Marathi Chitrapat (मराठी चित्रपट) Industry has undoubtedly made a significant impact on the Indian cinema, with one after another latest Marathi movies such as ‘Sairat, Fandry, and Katyar Kaljat Ghusli,’ they plainly have shown why Marathi Chitrapat Industry is one of the best in the country.
Many film critics and experts have felt the significance of the Marathi Natak and Chitrapat.
Latest Marathi Films have gained many fans, and its credit goes to their media partners such as Zee Marathi and the super hit comedy show like Chala Hawa Yeu Dya, which has influenced people from various parts of the country to follow and watch these movies.
But, sadly Marathi movies don’t get that much of screening around the country which limits their reach only to the Maharashtrian audience.
And believe us, regardless of your state or which language you speak, their storyline and presentation by the brilliant actors and directors will daze you.
So, here are the “20 Most astonishing Marathi Chitrapat of all time.”
From Latest Marathi movies of 2018 to the old Marathi film.
It seems that wherever the name Nagraj Manjule equates, the piece of work became art itself. Same goes for the Naal it is a beautiful piece of art, written by Nagraj Manjule.
Naal is the beautiful story of a Son and his journey to surmise. The portrayal of the kid by the brilliant actor Shrinivas Pokale can never be better; you connect with him immediately. While the performance of the Nagraj Manjule and Devika Daftardar in the roles of the kid’s parents are eminent as well, there is entirely no reason for you not to watch this beautiful piece of work.
With movies like Naal, no wonder Marathi cinema is going to be the next big thing.
Ani Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar
Ani Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar is a story of the first ever Marathi’ celebrity.
With a big star cast of Sumeet Raghavan, Sonali Kulkarni, Prasad Oak and Mohan Joshi have brought their top game while playing the role of actors Dr. Shriram Lagoo, Sulochana, Prabhakar Panshikar and Bhalji Pendharkar respectively. But a person to watch is the character of the Dr. Kashinath Ghanekar, Subodh Bhave has put everything to portray the multiple personalities of Ghanekar to the screen. It was a treat to watch this movie especially if you’re a big fan of Marathi Natya Kala (theatre).
When you say Marathi Chitrapat, Pinjra is one of the few classics that crosses your mind. A masterpiece by the master himself: V. Shantaram, Pinjra is one of his best movies. It is a story revolving around a righteous school teacher and a dancer, who eventually fall for each other. Pinjra (cage) is a metaphor for life. The two lovers tragically struggle to save each other and die, it’s like death frees them from the cage of life, after which they can finally be with each other. This 1972 Marathi movie also has some of the best songs and dance numbers that are famous among fans even today. If you want to explore the ‘Tamasha’ tradition from Maharashtra you should definitely watch this Marathi movie.
Ashi Hi Banwa Banvi 
We know you have heard of ‘Hera Pheri’ but have you seen ‘Ashi Hi Banwa Banvi’?
A comedy epic from the director Sachin Pilgaonkar.
This movie is still the teaching material for all comedians, with great comedy timing from Laxmikant Berde as Parshuram (Parshya)/Parvati (Paro) and Ashok Saraf as Dhananjay Mane this movie split your sides.
The scene where the landlord (Sudhir Joshi) gets suspicious over the number of tenants staying in-house and Laxmikant Berde’s (Parshuram) entry in the house at the same time is still the best comedy scene you will ever see in any Marathi comedy movie.
A 1989 Comedy Epic “Ashi Hi Banwa Banvi” should be in your must-watch Marathi movies list.
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Harishchandrachi Factory 
We probably won’t be discussing this topic without this story,
A Story of a man who brought cinema to this land: Dadasaheb Phalke, Father of Indian Cinema.
Harishchandrachi Factory is a glimpse of how Dadasaheb Phalke brought cinema to this country, which later on became the business of billions of dollars, ‘Bollywood.’
The Film shows you a struggle, a dedication, and Dadasaheb Phalke’s dream of becoming a film-maker, by even selling his house and getting bankrupt he achieved what we call as Indian Cinema.
Undoubtedly a benchmark movie in the Marathi Film Industry.
Shwaas is a story of a grandfather whose grandson has a rare retinal cancer, and the only way to save him is by losing his eyesight.
The struggle of a grandfather to accept the reality, and fight his agony over a desire to show his grandson everything possible before losing his eyesight.
Various film critics and audience have applauded the brilliant portrayal of Grandfather by Arun Nalawade and Parashuram Vichare (the child who has retinal cancer) by child actor Ashwin Chitale.
Shwaas was India’s official entry to the 2004 Oscars.
A Marathi movie that will take you down the memory lane of your school days and your first love. Shala, directed by Sujay Dahake is a movie about love between schoolmates, it’s a pleasant movie which brings out tender emotions and memories and nostalgia. The actors Ketaki Mategaonkar (Shirodkar) and Anshuman Joshi (Joshi) have done a beautiful job of creating that era of innocence. We bet after watching this Marathi movie you will definitely remember your first crush from back in the day.
Dombivali Fast 
If you’re a fan of a serious storyline and the movies which are meant to touch the sensitive aspects of the society; Dombivali Fast is the movie for you.
This movie describes the fight of a dignified common man named Madhav Apte against the corruption and injustice happening around him.
A stunning performance by Sandeep Kulkarni, Shilpa Tulaskar makes this movie a must watch.
You must have heard of this movie or might have watched it many times.
If you’re a fan of romantic movies that always have happy endings, then this movie is not for you.
Sairat is a movie full of emotions, romance, a bit of action and a staggering cruel ending, not made for soft-hearted at all.
Sairat has won many hearts and awards for its brilliant performance and direction.
