Director: Sanjay Maharishi and Sudhanva Deshpande
Duration: 01:12:49; Aspect Ratio: 1.335:1; Hue: 16.106; Saturation: 0.113; Lightness: 0.337; Volume: 0.254; Cuts per Minute: 4.710
Summary: They criss-cross the country by road and by rail, living out of suitcases and trunks, singing, dancing, performing. Naya Theatre (New Theatre) is a professional theatre company founded in 1959, composed of rural actors from Chattisgarh. The company is led by Habib Tanvir -- actor, writer, director, singer, poet, designer, teacher.
Shot over two years, the film looks at life in Naya Theatre, as the actors tour one city after another, performing continuously. It takes the viewer to the villages the actors come from in Chattisgarh. The film documents what happened when Habib Tanvir and the actors of Naya Theatre came under attack from the Hindu Right in August- September 2003 for performing the play anti-untouchability farce 'Ponga Pandit'. The film records the making of the play 'Zahareeli Hawa' (Poisoned Air), Tanvir's translation of Rahul Varma's English play 'Bhopal' on the Union Carbide gas tragedy of 1984.
The film has been shot in thirteen towns and villages across four states in India: Kota, Jaipur, Lakshmangarh, Pilani, Ajmer, Bhopal, Vidisha, Rajnandgaon, Mohara, Baronda, Beltikri, Ringni, and Delhi.