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Drama | Hindi | 10yrs + | 2hrs 15mins

It is the 1950s...

The Golden Era. A time when admiration for Bombay cinema actors was shown by lipstick stains on their cars... Villians on silver screens were pronounced evil for life... A time when the 'death of a character' played by a crowd favorite was mourned openly and when young girls were shunned from dancing or entering the film industry.

During this time, Kumar could never make a mark in the industry as an actor. Neither was he a crowd favorite nor hailed by critics. He failed miserably but was infamous in the tabloids for his crass and rude behavior.  Even though acting was never his choice, he still tried to keep the flame alive only for his sister Iravati, whose ambition of dance could never be a reality.

Along came Shyam, a foreign-returned director who was going to film his dream project. Shyam soon became a friend and confidant to Kumar. Kumar was overjoyed that maybe he will get a chance to prove his mettle as a successful actor. But Shyam had other plans in mind. He wanted to make a film on Iravati and sought Kumar's permission. Shocked, Kumar refuses his request and becomes a barricade between Shyam and Iravati.

To Shyam, this was an act of jealousy... Or was there more to this story than pure envy and patriarchy? And what about Shyam, the successful writer... Is he an open book or are there some chapters of his life that are torn and buried away?

Who is Iravati? She dances merrily in her haveli but has her gunghroos become shackles that cage her from having a career as a dancer?

Aum Theatre Mumbai's Dhappa is a mirage, submerged in mystery and drama.

Written and directed by Akshay Mishra, the play Dhappa transports you to the golden era of the 1950s.

Puneet Issar in a Never-Seen-Before Role

Puneet Issar, known for his towering stature and roaring voice, will be seen as Shyam, a sought-after, thoughtful, and dedicated writer and director, who is submerged in his world of craft. Puneet Issar has graciously contributed a monologue titled ‘Patthar Ke Pankh’ which was originally written decades ago by his father, Mr. Suresh Issar ji, a noted director and producer. This beautiful monologue was a perfect fit in the script as Dhappa itself is a story of the 1950s.

Akshay Mishra’s Original Script and Lyrics

Akshay Mishra who is known in the theatre circuit for his experimental theatre play, Nangi Aawazein, based on the short story of Saadat Hasan Manto, has written his ambitious theatre play Dhappa. The writer, producer, and director of Dhappa envisaged this play to be a musical and visual treat for his audience. He has written the original script and song lyrics that include the thumris.

Sharon Chandra’s Kathak Dance

Sharon Chandra, a trained Kathak dancer in Jaipur Gharana from Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, will be performing an 8-minute Kathak dance piece. The actress/dancer is from the Fiji Islands and has performed in numerous plays.

Vintage Era Melodies

The elegance of the 1950s can be heard through Dhappa’s original thumris and songs, sung live on stage. At the time when thumris and soulful compositions spoke of matters of the heart, Dhappa’s songs are a musical treat that belongs to the golden era.

The singers and musicians on stage are:

  1. Radha Srivastava, a finalist of Dil Hai Hindustani - a Starplus show.
  2. Amit Ranjan Srivastava, a second runner-up of Bhakti Samrat, a Zee Ganga show.
  3. Ajit Kumar Srivastava is a percussion artist and is well known in the Jharkhand theatre circuit.

Magnificent Set & Costumes

The set exudes old-world charm, consisting of lavish chandeliers, large doors and windows with stained glass, and sweeping staircases that are reminiscent of a forgotten era tucked away only in memories. The costumes are a delight to see as the color palettes and designs depict the 1950s.


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