Return of the Erotic Comedy in Marathi Cinema
After a string of powerful dramas like Sairat, Court, Killa and Aapla Manoos, the spotlight is back on Marathi cinema for a completely diverse genre of films. Mahesh Manjrekar’s production, Shikari, is an erotic comedy that harks back to the era of Dada Kondke when skin show, suggestive lyrics and double entendres dominated films. If the posters and trailer of the film are anything to go by, the film is unapologetic in its aim to make heads turn with a healthy dose of sex and comedy.
The film stars Suvrat Joshi and Mrunmayee Deshpande in lead roles and has been directed by Viju Mane. Many viewers claim that the plot of Shikari bears a strong resemblance to the 1986 Hindi film Anubhav starring Shekhar Suman and Padmini Kolhapure. This film also features the story of a young couple, where the husband gets involved in an extramarital affair.
In an attempt to grab the attention of viewers, the makers of Shikari have pulled out all stops to highlight the adult content of the film. According to producer Mahesh Manjrekar, the film is a tribute to Dada Kondke and will bring back the era of double meaning comedies.
The adult comedy also aims to send out a relevant message about the dark side of show business. The title Shikari points towards the mentality of many powerful men brokers in the film industry who are sexual predators. They target young artists and newcomers looking for a toehold in the industry. The film aims to ward off young actors and advises them to tread cautiously in the glamour world. The bold and daring film has created anticipation among viewers and is ready for a 20th April release. Its box office performance may usher in a new era of adult comedies in Marathi cinema.