Marathi theatre lovers, we’re got some good news. A number of Maharashtra’s renowned actors, we’re talking Prashant Damle, Kavita Medhkar, Vandana Gupte, Nivedita Saraf, Bharat Jadhav, Umesh Kamat and more, will be taking to the stage. Here’s our guide to must-watch Marathi plays.
Written by Mahesh Elkunchwar, Wada Chirebandi is set in 1970s Vidarbha and examines the crumbling of the joint family structure via the story of the Deshpande family. Directed by Chandrakant Kulkarni, it stars renowned Marathi actors such as Nivedita Saraf, Prasad Oak, Vaibhav Mangale, Bharati Patil and others.
Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni
Cast: Nivedita Saraf, Prasad Oak, Vaibhav Mangale, Bharati Patil, Pornima Manohar
When: Saturday, March 27 to Sunday, April 4 at 4pm, 4.30pm and 5pm.
Where: Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane; Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Navi Mumbai; Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Pune.
‘Eka Lagnachi Pudhchi Gosht’
There’s a reason Prashant Damle is on everyone’s favourite actor list; he completely owns the stage. The prequel to this play, Eka Lagnachi Gosht was a hilarious comedy starring Damle and Kavita Medhkar as Manoj and Manisha. In the sequel, the couple has been married for 18 years and Manoj, who’s battling stress and a midlife crisis, decides to embark on a harebrained scheme to bring some spark back to their relationship. Medhkar and Damle’s chemistry is intact, perhaps even better since the first play, and Damle proves that comedy is his forte. And yes, when he reprises ‘Mala sanga sukh mhanje nakki kaay asta’ from the prequel, you will hum along.
Director: Adwait Dadarkar
Cast: Prashant Damle, Kavita Medhkar, Atul Todankar, Mrunal Chemburkar
When: Saturday, March 27 to Friday, April 2 at 4pm, 4.30pm and 5.30pm.
Where: Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Navi Mumbai; Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Pune.
‘Punha Sahi Re Sahi’
We have two words for you – Bharat. Jadhav. The actor is a laugh riot in the sequel to the highly successful 2004 comedy play Sahi Re Sahi. Jadhav reprises his role of Madan Sukhamte, the eccentric businessman, and his multiple lookalikes in Punha Sahi Re Sahi. He owns the stage, and your attention from the get-go, as he portrays four different characters, and does each of them justice.
Director: Kedar Shinde
Cast: Bharat Jadhav
When: Saturday, March 27 to Monday, April 12 at 4.15pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 7pm and 7.30pm.
Where: Prabodhankar Thackrey Auditorium, Borivali (West); Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Thane; Adya Krantiveer Vasudev Balwant Phadke, Navi Mumbai; Yashwantrao Chavan Smruti Sada, Karad; Keshavrao Bhosale Natyagruha, Kolhapur; Shahu Kala Mandi, Satara; Shri Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Sangli.
‘Haravlelya Pattyancha Banglaa’
If we’re being honest, we’ll watch anything with Vandana Gupte in it. It helps that Haravlelya Pattyancha Banglaa is a nuanced story uplifted by Gupte and Pratiksha Lonkar’s performances. Essentially a mother-daughter drama in which the latter always takes the former for granted, the story is peppered with equal amounts of humorous moments and emotional confrontations.
Director: Chandrakant Kulkarni
Cast: Vandana Gupte, Pratiksha Lonkar, Dipti Lele, Rajan Joshi
When: Saturday, April 3 to Monday, April 19 at 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm, 7pm and 6pm.
Where: Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium, Borivali; Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Pune; Yashwantrao Chavan Smruti Sada, Karad; Keshavrao Bhosale Natyagruha, Kolhapur; Shahu Kala Mandi, Satara; Shri Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Sangli.
‘A Perfect Murder’
In this Marathi adaptation (pictured above) of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder, Meera Majumdar (Priya Marathe) is torn between two men – her husband Niranjan (Pushkar Shrotri) and ex-boyfriend Kamlesh (Aniket Vishwasrao). She agrees to meet Kamlesh for the last time to end their affair, unaware that Niranjan not only knows about them but has also planned to exact his revenge by plotting her murder. However, the plot, planned down to the smallest detail, unravels in the most unexpected manner.
Director: Vijay Kenkre
Cast: Priya Marathe, Pushkar Shrotri, Aniket Vishwasrao, Satish Rajwade, Subodh Pande
When: Sunday, April 4 to Sunday, Arpil 11 at 12.30pm and 4pm.
Where: Mahakavi Kalidas Natyamandir, Mulund (West); Dinanath Mangeshkar Natyagruha, Parle (East); Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Pune.
For more Marathi plays, go here.