A Day in the Life of Ponga Pandit

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English (subtitled), 27 min, 2003, India

During August-September 2003, India's pre-eminent theatre director, Habib Tanvir, and his troupe of rural actors, Naya Theatre, faced the wrath of stormtroopers of the Hindu Right for performing a traditional Nacha play, 'Ponga Pandit'. In town after town, wherever the actors went, they were greeted by slogan-shouting strongmen. Habib Tanvir and the actors of Naya Theatre, however, refused to stop.
Vidisha, 21 September 2003. This film chronicles what happened in that city on that day.

Sudhanva Deshpande
Creative Crew
Sanjay Maharishi
Sanjay Maharishi
Manoj Jain
Awards and Screenings:

Widely screened in the cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Bikaner, Udaipur and at the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai.