Anuvab Pal is an internationally renowned playwright, screenwriter, stand up comic and author.

Chaos Theory– 2 Indian professors in America. 30 Years of Shakespeare, verbal duels, jokes, alcohol. And the impefect physics of love.

over 250 productions including the first Indian play to be The Finalist at The BBC World Playwriting Competition 2007, Alter Ego Productions, SALAAM Theatre, Producers Club, Here Theatre-Soho, 78 th Street Theatre Lab, American Theatre of Actors, Columbia University,  TBG Theatre, American Place Theatre, Bodhi Art Gallery, Greenwich Street Theatre- all in New York City, ArtWallah Festival- Los Angeles, Georgetown University, STAGE festival–Washington DC, Edward Albee Theatre Festival- Alaska, Rasik Arts- Toronto. In India, Dubai, Muscat- staged by Rage Productions’ directed by Rahul Da Cunha. 50th show – April 2011.  






Beyond Bollywood and Broadway- South Asian plays from The Diaspora

The President Is Coming– 2006.
George W Bush is set to visit India. Six Indians will have to compete to win a chance to shake hands with him.

Premiered at The Rage Productions/ Royal Court Theatre Writers Bloc Festival  2007 in Mumbai, to welcome reviews and ran to sold out houses in Mumbai, Chennai. Hyderabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Muscat and many other cities. Produced by Q Theatre Productions. Directed by Kunaal Roy Kapur. Also staged by Salaam Theatre in NYC.  40th show- March 2011.

Published by Random House India

1-888-Dial-India-  The recession is affecting the world. Many Americans are depressed. Many are suicidal. Arun Gupta has a business plan. If everything can be outsourced, why not suicide?

Premiered in Mumbai July 2008. Produced by Raell Padamsee Productions. 22 Shows in Mumbai. 3 shows in Kolkata (Treehat Productions). Also, Lark Theatre NYC, Shunya Theatre, Houston.

Published by Random House India. Available here at Flipkart.

FATWA- 2 old failed novelists. An expected death edict that never comes. Till one novelist asks the friend to react violently.  The only qualification of the friend: he is “middle eastern looking”.

Only Indian playwright at The New York International Fringe Festival 2004, the play sold out and transferred to Blue Heron Arts Center to packed houses-NYC. Also, Silk Road Theatre-Chicago.  

Out Of Fashion (One Act)  – London. 1940’s and Present Day. The accidental murder of an Indian freedom fighter at a Saville Rowe Tailor shop. Or the history of Indian independence, as seen through posh suits.

Asian-American Writers Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Source- in NYC, Edward Albee Theatre Festival – Alaska.

Life, Love&EBITDA- London. New York and Mumbai. One Christmas weekend. One multinational manhole cover company. A mega Wall Street merger. 6 Women, Billions, and the meaning of value.

Joseph Papp Public Theatre, NYC, New Works Now! Festival 2003, Lark Theatre-South Asian Diaspora Festival 2003, Epic Theatre – in NYC, Finalist-Playwrights Center/Guthrie Theatre- Minnesota, Artwallah Festival-Los Angeles.

THE BUREAUCRAT – 2011. New Delhi, India. India’s year of protests. In the corridoors of power, an aging, washed-up civil servant is biding away his time, waiting for his retirement in the basement of South Block, the heart of India’s administration, when The Home Minister, the 2nd most powerful office after The Prime Minister, calls for him.An emergency requires the Bureaucrat’s  skills to solve it. The emergency is that a 100,000 young people plan to take off their pants in a peaceful protest against the hapless government. His skills to solve it – the protest is organized by an aging MTV VJ who happens to be The Bureaucrat’s son.

Currently playing in Mumbai and touring nationwide.


LOINS OF PUNJAB PRESENTS  – (co-written with Manish Acharya)

Highest grossing Indian English language comedy of all time. Directed by Manish Acharya. Starring Shabana Azmi, Ajay Naidu and Ayesha Dharker. A global box office  phenomenon for independent Indian cinema especially in the US and India. Festivals include Cannes, Rome,  New York SAIFF Opening Film, IFFLA Los Angeles,  Stuttgard, Pusan and many more.   


India’s first mockumentary film. Cult hit nationwide. Hong Kong International Film Festival, SAIFF New York. Based on the play of the same name. Produced by RSE Entertainment and Rohan Sippy.  Starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Shernaz Patel.   


Disco Dancer- A Comedy in 5 Acts.  Published by Harper Collins India.

Stand Up Comedy

Anuvab performs regularly at The Comedy Store Mumbai. Usually, a couple of times a month.  Some of his stand up can be seen here. And here 


Anuvab Pal’s articles and opinions, as well as articles and interviews on his work, have have been featured in:

The New York Times, BBC, Time Magazine, Elle, Vogue India, GQ India, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, The Times of India, The Los Angeles Times,  Time Out New York, Time Out Mumbai, Theatermania , NY Theatre, Village Voice,  Mint/ Wall Street Journal, Playbill New York,  India Today, Economic Times, The Telegraph, The Hindu, Rediff/ India Abroad, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, DNA, , Midday, The Asian Age, Mumbai Mirror, Tehelka, Outlook and many other publications.



3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Anuvab, heard about you… i have passion for theater….

    Please let me know of your future theater shows…..

    i live in Gurgaon



  2. Loved your show at NCPA this evening. You’re act was refreshing, intelligent, consumable, and (obviously) funny as hell. You’re brilliant and would love to see more of your work in the future.

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