4 Marathi movies based on plays you must watch

Theatre is known as the greatest of all art forms. The action-packed live performances with captivating music create an enthralling atmosphere. And Marathi plays with their diverse subjects, adapted into movies. Let’s take a look at some Marathi plays that have been converted into movies.

1.    Aapla Manus

Adapted from the play Katkon Trikon, the movie is one of the latest to be based on a play. It is based on the fundamental differences among people in a small family. The movie carefully highlights the issues between the father-in-law played by Nana Patekar and daughter-in-law portrayed by Iravati Harshe. However, an unexpected incident changes their lives forever.

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2. Lalbaug Parel

The movie is based on the lives of mill workers in Mumbai after the textile mills shut down in the 80s. The movie, based on the play Adhantar, explores the exploitation of mill workers and the atrocities towards them. It also highlights the failure of the government to act on it. The movie also has a Hindi version called City Of Gold.

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3. Natsamrat

The movie is an adaptation of the iconic Marathi play Natsamrat written by acclaimed playwright, Kusumagraj. With Nana Patekar in the lead role of Appa Belvalkar, the movie takes you through his tragic life. Appa is an acclaimed veteran theatre actor and is known as Natsamrat, the emperor or the king of theatre. The movie explores the highs and extreme lows of his family life and his eventual downfall. The movie was also remade in Gujarati in 2018 as Natsamrat.

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4. Katyar Kaljat Ghusali

Based on the play by the same name, the movie is known for its extravagant sets and dramatic acting. With actors such as Sachin Pilgaonkar and Subodh Bhave, the movie is a class apart. The movie is also singer Shankar Mahadevan’s acting debut. 

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