Pune Highway (2004)

It is 5 a.m. Three friends are holed up in a seedy hotel room, off the Bombay-Pune highway. They have just witnessed the stabbing of a fourth friend, in a robbery attempt by thugs. They need desperately to get back to Bombay, but are constantly thwarted by obstacles. A comic thriller that explores the survival of friendship in extreme circumstances. The play is filled with tension, nostalgia and humour.

The play premiered at the Writers’ Bloc festival in 2004 and performed hundreds of shows all over the country and abroad. It played at the prestigious Biennale Bonn festival in Germany, the Korean Festival of India, as well as toured Belgium, The Netherlands, Malaysia, the U.K. and the United States.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown wrote of the play in The Independent: “It is as powerful and challenging as Look Back in Anger must have been in 1956, or Pinter’s early work. It is English again, breaking out and starting out a new trajectory in its unending history.”

  • Written and Directed by: Rahul da Cunha
  • The Cast: Ashwin Mushran/Rehaan Engineer, Bugs Bhargava Krishna, Rajit Kapur, Shankar Sachdev, Yamini Namjoshi
  • Light Design: Pushan Kripalani & Arghya Lahiri
  • Set Design: Nikhil Khadilkar & Vinesh Iyer
  • Sound Design: Mahesh Tinaikar
  • Costumes: Yamini Namjoshi