It is said that ‘Kaasav’ meaning turtle in Marathi is the best title for this movie. This Marathi movie talks about mental illness and deals with it quite normally. Janaki who goes to a coastal village in Konkan for an Olive Ridley turtle conservation project comes across a young boy. He is shown suffering from the same things as she does i.e. depression. She deals with him in an unconventional way and helps him in dealing with his depression. This movie has a strong message that secluding yourself does not always help and sometimes you need people to help you. This award-winning Marathi movie has some amazing performances and a fantastic storyline.
India’s official Oscar Entry in 2016, the movie Court, has been a pride symbol for Indian cinema and why it shouldn’t be, it has won so many international film festival awards.
The court is a story of a social activist who uses music as a medium to spread his message and later accused of inciting the sewage worker’s suicide.
The movie scrutinizes the Lawyers’ ideologies from both sides of the aisle.
Deool is a story of a devotee of Dutta (God), who has a hallucination about Dutta in a tree.
This story revolves around the concept of Temple being a money rendering source. The star cast of Girish Kulkarni, Nana Patekar, Dilip Prabhawalkar, Sharvani Pillai, and Sonali Kulkarni make this movie a must watch.
Another epic by Nagraj Manjule, Fandry.
A love story you have never seen before Fandry is a story of a 13-year-old boy, set in a background of caste discrimination portraying the young love.
This national award-winning movie should be on your must-watch list.
A Debutant film of an astonishing director Ravi Jadhav, Natrang is a journey of a theatre artist, who is fighting against the stereotype of his own family, friends, society and finally achieving unthinkable dreams.
The amazing screenplay & music make this movie a must watch.
A story of a belief, devotion, and immense faith of Sant Tukaram over Lord Vitthal.
The movie revolves around Tukaram Ambile’s life who is a spiritual poet, whose words just give a blissful feeling to his listeners.
A great cast of Jitendra Joshi, Radhika Apte, and director Chandrakant Kulkarni make this movie a must watch.
Kaksparsh is a heartrending story of a widow named Uma who is fighting against all the odds, and a story of a brother-in-law who is confined with his brother’ vow of protecting his wife.
The star cast of Sachin Khedekar, Priya Bapat, Medha Manjrekar, Savita Malpekar and Ketaki Mategaonkar has done an outstanding job to the screenplay of Girish Joshi.
The movie directed by Mahesh Manjrekar has won many awards and also gained many critics acclaimed.
This movie has not only persuaded the power of Marathi Movies (Marathi Chitrapat) but also has shown that the cinema can be commercially good even with a serious script.
Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush
The Inspirational plot from the Director Om Raut, Lokmany: Ek Yug Purush is a biopic based on the life story of a social reformer and a freedom fighter; Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
Every dialogue of this film moves you from within, inspiring every individual to do something for their nation.
The staggering voice of Subodh Bhave is so comprehensive that it just brings Lokmanya Tilak alive on a screen.
Lokmanya is a timeless movie you can watch again and again.
Another biopic in this list is Bal Gandharva, based on the life story of a renowned singer and stage actor Narayan Shripad Rajhans (aka Balgandharva).
The film shows the struggle Balgandharva faced in his life, making his way through poverty to reach the top of the fame.
The film has also won the maximum number of awards at 59th National Film Awards in 2011.
A theatre artist is only notable till he is no the stage, after that he becomes a stranger to everyone, Natsamrat is a story of such an artist who has taken a retirement from theatre and struggling to live his retired life with facing the dishonesty of his family.
Nana Patekar has portrayed Ganpat Ramchandra Belwalkar’ personality with flawless attitude.
With amazing script and screenplay, this movie should be at the top of your must-watch Marathi movies list!
“To be or not to be that is the question!”
“Jaghava ki Marava ha ekch sawal.”
The ventilator is a story of family love and relation,
Gajanan Karmerkar the much loved and respected person of Karmerkar family is on a ventilator just three days before Ganesh Chaturthi and the whole family is in trauma for what happened.
The film revolves around the character named Prasanna Kamerkar and his love toward his father.
Lalbaug Parel: Zali Mumbai Sonyachi
Lalbaug Parel is a survival story of all mill workers who left jobless after the owner of mill decides to shut down the mill and redevelop it to the shopping mall.
This film depicts the real situations that mill workers and their family have faced, some scenes of the movie are so disturbing that it stirs you up.
Katyar Kaljat Ghusli
Inspired by 1967 premiered Marathi play ‘Katyar Kaljat Ghusli’, this movie is a musical treasure for all music lover.
Katyar Kaljat Ghusli is an all in one package for all classical fans. The story from the British era depicts the traditional Maharashtrian singing competition.
This movie is must watch for all those who love classical music.
Nude is a recently released Marathi Movie directed by Ravi Jadhav and produced by Zee Studio,
Its a story of a lady who became a nude model in an art school to earn some money for living.
This movie hasn’t gained much of an attention, but the storyline and a brilliant acting of Chhaya Kada make it must watch.
Jogwa is actually a tradition where she/he give up their living to serve the God.
Jogta(he) OR Jogtin(she) is the local terms used to describe them, and this film is about such Jogta and Jogtin.
Another social reformer movie Jogwa shows the dark side of a society, where a person forced to serve the God because of obsolete traditions and myth.
72 Miles – Ek Pravas
A Dark movie with a powerful message.
72 Miles – Ek Pravas is a story of a boy who has escaped the boarding school and on his journey towards Kolhapur.
On this journey, he meets a family of a mother and three children, this quest shows him the real sorrow of poverty.
Let us know what do you think of this list, and please comment below your favourite Marathi movies that should be in the above mentioned, we will love to add them.