Marathi theatre lovers, January brings with it some good news for you. A number of Maharashtra’s renowned actors, we’re talking Prashant Damle, Kavita Medhkar, Vandana Gupte, Pratiksha Lonkar and Umesh Kamat, will be taking to the stage. Here’s our guide to the plays you can watch on stage.
‘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: Friday, January 15 to Tuesday, January 26 at 4pm, 4.30pm and 8.30pm.
Where: Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane; Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium, Borivali; Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Navi Mumbai; Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Thane.
‘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, January 16 to Sunday, January 24 at 4pm and 7pm.
Where: Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Thane; Dinanath Mangeshkar Natya Griha Hall, Parle (East); Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium, Borivali; Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Navi Mumbai.
Ashok Saraf and Nirrmite Saawaant play Ranjan and Naina, a couple married for 28 years. Successful, stable and loving, their family of four appears perfect to an outsider. But they’re battling their own dysfunctional demons that are brought to the fore with the entry of a vacuum cleaner in their lives.
Director: Chinmay Mandlekar
Cast: Ashok Saraf, Nirrmite Saawaant, Tanvi Palav, Mausami Tondwalkar
When: Saturday, January 16 to Saturday, January 30 at 1pm, 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm and 6pm.
Where: Savitribai Phule Natyagruha, Dombivali; Damodar Hall, Parel; Vishnudas Bhave Natyagruha, Navi Mumbai, Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Pune; Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha, Pune; Mahakavi Kalidas Kala Mandir, Nashik.
‘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: Sunday, January 17 to Sunday, February 14 at 4.15pm, 4.30pm, 6pm and 9.30pm.
Where: Prabodhankar Thackeray Auditorium, Borivali; Mahakavi Kalidas Natyamandir, Mulund; Dinanath Mangeshkar Natya Griha Hall, Parle (East); Damodar Hall, Parel; Mahakavi Kalidas Kala Mandir, Nashik; Swantantra Veer Savarkar Natyagruha, Ratnagiri.
‘Dada Ek Good News Ahe’
Vineet (Umesh Kamat) is enjoying a happy, carefree life when his younger sister Namita (Hruta Durgule) turns up at his home with some life-changing news. Dada Ek Good News Ahe (pictured above) explores the bond between siblings and highlights the importance of being a pillar of support for your family, regardless of whether you agree with their actions or not.
Director: Advait Dadarkar
Cast: Umesh Kamat, Hruta Durgule, Rishi Manohar, Arti More
When: Sunday, January 17 to Tuesday, January 26 at 4.15pm and 4.30pm.
Where: Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane; Dinanath Mangeshkar Natya Griha Hall, Parle (East); Savitribai Phule Natyagruha, Dombivali.
For more Marathi plays, go here.