Hunterrr: A sex comedy which doesn't objectify women
The film may not be a milestone in terms of how Bollywood handles its sex comedies but it is definitely a step in the right direction. To begin with, the women are neither objectified nor made a laughing stock. The joke is definitely on our protagonist, Mandar (Gulshan Devaiah), and his attempts - successful or not - to control his sex addiction.bollywood Updated: Mar 22, 2015 15:52 IST
hit theatres on Friday (March 20) and has created quite a buzz among movie-goers with its coming-of-age sex comedy.
The film may not be a milestone in terms of how Bollywood handles its sex comedies but it is definitely a step in the right direction. To begin with, the women are neither objectified nor made a laughing stock. The joke is definitely on our protagonist, Mandar (Gulshan Devaiah), and his attempts - successful or not - to control his sex addiction.
Here are a few examples of how the film flouts the norms of a Bollywood adult comedy and manages to be neither raunchy nor misogynist. A spoiler alert, though: Sequences and scenes are discussed in detail here, so if you haven't seen the film, we suggest you come back after watching Hunterrr.
Jyotsana Bhabhi, played by Sai Tamhankar, is a sexually frustrated married woman who seeks pleasure in arms of the neighbourhood college kid. Even after her husband finds out about her misadventures, Mandar suggests that they should continue with their escapades. However, unlike most women in Hindi films, Jyotsana tells him that he may run away from a rented room but she will not leave her kid for his sake. She is very clear that she was only seeking sexual pleasure without any emotional attachment, quite a big step for a woman in a Bollywood film.
Played by the ever-convincing actor Radhika Apte (of Badlapur fame), Trupti is the woman Mandar meets for an arranged marriage and falls for. Having decided to marry after a string of unsuccessful affairs, she categorically tells Mandar that they should take time knowing each other before finalising the marriage. Unlike other middle-class people from our films, Mandar does not mind Trupti's past affairs nor does Trupti want to carry forward grudges over his sexually-colourful past.
When Mandar approaches Shobha (Rachel D'Souza) and is rejected, he leaves without creating any ruckus or passing judgement over how she invite him, a stranger, into her hotel room and then denied him sexual favours. In fact, when he realises that she is the aunt he was supposed to pick up at the airport, he apologises and both director Harsvardhan and actor Gulshan have ensured that the guilt on Mandar's face is genuine. As audience, you end up caring for Mandar - a character who's not always likeable.