When it comes to versatile performances in Marathi cinema, one name always comes to my name – Subodh Bhave. More than a fan, I am an admirer of the craft in acting he brings on screen. What I particularly like about him is that he always tries to pick roles that are unique and fresh. While his entire filmography, both on films and TV, feature a bunch of eye-catching roles that I love to revisit time and again. After having recently watched Subodh Bhave’s Pushpak Vimaan movie, I felt that I should revisit some of his best movies that should be on every film lover’s watch list.
Ani Dr Kashinath Ghanekar
Essaying the role of the first superstar of Marathi theatre, Dr Kashinath Ghanekar, Subodh knocks it out of the park in this movie. Through the real Dr Ghanekar and Subodh do not seem to share a physical resemblance, once you see Subodh turn into the character on-screen, you will still be left in awe of Subodh’s hold on the character.
Watching Mohan Joshi and Subodh Bhave together in Pushpak Vimaan about faith and dreams was a heartfelt experience. Talking about Subodh in particular, his character possesses the right amount of complexity to become an engaging character to watch. His character Vilas’s arguments with Mohan Joshi’s Tatya are a treat to watch on screen.
Katyar Kaljat Ghusali
Donning multiple hats of writer, director and actor, Subodh Bhave still manages to give a beautiful performance as the singer Sadashiv. With few sequences of the movie featuring around singing, he looks like a complete natural when it comes to those sequences too. This movie is a testament to his multi-talented personality.
Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush
Taking on the role of legendary freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak would have brought in shivers to anyone. However, it is this very role that Sudodh aced it. His powerful on-screen presence proved to be just as magnetic as the life of the legendary man the movie covered.
Often seen as his breakout performance, Subodh Bhave’s transition into the character felt incredibly natural. The way he essayed Balgandharva’s on-stage female characters to play the man himself at various stages of his life, Subodh show incredible range in terms of his performance. At no point in the movie did his character lose the high levels of engagement it established with its audience.
These movies are just a small glimpse into his fantastic career spanning over films, television, and theatre. His work in television and theatre deserve an article on their own. So tell me, what were your favorite movies starring this incredible actor? Let me know your list of movies in the comments.