Saadat Hussain Manto is undoubtedly one of the best short story writers that India has seen. His
stories surpasses time and is relevant even today. Dark Borders is a play directed by Padma Shri
recipient Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry based on the plays of Manto. Dark Borders is special in many
ways. It is after almost a decade that Neelam played her theatre at Chandigarh and all of the actors
are localities unlike the usual, where she makes play with the actors from her theatre group – the
The basic thread of the play is violence. It looks at violence through five dimensions-gender,
displacement, lost homes, broken relationships, and loss of identity. It is based on 5 short stories of
Manto. Neelam had been working closely with the works of Manto for the past years. She had
earlier done exemplary plays like Bitter Fruit and Naked voices based on his work.
The peculiarity of Neelam’s work is that she doesn’t go by a proper script but improvises as it goes.
Obviously, this is one work that you shouldn’t have miss at Serendipity’17.
About the Curators :
Anuradha Kapoor has worked as the director of National School of Drama in Delhi for 6 years and
she played a key role in the establishment of NSD Bangalore.
Lillete Dubey is known for her acting. She has served as the artistic director of The Prime Time
About the director :
Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry is a critically acclaimed Theatre director. She has received a Sangeet
Natak Akademi award in 2003 and Padmashri in 2011. Her troupe is called The COMPANY.