This was one of the movie that was recommended to me even before it got released by one of the friend.
The movie is based on legendary play by the same name by the Marathi playwright Kusumagraj.
Its the story of a veteran theatre actor Ganpat Belwalkar and his life post retiring from the stage, his first home.
He ends up giving his wealth among his children with complete trust that they will take care of him and his wife.
However it was not meant to be as he found out that environment of his home changes with him getting questioned for his behaviour which was not the case earlier.
He ends up leaving his own home and later on his daughter's home as he and his wife gets accused of stealing. Such becomes a situation that he ends up living in the streets and losing his wife to it.
His family does come looking for him but by then its too late as he plays out his final act and leaves abode.
I think words would fall short to describe the acting skills of Nana Patekar. He keeps you completely immersed to the screen every scene that he is in.
Apart from him, Vikram Gokhale too enthral the screen with his acting skills even though a short one. Medha Manjrekar also shines out as a supporting wife to her husband. The rest of the cast too played it all well.
A good story needs proper execution and Mahesh Manjrekar has ensured that in his direction.
The movie does ends up asking a lot of questions like
- Did Ganpat missed his stage life that he forgot the difference between the reality and the stage?
- Does a man is considered to be useless if they exhaust their utility?
- Does the relation between the children and parents undergo change when parents are the ones to be taken care of?
The movie keeps you engrossed throughout and there is not a moment where you could not help but feel the pain that Ganpat and his wife are going through.
This is by far one of the best movies that I come across in the Marathi films and it certainly would make a lot of heads turn during awards function especially the national awards and who know the Oscars too...
This is a must watch movie and hope one can keep their emotions under control.