Natsamrat is about a theatre actor by the name Ganpatrao Belvalkar who has finally called it a day on his long and illustrious career. With the aim of living a peaceful retired life devoid of any financial responsibility, he also gives away all his possessions to his children. He trusts his children to take care of him and his wife, whom he fondly calls Sarkar. However, his children do not live up to his trust.
Natsamrat is a very old-fashioned melodramatic tale that stays realistic to the core, and that’s the highest compliment I can pay to this extraordinarily rich emotional drama. In this era of high budget films with senseless plots which invest more on promotions and the actual making is sidelined, this movie proves to be a great relief.
At times the pounding truth of Patekar’s words hits us where it hurts the most. After being betrayed and humiliated by his favourite child when she comes to ask for his forgiveness, Nana realistically portrays how helpless parents become when they are dependent on their children. This movie serves as an eye opener and you are sure to hear sobs throughout.
This is the first Marathi movie that I’ve watched and it surely left me speechless. I’d really like to see Bollywood better the emotional content of this film.
By Prerna Daga