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Hunterwali

(हंटरवाली)
1935- Action, White and Black
A story of a princess who fights injustice as the masked crusader Hunterwali (lit. "lady with the whip"), the film propelled Nadia and the Wadia brothers of Wadia Movietone to fame. The film, an expensive venture, was a blockbuster. Hunterwali was the first lead role for Nadia. She performed many stunts in the film.
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Director: Homi Wadia
Keywords: woman


Hunterwali: Pictures, Posters


Fearless nadia in the hindi film hunterwali (1935).

Fearless nadia bold fight performance on a train in hunterwali (1935).

Fearless nadia smoking in hunterwali (1935) movie.

Movie Cast

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Fearless Nadia Fearless Nadia Princess Madhuri
John Cawas John Cawas
Boman Shroff Boman Shroff Jaswant
Sharifa Sharifa Krishnavati
Gulshan Gulshan
Sayani Atish Sayani Atish
Jaidev Jaidev Cunnoo
Master Mohammed Master Mohammed The King


Movie Details

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Movie NameHunterwali
Original Language Nameहंटरवाली
English TranslationThe Princess and the Hunter
Year1935
Release Date1935
Languages Hindi
StorylineA story of a princess who fights injustice as the masked crusader Hunterwali (lit. "lady with the whip"), the film propelled Nadia and the Wadia brothers of Wadia Movietone to fame. The film, an expensive venture, was a blockbuster. Hunterwali was the first lead role for Nadia. She performed many stunts in the film.
Story SummaryThe story begins on a stormy night, with a prologue explaining that Krishnavati and her infant son are getting evicted from her house by the Prime Minister (Vazier), Ranamal. Earlier, Ranamal had also had her brother murdered. The film switches to 20 years later when Krishnavati's son Jaswant is an adult. The royal car hits Jaswant in an accident. Then the scene leads to Princess Madhuri (Fearless Nadia) offering Jaswant compensation in the form of gold for the injury caused. Jaswant gallantly refuses the gift and the princess is attracted to him. The villain Ranamal also has a crush on the princess and wants to marry her. This proposal is opposed by her father the king who is imprisoned by Ranamal. Madhuri, assumes the role of "Hunterwali", a masked vigilante, the "protector of the poor and punisher of evildoers". She then goes around performing stunts like jumping over a moving carriage and then defeating 20 soldiers in one sweep with swashbuckling whipping style. She does not spare Jaswant either as she steals his prized possession, a horse called "Punjab", but soon gives it back to him. Jaswant plots his vendetta and finds Madhuri bathing nude in the river and kidnaps her and gifts her to Ranamal for a reward, but she later escapes. At the end, Madhuri and Jaswant join hands to fight Ranamal together and defeat him.
Run Time164 Mins
Movie BudgetINR 80000
Gross IncomeINR 14


Movie Crew

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Writer (story)Homi Wadia
Writer (Screenplay)Homi Wadia
CinematographyBalwant Dave
Writer (Dialogue)Joseph David
DistributionWadia Movietone


Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. In April 2013, during the centenary festival of Indian cinema in Delhi, the film along with silent classic, Diler Jiger (1931, Gallant Hearts), was shown in the "tent cinema" erected as a part of the celebrations.
  2. The main character in the film, Hunterwali/Madhuri, is the feisty and blue eyed beauty, Nadia in the disguise of a man. Mary Evans aka Nadia, an Australian entered Indian cinema in 1934 and had acted in two films, Desh Deepak and Noor-e-Yaman, before Hunterwali.
  3. A popular scene in the film was the moment when Hunterwali announced in the third reel that ”aajse main Hunterwali hoon" ( "from today, I am the woman with the whip"), which resulted in the maximum cheering from the crowd.
  4. Hunterwali was a runaway success and a bonanza in terms of money earned, as it ran for 25 weeks making record earnings for the year. This was Nadia's and Wadia Movietone's first big success.
  5. The film, an expensive venture, was a blockbuster. It inspired numerous products, incorporating Hunterwali in their brand names. Because of the movie's success, Nadia became a cult icon and starred in numerous stunt films, becoming Indian cinema's "earliest and most popular stunt actress".
  6. Language pundits objected to the blending of two words; Hunter, an English word denoting “whip” and wali, which was a Hindi word made a corrupted hybrid which did not do justice to either language
  7. Hunterwali was the most popular character of its time and was listed as "Bollywood's best loved character" in 100 years of Indian cinema by CNN-IBN.
  8. One of the interesting scenes, presented as tableaux, is that of Hunterwali lifting a man over her head with the sidekicks pirouetting around her, performing gymnastics, in the middle of a chase; this scene almost became a stereotype scene in most of her later films.
  9. The producers Wadia Movietone (founded by the brothers JBH Wadia and Homi Wadia) specialised in stunt-based and mythological films at that time. The story line was developed by J.B.H. Wadia to suit Nadia's character.
  10. Nadia stunts on trains and horse carriages as well as those with animals as well as her blond appearance were well received by the audience.
  11. Hunterwali was the first lead role of Nadia. Her character for the role had evolved over years with her training in riding, as a dancer, a fitness freak, a circus artist and as a theatre artist during the 1920s and early 1930s, which was accentuated by a svelte heavily built but supple Amazonian athletic figure with blond hair and blue-eyes.


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