As appeared on Cine Eye
The world’s leading pirate site YIFY aka YTS normally only uploads Hollywood movie torrents. But seemingly because of all the uproar caused by motor-mouth Tanushree Dutta’s spin on Nana Patekar, the latter’s epic Marathi-language film Natsamrat seems to have found a coveted place on the international YIFY Hollywood-centric website this week.
“When Hollywood looks at the Indian film industry, it only pays attention to Bollywood’s Hindi films. It almost ignores regional cinema and the huge and tech-savvy South film industry too,” points out Bollywood’s only PR guru Dale Bhagwagar. “So inspite of this being a matter involving piracy, it’s interesting that a Marathi film has been put along with Hollywood films,” he remarks.
For the record, Femina Miss India and actress Tanushree Dutta who had fallen into near obscurity, returned to India from the United States of America last month, and dragged acclaimed actor Nana Patekar in almost a decade-old matter; alleging that he had looked at her with bad intentions, and wanted to touch and feel her on the sets of a film she was to perform an item number in.
The controversy-hungry media promptly fell for Tanushree’s words and labelled it a #MeToo episode, crediting her as the spearleader of the international #MeToo movement in India’s Bollywood, which earlier began in Hollywood with dozens of women accusing American film producer Harvey Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse over a period of at least 30 years.
The Nana Patekar starrer Natsamrat (roughly translated as king of the theater) was directed by Mahesh Manjrekar and officially released in India in 2016, receiving tremendous word-of-mouth publicity. It portrayed the tragic life of a stage actor, who retires from acting, but is unable to forget his fond memories of theatre, drama and stage. Considered a classic, it emerged as the highest-grossing Marathi film of all time, until Sairat occupied that place later the same year.
YIFY has uploaded the film in 720p and 1080p resolutions. It is also worth mentioning that Natsamrat has garnered a spectacularly high 9.2 star out of 10 star rating on IMDB (Internet Movie Database).