A boy picks up a football. A doctor picks up a toy. A girl picks up a story. A boy picks up a shoe. A soldier picks up his gun. A boy picks up a stone. A vulture picks up a bone. A Djinn picks up from where he left off… Djinns of Eidgah is the story of Ashrafi and Bilal, two children stranded in the tragic impasse of Kashmir.
The play opened at the 3rd edition of the Writers’ Bloc festival in 2011. It was directed by Olivier award winning director Richard Twyman. The play subsequently received a staged reading as part of the India Week at the Court and then a full production with a UK cast at the Theatre Upstairs.
“For its beauty, for its overarching melancholia, for the astuteness of its rhetoric, this production is one of the best plays of recent times.” – Mumbai Theatre Guide
“This was a play where silence spoke volumes; so much that I found myself jumping in my seat when the occasional bullets were fired!” – Citizen Review, The Hindu Festival
“Serious and gripping, but in the end heartbreakingly poignant, watch this one for the people of Kashmir.” – Times Of India, Mumbai
“With an intense, powerful script performed to perfection by a seasoned cast, the play shook me out of my blasé attitude. Above all, the play paints a heart-rending picture of a land of broken people and their shattered dreams. This definitely has to be one of the finest Indian plays in recent years.” – Citizen Review, The Hindu Festival
“Djinns of Eidgah stood out for its political and personal layers, for that rare quality that differentiates good plays from great.” – Citizen Review, The Hindu Festival