Inspiration, Movie Review

Natsamrat: असा नट होणे नाही



My first review and first blog, a step towards connecting with the unknown on the other side. I hope everyone loves it…

Nana Patekar starrer Natsamrat, is nothing less than a creative spectacle that opens up your mystic side with which most of us deal with the outside world. The film is the official adaptation of iconic Marathi playwright Kusumagraj’s (V.V. Shirwadkar) “Natsamrat“, which was first staged in 1970 and performed by Dr. Shriram Lagoo.

“To be or not to be, that is the question” Hamlet’s great soliloquy by Shakespeare or the courageous words by Julius Caesar to the Romans, while being backstabbed by his own Brutus reach its epitome, when an actor of Nana Patekar’s calibre delivers it with pure intensity and grief.

The part and role on whom the movie is based (Ganpat Ramchandra Belwalkar) has been spectacularly performed by Nana no doubt, but other supporting cast in the form of Vikram Gokhale (who plays an alter-ego to Natsamrat) and Medha Manjrekar who has played a subdued wife, talking through her eyes in noteworthy as well.

The film also features Mrunmayee Deshpande, Sunil Barve, Neha Pendse and Ajit Parab in supporting roles. The relationship between the grand daughter and Natasamrat will melt your hearts for sure. The family drama shown in the movie, may have been watched earlier as well, but the depth of handling it over a niche dramatization should be credited to director Mahesh Manjrekar, who has done an exceptional job.

After a willing retirement from the theatre, Natsamrat wanted to spend rest of life with his family but then circumstances happen and he goes through certain life events which relate to each and every person’s life.

When I was watching the film, it pushed my mind into thinking the daily atrocities of life, yes, every line he said stands true, which relates to the life. The part where the old couple travels, talks, and looks back at their 50 years of them being together, will roll a drop of tear or two from your eyes. The climax where Natsamrat performs his final act in a burnt theatre before collapsing on the floor, profoundly displays what the person and his persona was. There are very few movies that make you think, and Mahesh Manjrekar’s Natsamrat is one of them.

So what are you guys waiting for? Go watch it ASAP.

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