INDIAN PEOPLE'S THEATRE ASSOCIATION
Kaifi aur main
KAIFI AUR MAIN
Saga of a Poet
(Duration: 2 hrs with interval)
M S Sathyu
Kaifi Aur Main
is a celebration of renowned Urdu poet and film lyricist Kaifi Azmi's life and works seen
through the eyes of his wife, noted theatre and film actress, Shaukat Kaifi, brought to life by his
daughter Shabana Azmi and son-in- law Javed Akhtar.
Kaifi Aur Main
is a theatrical collage based on the reminiscences of Kaifi and Shaukat. Scripted by
Javed Akhtar, the narrative traces Kaifi and Shaukat’s journey of life from his childhood in
Mijwan…their unusual romance culminating in a marriage that lasted 55 years… the Progressive
Writer’s Movement… Kaifi’s social and cultural activism...his path-breaking work as a lyricist in Hindi
cinema... his fight against life-threatening illness...and their relentless fight to make Mijwan a place of
progress... Kaifi Aur Main is also a celebration of Kaifi Azmi’s poetry and his unparalleled contribution
to Indian Cinema.
Kaifi Azmi’s recollections are brought to life by Javed Akhtar and are interwoven by Shabana Azmi
with the memories of her mother Shaukat Kaifi, whose impressions make the narrative ‘a heart-
warming account that rises above the personal to document the politics of an era in a distinctly female
In their inimitable style, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar take us through a very personal journey and
share moments that will be cherished for many a lifetime.
The sensitive and touching narrative written by Javed Akhtar is based on Shaukat Kaifi's book of
memoirs Yaad Ki Rehguzar as well as on Kaifi Azmi's interviews and writings.
The narrative is interspersed with renditions of Kaifi's poems and songs by the young singer Jaswinder
Kaifi Aur Main
is a tribute to Kaifi Azmi, his poetry, work, life and most of all his unending courage.
Kaifi Azmi's Poetry & Lyrics Sung by
Supported by a live orchestra
The journey so far….
Kaifi Aur Main premiered in Mumbai in 2006 on the 4 th death anniversary of Kaifi Azmi. This theatrical
collage has received standing ovations and rave reviews in India and across the world. In Nov-Dec
2006, 14 shows of this production were staged in USA-Canada- UK in cities like New York, San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and others. It has also been staged in Mumbai, Ludhiana,
Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Dubai.
After an overwhelming response in 2006 across the world, in 2007 Kaifi Aur Main is scheduled for
shows in Lucknow, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Muscat, Chandigarh and other cities.
The unique form of this production has won over audiences not just across borders but also across
different classes and age-groups. At one level it is a heart-warming love story between two individuals
from very different backgrounds. On the other hand it is the journey of a poet whose work has inspired
generations of Indians. Music, poetry, drama, romance, humour, pathos and triumph of the human
spirit make it universally appealing to the music connoisseur as well as the theatre enthusiast.
Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, seen together for the first time on stage in this show, have
charmed audiences and left them craving for more. Critical acclaim and appreciation has come from
artists, writers, directors, connoisseurs, journalists and the audience at large.
A unique experience
...' Yash Chopra
'...I was overwhelmed...'
Pt. Satyadev Dubey
'So inspiring. Passion without noise'
'Cathartic, enriching and moving'
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