Blackbird

Director: Himanshu Kohli & Prashant Kumar | Hindi / Drama / 90 mins


Uma (27) and Rajesh (52), the principal characters in this unremittingly intense 80 minute one act by Scottish playwright David Harrower, are birds with broken wings, psychologically crippled by an episode that occurred 15 years earlier which left both their lives in tatters. They haven’t seen each other since. “Blackbird” is a British slang for “Jailbird”. Uma has endured a lifetime of being “talked about, pointed at, stared at,” while Rajesh has done his time and rebuilt his life. Uma has found him   has him cornered in the littered lunchroom of his workplace. This confrontation rockets back and forth between anger, curiosity, confusion, and even a persistent attachment to Rajesh, whom Uma loved and believed, he loved her. The fearful Rajesh, now with a changed name Pawan, parries her demanding questions and descriptions of her feelings and experiences, all the while uncertain of her intentions.


Cast: Swanand Kirkire, Salony Luthra Playwright: David Harrower Producer: Mukesh Chhabra Hindi Translation: Prashant Kumar, Prateek Srivastava, Himanshu Kohli Production Management: Prateek Srivastava Poster design: Rukssana Tabassum


Himanshu Kohli & Prashant Kumar
Both started their theatre journey from Delhi University collegiate circuit, being active members of Kirori Mal College’s drama society “The Players”; post which they joined National School of Drama (New Delhi) to explore theatre where they developed a deeper understanding of the craft, with specialization in Acting. Now they are settled in Mumbai and working as freelance actor, director and writer in Cinema as well as Theatre.