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Marathi सैराट
Directed by Nagraj Manjule
Produced by Nittin Keni,
Nikhil Sane
Story by Nagraj Papatrao Manjule
Starring Rinku Rajguru
Akash Thosar
Music by Ajay−Atul
Cinematography Sudhakar Reddy Yakkanti
Edited by Kutub Inamdar
Release date
  • 29 April 2016 (2016-04-29)
Running time
174 minutes
Country india
Language Marathi
Budget 4 crore[1]
Box office est. 110crore [2][3][4][5][6]

Sairat (English: Wild, Unrestrained) is a 2016 Indian Marathi-language musical romantic drama directed by Nagraj Manjule and produced by Manjule and Zee Studios. Starring Rinku Rajguru and Akash Thosar in their debut performances, Sairat tells the story of two young college students, belonging to different castes, who fall in love, sparking conflict among their families.

Sairat premiered at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and was released on 29 April 2016 in Maharastra and several other areas in India.[7] The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics; Rajguru's performance in particular received critical acclaim. Upon release, the film broke several records, including the biggest opening for a Marathi film and the first Marathi film to cross the 500 million mark. Ultimately, it grossed over 1.10 billion at the box office, becoming the first Marathi film to cross the billion mark. Sairat is the highest-grossing Marathi film of all time. The film's success made the two leads an overnight sensation in Maharastra.

Rajguru went on to win the National Film Award – Special Mention at the 63rd National Film Awards. The film won a leading eleven awards at the 2017 Filmfare Marathi Awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Manjule, Best Actress for Rajguru and Best Music Album. Rajguru and Thosar also won in the Best Debut Male and Female categories at the same ceremony. Due to its success and popularity, Sairat was remade in several languages.

It has been remade in Kannada, Odia, Punjabi & Bengali. It will be remade in Telugu, Hindi, and Tamil.[8][9]


The film follows the story of Prashant Kale, aka Parshya, a low-caste young boy, and Archana Patil, aka Archi, daughter of a rich upper-caste landlord. Parshya, although poor, has a good academic record and is the captain of the local cricket team. Archi is a headstrong girl, also academically proficient, and enjoys ‘masculine’ tasks like driving a tractor or riding a Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle. As they both study in college together, they start falling in love and find ways to spend time with each other.

At a celebration of Archi’s younger brother, Prince’s birthday, they are discovered by Archi’s family. Archi’s father, being politically-connected, proceeds to thrash Parshya and his friends. Eventually realizing that there is no way out, Archi and Parshya make an attempt to elope. However, they are discovered by police and taken into custody. There, Archi’s father forces the police to register a false complaint alleging that Archi was gang raped by Parshya and his friends. Archi intervenes and destroys the complaint, insisting Parshya and his friends be released. Soon after however, Archi’s father’s goons begin to thrash Parshya and his friends. Archi seizes a pistol from the goons, threatening to fire unless they are released. The couple catch a running train and escape the confines of their small town to Hyderabad.

In the city, Archi and Parshya are broke and desperate. Surviving off what little they have, they try for accommodation in a lodge but are refused. In frustration, they sleep at the railway station, contemplating their next move. One night, a few men come and awaken them, insisting that they come to the police station. On the way, they begin to beat Parshya while another attempts to rape Archi. A lady from the nearby slum, Suman Akka, bravely intervenes, saving the duo from certain tragedy. Akka stays with her young son, Sanket.

Akka offers Parshya and Archi a spare shanty to live in, and helps Archi find employment in a bottling factory, while Parshya starts working as a cook at Akka's Dosa stall. Archi gradually picks up Telugu with the help of her colleague Pooja. She starts to miss her home as she does not feel comfortable living in the slums. Archi and Parshya start to make a meager living, trying to make the most of the situation with mutual love. However, differences crop up in their relationship and they begin to fight a lot. After a heated argument, Archi decides to go back home, leaving Parshya, but changes her mind and returns to him. In due course, the two get married at the registrar's office. Subsequently, Archi is shown pregnant and the story moves forward by a few years.

Parshya and Archi are now living in a better location and are more well-off. Archi phones her mother and hands the phone to her young son Aakash. After the phone call, Archi's brother Prince and his relatives arrive, carrying gifts from her mother, hinting at reconciliation. Aakash goes to visit a neighbour while Archi and Parshya invite Prince and the other visitors into the flat and serve them tea.

The toddler Aakash returns with the neighbour and is left at their doorstep. He sees his parents lying on the floor, bloody and brutally hacked to death.


  • Rinku Rajguru as Archana Patil (Archie)
  • Akash Thosar as Prashant Kale (Parshya)
  • Tanaji Galgunde as Pradeep Bansode (Langdya/Balya)
  • Arbaz Shaikh as Salim Shaikh (Salya)
  • Suresh Vishwakarma as Archi's father (Tatya)
  • Geeta Chavan as Archi's mother
  • Jyoti Subhash as Saguna Aatya (in a special appearance)
  • Chhaya Kadam as Suman Akka
  • Anuja Mule as Annie
  • Rubina Inamdar as Sapna
  • Dhananjay Nanavare as Mangesh (Mangya)
  • Suraj Pawar as Prince, Archi's younger brother
  • Sambhaji Tangde as Parshya's father
  • Vaibhavi Pardeshi as Parshya's mother
  • Nagraj Manjule as a cricket commentator
  • Bhushan Manjule as Shahid


