Film Hindi Review

Hunterrr

A successful sexual player finds the going tough once he decides to settle down to an arranged marriage.

Hunterrr proves yet again a film has to go beyond having just an interesting idea or concept. The film, apart from a bit of sporadic wit and humor, makes you wonder what the point of the entire film is.

You wonder if the director, Harshvardhan Kulkarni, somewhere saw Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film The Killing (1956) while writing his screenplay and decided on the confusing (in this film, not so in Kubrick’s case) structure that appears more gimmicky rather than anything more. You lose track beyond a point and since the film doesn’t really engage you, you don’t really care either except to wait for this muddled film to get over; only it takes 140 minutes to do so. The film lacks depth, layering, maturity and insight. A few well-written scenes and a couple of nicely executed sequences don’t a film make. Even much of the humor appears terribly labored, obvious and heavy-handed.

Still, the adolescent sequences in the village do have some charm to them and provide the film with some of its best moments, there are moments every man would identify with as he sets out to score, and the cast go about their roles efficiently. Gulshan Devaiah has his moments and does succeed in humanizing his character to an extent. But sadly for him, the film is unable to delve into his mind or tell us what make him tick.  Radhika Apte lights up the screen whenever she is there, while Sai Tamhankar scores as a Savita Bhabhi prototype, stuck in a dreary marriage.

Overall, weak writing and a banal treatment pretty much let down what was, no doubt, an interesting premise to begin with.  Ultimately however, Kulkarni’s loaded gun does little more than merely fire blanks and that is a shame.

Score28%

 Hindi, Comedy, Drama, Color

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