Director : Akarsh Khurana
Writer : Adhir Bhat
Theatre Group : D for Drama
Cast: Kumud Mishra, Shubhrajyoti Barat, Siddharth Kumar, Ghanshyam Lalsa, Saurabh Nayyar, Taaruk Raina, Priyanka Verma
Set in the smoking area of a corporate building over the period of a week, a bunch of office employees discuss appraisals, politics, and relationships, all the while dealing with their stress, fears, and insecurities. The play is a comedy about the rat race, how we cope with it, and what we put our throat and lungs through in the process.
The seed of the idea of Dhumrapaancame to me in Delhi, at the airport. While I waited for a flight, I observed the smoking room closely. The body language of the smokers, the unspoken camaraderie, the personalities of different kinds of smokers, some alone and some in small groups, and the drastic change in the environment when a lady entered and lit up, I was amused and intrigued and immediately knew where I wanted the play set.
I spoke to Adhir Bhat about the idea I had, we discussed the need for more contemporary Hindi theatre and our common love for the work of David Mamet, and this play was born.