Nagraj Manjule wrote Sairat as a "classic love story" and aimed for it to be more commercial than his previous films. It was based on his own experiences and so he chose his own village Jeur in Karmala Taluka of Solapur district as the setting. Filming commenced in February 2014 and concluded in May 2015.[10]


The film was released with English subtitles in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Kolkata, Bhilai, Raipur, Bhiwadi, Karnataka, and Telangana.[11] The film screened at more than 450 theatres.[12] Due to the film's popularity, additional shows at midnight and at 3 a.m. were introduced at a theatre in Rahimatpur in Satara district.[13] The film was released in about 200 screens in other parts of India with English subtitles.[14][15] It was the first Marathi film to get a cinematic release in the United Arab Emirates[16] and South Korea.[17]


In April 2016, Manjule filed a case with the Mumbai Police after the film was leaked online two days ahead of its release. The copy had a watermark indicating that it was a "censor copy", a copy intended for censor board officials to review prior to the release.[18][19][20] In May 2016, a mobile shop owner in Pune was arrested for allegedly indulging in piracy.[21] The cyber crime police arrested a Byculla (Mumbai) based cable operator for broadcasting the pirated version of Sairat on his network.[22]

Critical reception[edit]

In addition to challenging the caste system in India, Sairat casts Archi (the main female character) in a leading role in the action scenes.[23] In an article for DNA, Pratik Ghosh stated: "Manjule (movie director) has gone in for a role-reversal to challenge gender stereotypes and yet imbued the character with vulnerabilities to keep it real." [24] Ganesh Matkari of Pune Mirror rated the film with four star saying, "The word I will use to describe Sairat is 'significant'."[25] Lalitha Suhasini, in an article for Indian Express stated the score of the movie is as audacious as its plot.[26] In 4.0 star review for Times of India, Mihir Bhanage stated, "Sairat is not just a beautifully woven film; it also has elements of a mass entertainer".[27]

Box office[edit]

Sairat collected 3.60 crore (US$540,000) on its opening day, 3.95 crore (US$590,000) on its second day and 4.55 crore (US$680,000) on its third day, with a total of 12.10 crore (US$1.8 million) on its opening weekend and 25.50 crore (US$3.8 million) in first week.[28] The film emerged as Blockbuster as it collected 12.57 crore (US$1.9 million) in its second weekend.It collected 38.07 crore (US$5.7 million) in 10 days and 52 crore (US$7.7 million) in 14 days. It has collected more than 65 crore (US$9.7 million) in 3 weeks and entered 4th week at more than 525 screens,[29] making it the best performing Marathi film of all time and the first to pass 50 crore (US$7.5 million) and 100 crore (US$15 million).The film received overwhelming response at overseas box office, and collected $22,000 at the US box office.[30][31][32]

Character Map Remake[edit]

Sairat (2016)


Channa Mereya (2017)


Manasu Malligey (2017)


Dhadak (2018)


Rinku Rajguru Ninja

Payal Rajput

Rinku Rajguru Janhvi Kapoor
Akash Thosar Amrit Mann

Jograj singh Karmajit Anmol

Nishanth Ishaan Khattar


The film was selected for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival under its Generation 14 Plus section.[33][34] Rinku Rajguru was awarded a National Film Award – Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film) at the 63rd National Film Awards in 2015 "for her effective portrayal of a lively girl who defies societal norms but ultimately has to face the wrath of her family".[35][36]


Soundtrack album by Ajay-Atul
Released 5 April 2016 (2016-04-05)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 20:55
Language Marathi
Label Zee Music Company
Ajay-Atul chronology
Nilkanth Master
(2015)Nilkanth Master2015
Jaundya Na Balasaheb
(2016)Jaundya Na Balasaheb2016

The songs and background score for the film are composed by composer duo Ajay−Atul, who had earlier worked with director Nagraj Manjule on his debut film Fandry (2013).[37] The soundtrack includes western classical pieces recorded at Sony Scoring Stage in Hollywood, California, a first for an Indian film.[38] The orchestra of 66 musicians – including a 45-piece string section, 6-piece woodwind section, 13-piece brass section, 6-piece horn section, and 1 harp – was conducted by Mark Graham.[7] The music score has played an important role in the massive success of the movie. Song titled 'Zingaat' became extremely popular across all regions in India and the subcontinent

1."Yad Lagla"Ajay−AtulAjay Gogavale05:14
2."Aatach Baya Ka Baavarla"Ajay−AtulShreya Ghoshal05:34
3."Sairat Zaala Ji"Ajay−Atul, Nagraj ManjuleChinmayi Sripada, Ajay Gogavale06:09
Total length:20:43


Punjabi version titled Channa Mereya was directed by Pankaj Batra.[39] The remake rights for the four southern languages are acquired by Rockline Venkatesh; the Kannada version, titled Manasu Mallige (2017), had Rinku Rajguru reprising her role.[40][41][42] The Odia version, titled Laila O Laila starred Swaraj and Sunmeera and was directed by Sushant Mani and produced by Sitaram Agarwal (Sarthak Entertainment) . The film was remade in Bengali (India — Bangladesh joint production) as Noor Jahaan in 2018 by Abhimanyu Mukherjee, with Adrit Roy and Puja Cherry portraying the lead roles. The remake rights for a Hindi version, entitled Dhadak, directed by Shashank Khaitan are acquired by Karan Johar.[43]

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