‘Hum Kya Chahte?’ is a play written and performed by Neeraj Pratap Sangani. This is the story of Kashmir. By the people who have a stake in Kashmir. The battle for Kashmir has been on since 1947. It was a war for land but over the years it has taken the form of an ideological war.
The play has three points of view - The Kashmiri Pandit’s, The Kashmiri Muslim’s and The Soldiers. All three lives are interconnected to the issue of Kashmir with no solution in sight! “Hum kya Chahte?’ is their refrain through the play because each of the stakeholders has lost something and each of them wants their own version of Kashmir.
The theatre culture is very vibrant in Mumbai but it is only now that new writers are exploring contemporary themes and subjects. Neeraj an - ad man, writer, director, actor, has been part of the advertising industry for a long time. He writes untold stories that need to be told. He is passionate about the nuances of the written and spoken word. He is concerned about the current state of affairs and the nonchalance and disdain with which people form opinions and pass judgements on matters of great importance that affect the evolution of the entire country. “Hum Kya Chahte?” is the first step in this direction.
The play has already been performed at The Jeff Goldberg Studio, The CLAP Center and The Hive. The next show will be on December 3 (5.30 pm)@ P.L. Deshpande Auditorium, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi, Mumbai.