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Aao Saathi Sapna Dekhen

Aao Sathi… is a musical set in Chandni Chowk area of Old Delhi. It is a love story of a boy (Baiju Khan), and girl (Gauraiya), the events of which are planned by their respective fathers (Miya Khan and Chironji Lal Gupta)… but soon things begin to take their own course. The story is told by a narrator (Bahumukhi) and his assistant (Sur, a mute).


Aao Saathi... closing play at National Theatre Festival 2009.

Aao Saathi... closing play at Rangshankara Festival 2009.

Aao Saathi... Opening play at META Festival 2009.

Actors' Cult got BEST ENSEMBLE for Aao Saathi Sapna Dekhen at META Festival, 2009.

Lyrics and direction by National Award Winner Swanand Kirkire.

After the tremendous success of the songs of 3 Idiots, Papa, Hazaron Khwahisein Aisi, Parinita, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Khoya Khoya chand, Laaga Chunri Maine Daag, it showcases the some of the most awesome and sensitive poetry of recent times.

The play operates at the intersection of the rich simplicity of indian folk theatre and the best of popular Hindi cinema.

The language is Hindustani at its best, weaving effortlessly the mandane, the comic and the philosophical.

Every single sound on stage is live.


Aao Saathi a dreamlike musical, is a sheer joy to watch...
- Jyoti Vyas, Mumbai Theatre Guide.

City's Theatre could do some good with their energy...
- Deepa Gahlot, Theatre Critic.

One of the top five plays of 2007...
- Hindustan Times.

The play proves that slapstick is a highly skilled science...
- Pragya Tiwari, Mumbai Mirror.

Swanand's lyrics and singing gently carry the hilarious action to the level of sensitive poetry...
- Rajiv Valichetty, Reader, University of Hyderabad.


The first part of Aao Sathi… unfolds like a dream, that magical time all of us have experienced in our youth… those days of listless abandon, that mad pursuit for love and what it felt like to have your heart pounding against your chest when found it, that strange innocence which allowed you to see rainbows even when it didn’t rain… the second half continues with this dream bit more but later brings you face to face with the brightness of the day, that painful transition when you can no longer shut your eyes to the harsh glare of the reality, that strong grasp which threatens to crush your very soul when you are separated from the one you love, when ambition begins to rule you and you stop finding joy in simple pleasures. What happens then, do you succumb or do you still hold on to your dreams?

Sometime we need to travel back in time to know ourselves… come, take the journey with us.

Director's Note

As somebody said...
Life is a celebration.
So let’s celebrate...
Our dreams and our realities,
Our happiness and our sorrow,
Our togetherness and our loneliness,
Our success and our failure,
Our frustration and our excitement,
Our madness and our sanity...

For me theatre, because it is dynamic and frenetic as it makes use of living instruments, continues to stir up shadows and emotional nuances. My theatre uses everything - singing, gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness and rediscovers itself in the most naked manifestations of human emotions. And these emotions never fail to cascade into the audience which experiences them as a reflection of their own life, their own dreams. An emotional intimacy, the collective nostalgia is what one achieve through creating an energetic, lively theatre where laughter and pain, song and dance, cries and whispers all are whipped up on stage in their purest most visceral form. This play is a tribute to the inner hum which is present in every living being.

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Season 1

11th Nov 2007 2 Shows Opened at Prithvi Musical Festival
24th Dec 2007 1 Show Bhopal, Ustad Allauddin Khan Festival
5th & 6th Jan 2008 4 Shows Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai
24th & 25th Jan 2008 2 Shows Hydrabad University, Hydrabad
3rd & 4th May 2008 4 Shows Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai

Season 2

20th Sept 2008 1 Show Mysore Association, Matunga, Mumbai
21st Sept 2008 1 Show Manik Sabhagriha, Bandra, Mumbai
27th Sept 2008 1 Show ISCKON Auditorium, Juhu, Mumbai
28th Sept 2008 1 Show Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Chaupatty, Mumbai
2nd Oct 2008 1 Show Sophia Hall, Breach Candy, Mumbai
11th Oct 2008 1 Show ISCKON Auditorium, Juhu, Mumbai
12th Oct 2008 1 Show Y B Chavan, Mantralay, Mumbai
25th Oct 2008 1 Show TATA Main, NCPA, Mumbai
26th Oct 2008 1 Show Manik Sabhagriha, Bandra, Mumbai

Season 3

16th Jan 2009 1 Show Lakhnow, National Theatre Festival
19th Jan 2009 1 Show Delhi, National Theatre Festival
March 2009 1 Show Delhi, META Festival
15th Nov 2009 2 Shows Banglore, Rangshankara Festival
March 2010 5 Shows Prithvi, Mumbai
11th Aug 2010 1 Show Times of India, Banglore
2nd Oct 2010 1 Show Times of India festival, Mumbai
11th Dec 2010 1 Show Jan Natya Manch festival, Mumbai
In all 35 Shows  


Bahumukhi Harsh Khurana
Sur Viinod Rai
Baiju Khan Amitosh Nagpal
Gauraiya Neha Saraf / Vega Tamotia
Chironji Lal Gupta Vinod Nahardih
Miyan Khan Swanand Kirkire
Lallan Kuldeep Ruhil / Kranti Prakash
Natha Ram Gaur Satish Trivedi / Vishwanath
Jhanak Singh Jai Hind Kumar
Lead Singer Swanand Kirkire
Chorus Shiva Chopra, Shyam, Maneesh Verma


Direction & Lyrics Swanand Kirkire
Script Harsh Khurana
Music Sneha Khanwalkar
Design Kalyani Hiwale
Lights Narayan Chauhan
Choreography Viinod, Maneesh
Stage Manager Kuldeep Ruhil
Poster & Brochure Maneesh Verma
Executive Producer Maneesh Verma

Special thanks to Sheetal Ladha, Bijesh Jayarajan and Vidu Vinod Chopra for their support.