V. V. Shirwadkar’s Natasamrat is a staging of the shades of a transitional world, as seen through the fading vision of a great actor.
The play, originally written in 1962, has long been hailed as one of the classics of modern Marathi drama. It has been translated into Hindi by R.S Kelkar. Samraat Singh Rathore is Natasamrat, a king amongst actors. Long after his swan song and blinded with love for his children, Nalini and Siddharth, he decides to bequeath his property between them, keeping for himself the love and loyalty of his devoted wife Kaveri.
Does the love of parents always beget love in return? Where do the ‘players’ assigned to their different parts end up on the varied paths of life?