Shaukeen to Hunterrr: 5 reasons why sex-comedies make us cringe

  • Arnab Banerjee, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 19, 2015 20:25 IST

Adult comedy is a genre which is gaining momentum in Bollywood. Hunterrr is the latest edition in this list.

The tricky subject of sex comedy is not easy to get, that is, if the focus is on the raunchier side, it may end up becoming too outrageous. And if it attempts at being over-the-top, it can stoop to the level of a regular romantic comedy.

Hollywood adult comedy is something else. And it's high time we had our own The Girl Next Door and American Pie series: Films that go the whole hog and can be truly called comedies in the adult genre.

Hunterr seems like a perfect vehicle for the youth to lap up. It's a sex comedy touted to be a tribute to a Hindu God. Featuring actors like Gulshan Devaiah, Radhika Apte, Sai Tamhankar, Sagar Deshmukh, Veera Saxena, Rachel D'souza, its male lead Devaiah plays a sex addict in the film.

Here is a list of some of the most successful adult comedies in Bollywood that didn't start a trend but raked in the moolah for sure.

Shaukeen (1982)

This one was even more scandalous for the audience as the three male leads- Ashok Kumar, A.K Hangal and Utpal Dutt- look for the best outlet to rev up their libidinous thoughts. In the film, the three close friends decide to do everything that they couldn't in their youth. And so, the hunt for the best opportunity, the most curvaceous damsel and the perfect rendezvous to give vent to their pent-up desire begins. This time around too, character actors who either played romantic heroes in their youth (Ashok Kumar), or played the hapless and sacrificing father (A.K Hangal)in almost every earlier film, were seen in never-before roles. Even Dutt, who had often played some wily and wicked characters in Hindi cinema was seen expressing his hunger for sex uninhibitedly. Quite obviously, their numerous fans were in for a pleasant surprise to see their most admired actors in what can be termed vrare but otherwise normal portrayals. The film's romantic lead pair was Rati Agnihotri and Mithun Chakravarty where Agnihotri basked in all the attention showered on her and Chakravarty turned a glorified extra. The Basu Chatterjee directed film made decent profits at the box office. Its remake in 2013 unfortunately was a pathetic version of the original.

Andheri Raat Mein Diya Tete Haath Mein (1986)

In this 1986 release, actor-director Dada Kondke and his brand of humour bordered heavily on double entendres, and the somewhat staid audiences fed on a staple diet of dhishoom dhishoom and formulaic romantic comedies or thriller simply loved them while trying to digest some of the most bizarre dialogues ever delivered on the screen. What they found too amusing besides getting shocked were some of the grotesque lines uttered by actors like Amjad Khan, Mehmood featuring veterans like Dina Pathak. A low budget film, it did make huge profits from across the country

Masti (2004)

In one of the scenes in the film, a girl (played by the buxom Rakhi Savant) excuses herself to use the washroom. Imagine the shock on the face of the man she is with when he accidentally enters the bathroom and finds her peeing while standing. Thereafter the girl pleads that she would turn a woman after the operation.
Not in the same league as the other films in this genre, this smutty film had mainstream actors Vivek Oberoi Aftab Shivdasani and Riteish Deshmukh trying to cheat on their wives one night and trying to think of a way to get away from their wives for some time to relive their fun they had as bachelors. Their wish to have fun on the side while their preoccupied wives are busy shopping and taking care of their babies, makes them look for sex too. As the plot suggests, the film had all the possibilities to make them have fun with voluptuous babes. But they end up putting themselves in trouble and are accused for the murder of a girl. The bawdy film had some lame jokes and at times make you cringe but Indian audiences till such a film made it to the theatres, could not imagine a Lara Dutta or a Vivek Oberoi or an Ajay Devgn ( who plays a police inspector) being part of such a film. And needless to add, the film was a huge success, so much so that it had a sequel titled Grand Masti in 2013.

Kyaa Kool Hain Hum (2005)

This Ekta and Shobha Kapoor produced and Sangeeth Sivan directed comedy had all the ingredients that made youngsters sit up and take note of some of the most perfectly delivered lines by till-then unrecognized comic timing of actors Tusshar Kapoor Isha Koppiker and Riteish Deshmukh. The hilarious situation that the two actors who play friends Karan Pandey and Rahul are fashion designers, and live in a rented apartment. When they are unable to pay the rent, they are thrown out. The rest of the film is about the two meeting the women of their dreams and getting caught up in some of the most frolicsome, uproarious and side- splitting situations. Sample this: When an astrologer tells Karan that he would find his soul mate with has a mark on her right breast, all he does is to look for gorgeous babes with the mark on their bosom. Watch what happens when the two realize that their lovers are not what they seem, and how they attempt to get out of the mess that they have created for themselves, resulting in the domino effect of misunderstanding and mistaken identities. The two also get embroiled in a mess that makes them a murder suspect. Some of the dialogues and situations in the narrative are outright funny, wicked with several doses of double meaning lines thrown in in ample measure.

Delhi Belly (2011)

Mr Perfectionist Aamir Khan may have had reservations about the AIB show that left nothing to imagination and was subsequently diluted for viewing on YouTube, but he would remain a pioneer in establishing himself a mainstream hero who produced Delhi Belly in 2011, a black comedy film written by Akshat Verma and directed by Abhinay Deo, and had liberal sexual content and profanity, albeit more in the way it was written than in depicting graphic sex. Starring Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Vir Das, Poorna Jagannathan and Shenaz Treasurywala, the original version was in Hinglish, while a Hindi dubbed version was also released. The storyline has three roommates on the lookout for fun, but instead get enmeshed in a plot are chased around Delhi by gangsters after that stool sample mix-up, finally leading them to a gangster. All the dirty talk and potty humor withstanding, the film injects a sensibility for Indian audiences with a great deal of assurance. Peppered with irreverence, the film's dialogues and its song 'D K Bose Bhag…' became buzzwords with the urban educated young, who till then, thought such smartly paced and well timed gags were restricted to watching Hollywood's Hangover. Great production values proved to be an asset for the film's success.

While all the aforementioned films did good business, their collections didn't really make other producers get excited enough to make similar films. Perhaps, such films still don't get a repeat viewing, unlike our audiences thronging to see Dabangg many times over. But we are looking for a Hindi masala entertainer that is truly adult (Is Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani listening?), and looks beyond the crude humour, puerile scenes full of stale jokes, in the name of adult stuff, the makers don't force-feed us with vulgarity.

Is Hunterrr going to be that film? Let's wait and watch...

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