From a rogue ex-cop (the audience assumes), he is now a bounty hunter who kills, rescues and tracks people down without question if offered a big payday. When he is framed as the culprit during a quest, he finds himself trapped and the world now runs after him. Oh yeah, he also finds his stolen kidney in the mix. God bless our brain cells!
Hunter – Tootega Nahi, Totega Review: What Works:
The only thing that works in Hunter – Tootega Nahi, Todega (three extra words because the first one is already copyrighted I think) is that Suniel Shetty realized one fine day that he is still relevant, he has style, he has fired up to grace our screens once again. But he decided to go back to where it all went wrong without the slightest chance of redemption.
The idea of the event and its comic-book-inspired nature is very mind-blowing and borderline funny. But there’s one sequence that really works, and it has Shetty strapped to a bed and he’s fighting a goon that’s literally attached to him in a hospital. The only good visual effect besides that is Suniel watching in the shower while the woman he got together with is standing right in front of him but he treats her like a ghost. Self Assessment Level 100!
Hunter – Tootega Nahi, Todega Review: Star Performance:
Performances are secondary. Written by Amar Tipnis with directors Prince Dhiman and Alok Batra, all the characters are literal stereotypes of every dimly lit Hollywood action movie you’ve ever seen.
Suniel Shetty still has style and appeal very easily. But if you choose to present him on a boat sleeping naked right under the Bandra Worli sea link as a woman in a white bikini walks past him to pick up a wad of money and leave, how are we supposed to take this stereotypical troupe seriously? And where did the woman go? Did she decide to swim to shore? Probably Bandstand. And the rest is just an addition to how generic this character will be. The actor is trying his best to make it work, but what can he do?
The rest get to play one-note parts that don’t get anything to prove their caliber beyond what’s written because everything is one-layered. Esha Deol plays a woman who spent most of her life in a remote town, but now suddenly knows martial arts, can come up with wild plans, and worse, execute them better than a seasoned bounty hunter. Barkha Bisht, though the most dedicated actor on board, plays a stereotypical wife who is attacked on behalf of her husband. Dasara Movie Review: Nani Starrer’s Script Of 2nd Half Is An Additional Thing
Hunter – Tootega Nahi, Totega Review: What Doesn’t Work:
There is no problem in writing stories that are marinated in units of the past; it all depends on how you serve the new product. Vasan Bala, Sriram Raghavan and others pay homage to yesteryear cinema with their work, but not without adding their flavor to it all. Hunter looks like a college assignment that is a redo of too many things for the teacher not to catch the plagiarism.
Almost everything is in short supply, and anything in excess just spoils the show. For example, every single action sequence (and there are many) is shot with 200 different ideas. Video games, comics, martial arts movies, all sorts of ways. Now there is no unique vibe that connects you to this show. Add to that the fact that each sequence has an iconic song remixed and attached. And it’s so loud that at one point it feels like the sound engineers are in revenge mode and our ears are the victim.
Adapted from Saurabh Katyal’s novel The Invisible Woman, the screenplay is as predictable as it gets, and when it’s not, it’s entertaining. You can see the culprit from afar and you haven’t even been paid, sad. And in terms of hilarity, the narration shows how an organ harvester steals Suniel Shetty’s kidney and he is left with only one, which is already rotten due to the drugs he inflicted on himself. So now he has 3 days to find his good kidney and put it back in or he will die. It sounded serious to the creators; we had no choice but to laugh.
Hunter is visualized slowly. The attention to detail is top notch. The sets look like sets and not living spaces. All makeshift operating theaters are dimly lit in red. It signifies how all the bad things happen here. But who does red light operations? Maybe that’s why it was so easy to even beat them because logic wasn’t their best skill. The editing department plays a completely different game. They literally use collages of stills from the scene you just saw as a transition between the two sequences.
We don’t even emphasize that women are either the motivation or bland components destined to die a brutal death in this universe. Apparently these conversations weren’t even part of the writer’s room on Hunter.
Hunter – Tootega Nahi, Todega Review: Last Words:
Hunter – Tootega Nahi, Totega is stretched beyond repair and no one is going to save the day in this mess. Everyone in the cast deserves better.