Epic marathi dramas that are being recreated on silver screen.
Marathi film, literature and dramas have been the backbone of the industry since decades. While Indian cinema has churned out various genres of projects right from youth entertainment to historical topics, human interest stories are something that have always pleased the audience, come what may. Talking about the cult and conventional Marathi acts and drama plays, one can never forget mentioning Babasaheb Purandare’s Janta Raja, Kalai tasmai namaha, katyar kaljat ghusli, Natsamraat and many more to name further. These plays were directed and scripted by actors, performers and artists who had the never ending love and passion for Marathi cinema and theatre.
There are a few film makers who’re redefining the trend of mainstream commercial cinema. They are taking serious efforts to think out of the box and present a new set of movie experience to the audience. Lately, its being observed that Marathi industry is moving its interest towards the evergreen epic dramas that ruled the stage once upon a time and sadly today’s generation is unaware of the great told stories; which is why film, theatre and literature fraternity and much revered personalities such as Nana Patekar, Mahesh Manjrekar, Sachin Pilgaonkar and Subodh Bhave came up with the idea of recreating classic Marathi dramas into movies for today’s youth.
Introducing new genre in Marathi Film Industry
Natsamrat meaning ‘Emperor of Actors’ was a play penned by V.V. Shirwadkar aka Kusumagraj way back in 1970s, now slated for release on silver screen on January 1st 2016. And January 1st happens to be the births date of Nana Patekar, who has played the lead in this cinema. The Marathi Language film is directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and is produced by veteran actor Nana Patekar and Vishwas Joshi under the production banner of Great Maratha Entertainment.
One of the most challenging and fulfilling role ever played by him is what Nana Patekar believes. Many talented personalities such as, Raja Gosavi, Yashwant Dutt, Satish Dubhashi, Madhusudan Kolhatkar, Upendra Date, Chandrakant Gokhale, Datta bhat and Dr. Shreeram Lagoo have earlier played ‘Natsamrat’ on Marathi Rang Bhumi.
Film’s screenplay is the adaptation of Kusumagrajs iconic Marathi drama “Natsamraat” which did many rounds of successful sessions on stage. The 2016 movie Natsamraat features Nana Patekar in the lead role along with expert actors like Vikram Gokhale, Medha Manjrekar, Ajit Parab , Mrunmayee Deshpande, Sunil Barve and Neha Pendse in other supporting roles.
Katyar Kaljat Ghusali
Another movieKatyar Kaljat Ghusali – which simply translates to ‘A dagger through the heart’ was a 1967 play originally premiered in Mumbai wherein Hindustani classical vocalist Vasantrao Deshpande played the character of a singer protagonist in the play. In 2010, the play was launched again, featuring Rahul Deshpande, grandson of Vasantrao Deshpande as one of the singer protagonist along with Mahesh Kale. Owing to the great popularity of the play, actor Subodh Bhave decided to direct a movie based on the same drama play with the same title. The music for the 2015 Marathi film has been composed by the trio Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, and in order to retain the charm of the classic creation, the team decided to keep some of the songs from the original play which were originally composed by Jitendra Abhisheki.
Katyar Kaljat Ghusali has been selected to be screened in Goa at 46th International Film Festival of India, this year. The movie was highly appreciated and considered for the UNESCO Fellini honor medal
Seems the Marathi film industry is now redefining the usual mainstream cinema with this new approach and providing rich entertainment to the viewers. Kudos to the efforts and the talent out there, we’re eager and hoping to see some more epic dramas being recreated into movies in the coming future!