Kaifi aur main

Saga of a Poet
(Duration: 2 hrs with interval)
Writer: Javed Akhtar
Music: Kuldip Singh
Director: Ramesh Talwar

Designed by: 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 voice’.
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 Singh.
Kaifi Aur Main is a tribute to Kaifi Azmi, his poetry, work, life and most of all his unending courage.
Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar
Kaifi Azmi's Poetry & Lyrics Sung by Jaswinder Singh
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

'...intensely moving...' Shyam Benegal
'...I was overwhelmed...' Pt. Satyadev Dubey
'So inspiring. Passion without noise' Mahesh Dattani
'Cathartic, enriching and moving' Indian Express
'Unique' The Hindu
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