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The Play Goes On

Still courtesy: Jana Natya Manch

The Play Goes On (Natak Jari Hai)

(2005; Color; Video; 83 min.)

A documentary about a socialist street theatre group in Delhi, India.

SYNOPSIS

What does it mean to perform socialist ‘agit-prop’ theatre in India in a globalized era of increasing intolerance and inequality?
Natak Jari Hai is a documentary about JANAM (The People’s Theatre Front), the little theatre group that never stopped performing in the face of dramatic political transformation and personal tragedy. The film explores the motivations and ideals of the JANAM actors and their vision of resistance and change as they perform their ‘People’s Theatre’ in diverse parts of India. It brings to life the world of socialist theatre through the words of JANAM’s members, and through a reflective portrayal of the group’s greatest tragedy - the assassination of its convenor Safdar Hashmi in 1989.

CREDITS

Camera: Mrinal Desai
Sound: Asheesh Pandya
Editing, additional camera, production and direction: Lalit Vachani
Additional editing: Sameera Jain

For more information on JANAM, see www.jananatyamanch.org

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