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But how the does the audience perceive these adaptions? While a regular movie has the advantage of suspense and new plot, these movies are all adaptions of hit plays and their storylines are well known. "The essence is the same; it is a bit like making a remake of a film. That is why people who liked the play will watch the movie also. But, the film is quite different from the play at the same time. New characters have been added to introduce humour and there are new aspects and twists to the plot as well," says Kamat of Nava Gadi Nava Rajya, which is expected to realease early next year.

These film adaptions often use some of the cast that the original plays used. In Badam Rani Ghulam Chor for instance, only one from the original cast has been retained Anand Ingle, who plays the role of the makad or the friend from the media, in the story. "We decided to bring him in the movie as well because nobody else could have done the role more justice," says director Rajwade. In Nava Gadi Nava Rajya, actors Umesh Kamat and Priya Bapat reprise their roles in the film, while the rest of the cast has been changed.

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