah!! Too good! Sir ji charan kahan hain aapke.. _/\_
007Yamauddin: Saw HUNTEERRRR,,, must say great great movie, you will love it! #Hunterrr @anuragkashyap72
WeAreNashik: #Hunterrr was OK ! sai tai had a very small but saucy role 2.5/5 another sex comedy
shivom_oza: Just watched Hunterrr. Very interesting premise, some great scenes, but too long-drawn! :-I
RitikaKr: Why did you have to be so moral at the end #Hunterrr? You were perpetually horny and that was ok.
Malika_e_Crazy: Apart from fantastic performances there was nothing .. Awesome about hunterrr. Male nymph falls in love n cleans up
Jyotiranjan432: Movie Review: #Hunterrr Rating: 3 Star(* * *) HUNTERRR, despite falling in the sex Com genre, does not qualify to... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=847289215342066
Imshri09: Watched #Hunterrr and #Tungabhadra.. Hunterrr is an average movie... Tungabhadra is a big disappointment
delphikt: Movie Review: 'Hunterrr' is funny but suffers from erratic dysfunction
ANH2102: Hunterrr is a pretty decent movie. There are some absolute hilarious moments. Although the story suffers from a poor plot.
amit12354: #FilmyFriday #Review #Hunterrr Overall The Film is Strictly for men who have lived the bygone era, Pure Nostalgia for them. (2.5/5) For Us!!
Adhoora_alvida: #Hunterrr narration style irritated me to hell. Otherwise it was enjoyable movie.
_SangeetaShree: Hunterrr review No milestone but a step towards mature sex comedy
mohantysibabrat: Intermission and the movie has been disappointing #Hunterrr
mainbhiengineer: Hunterrr is a great opportunity wasted by terrible filmmaking. It has some good moments but fails as a film.
koreanspainla: Hunterrr review: A funny sex comedy with a horribly botched up ending #lafd #haha
Kishan935900: #Hunterrr You can waste your 2 hrs very smoothly...
Jose2United: WORST MOVIE EVER #Hunterrr
EyeOfCortana: Hunterrr ne hunter gumaya lekin khud ki Bum*** par laga....
curentbollynews: #Hunterrr disappoints,No sin in avoiding
BollyHollyTelly: Hunterrr: The Lusty Male Gaze
abhisek_s: Hunterrr. Below average.
9ratna_9: BOTH #Hunterrr & #DilwaliZaalimGirlfriend ARE SHIT MOVIES, #NH10 OR #DLKH WILL BE BETTER THIS WEEKEND....
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