The Play Goes On (Natak Jari
(2005; Color; Video; 83 min.)
A documentary about a socialist street
theatre group in Delhi, India.
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 Peoples
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 Peoples Theatre
in diverse parts of India. It brings to life the world of socialist
theatre through the words of JANAMs members, and through
a reflective portrayal of the groups greatest tragedy
- the assassination of its convenor Safdar Hashmi in 1989.
Camera: Mrinal Desai
Sound: Asheesh Pandya
Editing, additional camera, production and direction: Lalit
Additional editing: Sameera Jain
For more information on JANAM, see