Dadasaheb Phalke created India’s first ever full-length (3,700 feet) feature film with an all-Marathi crew, thus making way for Indian Cinema. Marathi cinema is one of the most evolved regional cinemas and yet fails to get acclaimed. Here is our list of 10 best Marathi movies of all time.
Beyond Netflix: 10 Marathi Movies You Need To Watch
Ten Second Takeaway
Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)
If you have never watched a Marathi film before, let this movie be your first one. It depicts the struggles faced by Dadasaheb Phalke in making Raja Harishchandra in 1913 - India's first feature film. Along with the difficulties faced while making the first film, this movie also adds a pinch of humour by showing how Dadasaheb Phalke had to dress men as women or how he had to explain to the common people what a ‘film’ was.
Katyar Kaljat Ghuslai (2015)
Roughly translating to “A dagger through the heart”, Katyar Kaljat Ghuslai is a musical extravaganza. A prestigious dagger (which symbolizes fame) brings a feud between two musical families. Driven by the lust for the dagger, greed for fame, power and human imperfections, this movie is a must watch. With its content, grandiose sets, star-studded cast and amazing soundtracks, the movie will leave you awestruck.
The recipient of 5 National Awards, “Jogwa – The Awakening” dives into the inner core of India and throws light on the tradition of “Devdasis”- a system wherein people have to sacrifice their lives, dreams and desires in service and devotion of God. Jogwa, a heart-wrenching tale of a forbidden love story between a female devotee and male devotee, exposes the archaic traditions prevailing in the society.
Balak Palak (2012)
A society in which even saying the word ‘sex’ out loud in public is a taboo, Ravi Jadhav, the director has created a one-of-its-kind movie. Comically showcased, a group of teenagers set out to learn more about sex. The movie highlights the importance of sex education.
‘The King of Theatre’ as the title roughly translates into, Natsamrat is a classic movie with Nana Patekar playing the protagonist. Revolving around the life of a renowned Shakespearean actor, Ganpat, a theatre artist, who, after retiring from the stage does not deal with his retirement gracefully and is also deserted by his children. Ganpat thus sets out on a journey of self-discovery.
Being awarded the National Film Award for Best Feature Film of 2014, Court is more than a normal court-room drama. As the movie unravels, the lives of all the people involved in a case – the judge, public prosecutor, the defendant and the lawyer are portrayed and how their personal issues affect the trial. The movie is a realistic ride within the justice system of India.
Killa – a National Award winning film revolves around the life of an eleven-year-old boy struggling to cope up with the death of his father. It also describes the journey of the adjustments he has to make in a new school in a small village, after relocating. It is a heart-warming story about how he adapts to the situations and surroundings on a day-by-day basis. It also reflects the pressures and the difficulties his mother faces being a single mother in a male-centric society.
Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy (2009)
A product of pure cinematic magic, Me Shivajiraje Bhosale Boltoy is a must watch. Dinkar Maruti Bhosale, a citizen of Mumbai feels that thousands of “Marathis” face an identity crisis in the cosmopolitan city, Mumbai. Frustrated from being disrespected by many people, he ends up cursing himself for being born a Marathi. His outburst results in arousing the spirits of Shivaji Maharaj. What follows is sheer cinematic beauty, power-packed performances and a lightning importance of “Marathi Manus” (Marathi man).
An absolute favourite among audiences, this movie won 11 awards at the 2017 Filmfare Marathi Awards and went on to become the highest-grossing Marathi film of all time. Determined to always be together, a lower-caste boy and an upper-class girl fight against all odds. But in the end, they are hacked to death by their own family.
The obstacles male-dancers face in our society are heart-wrenching. Based on a similar subject, "Nataranga" tugs at your heartstrings and portrays the dark side of an artist's fame. Through sheer determination and passion for dance, a Nachya ( an effeminate dancer in a tamasha) succeeds in continuing what he adores by disarming the repulsive notions of the society. With amazing performances and career-making music by the well-known Ajay-Atul, this one's an absolute stunner.