NCPA and Akvarious Presents Vijay Tendulkars A Friends Story

NCPA and Akvarious Presents Vijay Tendulkars A Friends Story

Ticket Price: ₹ 400
Duration:80 minutes, no intermission
Age:18 and above
Playwright:Vijay Tendulkar
Director:Akash Khurana
Cast:Abhay Mahajan, Parna Pethe, Sayalee Phatak, Priyanshu Painyuli and Dhruv Kalra
Presented By:NCPA & Akvarious
Location:Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield, Bangalore, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Bangalore, Karnataka 560066, India
Event Date & Time
Fri-18-Sep | 08:00 PM
Sun-27-Sep | 06:30 PM

Set in and around a college campus in Poona (now Pune) in the 1940’s, A Friend’s Story is about three students – the diffident Bapu, the carefree Mitra, and the deceptive Nama.

When Bapu’s improbable wish of getting to know Mitra oddly comes true, little does he know that he would soon become party to her inner struggles with her sexuality, and eventually get drawn into a game of vacillating sexual politics between her and Nama, the girl she desires. Nama, on the other hand, enjoys being in a relationship with both, her aggressive boyfriend Dalvi and Mitra. But her turmoil begins when she is confronted with their possessiveness and the consequences of making a commitment. Mitra fascinates and frightens Bapu at the same time, and his inner conscience continues to question the morality of her behaviour. But he starts getting accustomed to his new unconventional friend even as he becomes the guardian of her secrets. But when Bapu’s only other friend, his roommate Pande, gets smitten by Mitra, he finds it necessary to reveal to Pande that Mitra is ‘different’ and not interested in men.

Essentially a love triangle, A Friend’s Story is Vijay Tendulkar’s understated ‘Greek tragedy’ about obsession, jealousy, betrayal, and a search for redemption. Based on events that took place around the middle of the last century, about a theme that many still consider taboo, the play that once expanded the horizons of Indian drama, stands out even today, as an avant-garde tour-de-force.


Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.

The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry. 

The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.

Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.