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Ironic, funny, hard-hitting, and possibly relevant at any given point in time—the late Habib Tanvir’s Charandas Chor is a play that, over the years, has been banned, celebrated, awarded, and adapted for stage and screen.

The version being presented by Jagriti Theatre and directed by Arundhati Raja is fashioned after the English translation by editor, writer, translator and critic Anjum Katyal, and sees Charandas Chor in a different setting.

The original story, adapted from a Rajasthani folk tale, is about a thief who promises his guru that he will never lie. He also swears to never eat off a golden plate, ride an elephant at the head of a procession, marry a queen, or accept the throne of a country. What Charandas does not realize is that one day he will have to put his money where his mouth is.

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