One of the most prolific theatre companies in India, AKVarious has produced 46 plays in 14 years with around 800 performances over 25 cities.
AKvarious Productions was founded by noted actor (film and theatre), screenwriter and director Akash Khurana in the early 90s. Its purpose was to groom and promote new talent in the fields of screenwriting and theatre. Since 1997, the founder’s son,
Akarsh Khurana, has spearheaded AKvarious.
In the last 14 years, Akvarious Productions has produced 46 plays, covering a wide range of genres and languages, staged over 850 shows across 25 cities. Five of their productions have been nominated for the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (including All About Women and Blackbird) and two (The Interview,Baghdad Wedding) have won the prestigious award for Best Play.
Akash Khurana has been acting, writing, and directing for the stage and screen for over three decades. In the early eighties, he founded and edited ‘Ovation’, Bombay’s only English language theatre journal at the time. In theatre, he has worked extensively with Satyadev Dubey and Naseeruddin Shah. His work includes directing and acting in plays by Pinter, Mamet, Mrozek, Kundera, Tendulkar, Shakespeare, Shaw, and Beckett. He is a core member of Arpana, Motley, and Akvarious Productions, three of India’s foremost theatre companies. His current projects include Mitch Albom’s ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ and Brian Friel’s ‘Faith Healer’. He made his first screen appearance in Shyam Benegal's ‘Kalyug’ and went on to play character roles in nearly 60 films such as ‘Ardh Satya’, ‘Saaransh’, ‘Naam’, ‘Beta’, ‘Saudagar’, ‘Sarfarosh’, ‘Company’, and ‘Barfii’. He won the Nandi Award of Andhra Pradesh for playing the lead in the Telugu film ‘Dr. Ambedkar’. He has also written over 20 screenplays, including ‘Aashiqui’ and 'Baazigar', the latter fetching him the Filmfare Award. He is presently directing a feature film about a journey down the Ganges.
Akvarious’ repertoire includes Ayub Khan-Din's Rafta Rafta, Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother, David Harrower's Blackbird, Thornton Wilder's Our Town, Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector, and Brian Friel's Faith Healer.