Natsamrat – #itsallaboutnana

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Natsamrat is a cinematic adaptation from V V Shirwadkar iconic play by the same name. Natsamrat essayed by Nana Patekar is a celebrated veteran Shakespearean theatre artiste who is struggling to negotiate with the harsh realities of life once his fame begins to fade away. This character is based on Shakespeare’s King Lear. The plot of the story revolves around the protagonist who once a renowned theatre artiste or Natsamrat is reduced to a homeless wretch, counting his last days amidst the burnt remains of his theatre company.

Ganpat Belvalkar (Nana Patekar) is retiring from the stage as an actor, after leaving a legacy of work behind him. He now wants to spend time with his wife, family, and close friend Ramya (Vikram Gokhale). Ganpat is an eccentric man, and has his own distinct way of living his life. After retiring, Ganpat selflessly bequeaths his house and money to his children, Makarand (Ajit Parab) and Vidya (Mrunmayee Deshpande). His wife Kaveri (Medha Manjrekar), doesn’t quite agree with him and thinks of this to be an impractical decision. She supports her husband nevertheless. Soon, his whims start to create a rift between him and his children. Both Kaveri and Ganpat are self-righteous. Their dignity and self-respect is of utmost importance to them. To avoid further altercations, they leave their children behind, and end up living on the road. The movie portrays the dedication of Ganpat towards his wife, whom he lovingly calls Sarkar. It also shows that just how forgiving and practical Kaveri is towards Ganpat’s nomadic lifestyle.

Vikram Gokhale is Nana’s companion, confidante and also a competitor. Together, they rule the theatre world before they age and decide to retire gracefully. The film shows a beautiful bond of friendship between Ganpat and Ramya, two contemporaries and competitors. Vikram Gokhale shines in his small albeit meaty role. Watch out for the scene where Gokhale’s character is admitted in the hospital. His performance might just give you the goosebumps.

Natsamrat is a heartwarming story, with stellar performances. Nana Patekar emotes beautifully on screen. He does justice to his multi-faceted character. He conveys complicated emotions that run very deep, with an ease that will draw you in.

The film deals with an actor’s confusion of the whole ‘To Be or Not To Be’ question which life poses before him after his glory fades. It is essentially about the performer lurking in every retired actor who just can’t enough of the stage and his audience. The film is also mainly about the ruthless society we reside in. We conveniently forget actors, who we showered love upon once upon a time, after they go out of our sight.

The dialogs are intricate and inspired by the film’s theatre counterpart. The rich language is an integral part of the film. The famous monologue “Koni ghar deta ka ghar?” will leave you speechless.

You will instantly relate to this film if you love performing arts and appreciate beauty in all its forms and kinds. Watch Natsamrat for the sheer joy of watching super performances delivered by the finest actors of their time… and while you are at it, don’t leave the cinema before the credits roll. Don’t miss the phenomenal monologue towards the very end.

Have a look at the movie trailer on youtube:

One Comment Add yours

  1. Very well reviewed ruta..

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