Marathi audience has loved theatre for decades now. Due to brilliant writers like Tendulkar, PuLa, Jayawant Dalvi, Ratnakar Matkari, Kusumagraj etc, Marathi stage has seen glorious nataks that have run over decades for numerous runs. We miss watching plays in our favorite natyagruhas but we may have a solution. Here are six terrific Marathi films that were adapted from the stage to the big screen. Stream them now.

Natsamrat

One of the longest-running plays, Natsamrat started with the late Dr. Shriram Lagoo playing the protagonist. The movie stars Nana Patekar and he adapts for the big screen like the star that he is. The famous monologue koni ghar deta ka ghar is riveting, to say the least.

Streaming on Netflix

Katyar Kaljat Ghusali

This ultra-successful and popular musical play was adapted into a super successful movie, complete with the melodies. The film’s star cast is enviable and it is gorgeous to look at. The film has a glorious star cast including but not limited to Subodh Bhave, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Amruta Khanvilkar, with a special appearance by Shankar Mahadevan.

Streaming on Zee5

Aapla Manus

Based on a fantastic play Katkon Trikon starring the amazing Dr. Mohan Agashe. The film is about a couple who live with the husband’s father. Cops get involved when the old man passes away. The film stars Nana Patekar and boy is he impressive.

Streaming on YouTube

Dhyanimani

This play is an excellent psychological thriller about a couple and their child. The initial runs of the play starred Neena Kulkarni and Shivaji Satam. The film stars Ashwini Bhave and Mahesh Manjrekar and makes for an excellent thriller.

Streaming on YouTube

Shrimant Damodar Pant

Starring Bharat Jadhav in the titular role, this is easily one of the funniest nataks to hit the stage in recent times. Bharat Jadhav’s goad gojiri laaz lajiri dance is insanely hilarious and famous. Make snacks and stream this immediately.

Streaming on YouTube