Director and Founder: Abhijeet Choudhary

You start with asking Abhijeet" how did you attempt to choose a career in this one?" and he replies"Attempts in life can be tragedies or victories depending on how we handle them. Victories don't come without effort."A keen believer in efforts and hardwork he believes that actor in not born but is created.

A 26 (2008) year old graduate from Delhi University,did his Direction and editing course from AAFT(Asian Academy of Film and Television).At the same time, he was an actor in Asmita Theatre under the guidance of Arvind Gaur Sir. After attaining experience in theatre he came to Pune and never getting off by the discouragement done to him he fulfilled his dream of establishing Swatantra Theatre in the heart of the city.His exact idea about set design, lights,sets, and props makes every production artistic and illuminating.  

Gung-ho about making a difference to the world one day, through his direction he communicates his ideology.Though his parents are his greatest influence he draws heavily from his personal experiences and thinks that life is the greatest teacher. Musically inclined, Abhijeet is no doubt a person filled with positive energy and enthusiasm.The way he handles every venture in his life is simply outstanding. He is amongst those seldom people on the earth who are polite in nature and value the thoughts of every other. People know they are different but Abhijeet believes he is different because he is.

Directed Hindi Commercial  film Pune TC, Godse to Gandhi, and many more   

Directed more than 40 full-length Hindi and English Plays, 20 one-act plays, 32 street plays including swine flu and save tiger. Worked for awareness for Pirated CD’s, DVD’s through street play medium which received tremendous response from leading production houses.

Conducts acting workshop for Cadets and Staged much Play at  National Defence Academy 2008-2010.

Faculty for acting at Balkalyan Sanstha, Pune for the Disabled 2009-10.

Conducts acting training programs for visually impaired students every twice a year.

Trained more than 1000 aspiring actors across India ( Working in Films, Plays, Web-Series, Ad-Films, Serials ) and 10000 non-professional ( Colleges, Schools, Corporates, NGO's, Teachers, Clubs)

Graduate from Delhi University,

Film-making course from AAFT, Delhi.An active member of Delhi Theatre from 2000.

Worked as an Broadcast editor in Zoom TV by Essel Shyam Communications Ltd.  and  Reporter at DD News (for Election in Bihar 2005).

Directed Feature Film  PUNE TC FILM year 2012

Documentry - 1) Mission Against Piracy

                       2 ) SUNO- SUNO Documentry (International, UK)

                       3) COMMAN SADNESS- MUSICAL NARRATIVE (With InternationalTheatre Nitherland)

Songs Video Album-  1)CLASSICAL  Aaye Badra

                                   2) Bollywood  Mashup/Cover

                                   3) Mere Rashke Qamar Mashup/ Cover

Short film - Godse to Gandhi



                   The Bue Cap

                   Hum badlenge Hindustaan


                  The Urban Villager


                 AURVEDIC MEDICINE

UP-Coming Film- THE LABOUR PAIN (Based on life of Migrants worker in Covid -19)

As a Judge

  • Mood Indigo- IIT - MUMBAI
  • AFMC Sillhouttes
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Roorkee
  • IIT KhaRagpur
  • COEP- Pune
  • Big Bazaar Summer Collection
  • Horlicks 30 seconds to Fame
  • Symbiosis Institute for Media and Communication (Fest o comm)
  • Symbiosis Law College (Symbhav)
  • ISB &M (Cresendo)

De Mont Fort University- London for Conferrance


Creative-Director Co- Founder : Dhanashree Heblikar

Dhanashree Heblikar a typical Puneri girl srtikes you as an enigmatic person .With her improved diction and creative way of thinking she stands at a very important place in Swatantra Theatre and Films.She has assisted Abhijeet Choudhary in all the productions at Swatantra Theatre from last 3 years.She has did the adaptation for English play “Am I the Paa” and also for the recent huge responded play "Hamlet in my school".  rewarded for She has helped Abhijeet to translate his film from Telgu to Hindi and has written Marathi dialouges for the same.

She has acted in plays like Jis Lahore, Komal Gandhar, Mujhe Amrita Chahiye, Jaag Utha Hain Raigad and has received the Best Actress Award for year 2018 by the Maharashtra Government. 

She has acted in Films like Pune TC, Ek Dusre ke liye and has also acted for the Television.

She has been a voice artist and has endorsed her voice for many brands. She was the youth Radio Jockey for Radio one.

As a music Director she has worked in Productions like Court Martial, An Evening with Chekhov, An accidental death of an anarchist.

She is a classical vocalist.

Dhanashree developed a module called 'Empowerment Through Theatre' and has worked with more than 2000 underprivileged, mentally retarded and physically challenged children.

She was selected to perform musical rendition of Pasaydaan on the opening of the Prayer hall in Alandi in precence of Cheif Minister of Maharashtra.

She has been featured by India Today magazine as a youth changemaker and holds a place of 30 under 30 influential youth of India published by Hindustan Times.

As a part of a Research project Dhanashree was invited to speak as a speaker at the UK Parliament in a presentation made by the team on using the methodology of Theater for the Data collection process.

I am thanked to have Dhanashree's creative support in all my productions. - Abhijeet Choudhary-Director Swatantra Theatre

Dhanashree has all exceptional qualities of a true artist indeed with her humility which makes her stand very special. - Dr.Vinay Deep,Associate Cultural head and head-English dept of N.D.A.(MAY 2009)

She is very focussed and hardworking.Her works are inspiring. - Rudradeep Chakrabarty-Theatre Director(APRIL 2009)

Beauty of heart and mind that is Dhanashree. - Raza Murad,Actor(SEP 2009)

Where at such a young age Dhanashree understands the language of art,there I understand she is a Puniete. - Piyush Mishra, Actor, composer(AUGUST-2008)


Yuwaraj Shah is the Co-Founder and Producer of Swatantra Theatre and Films Pune.

He has produced more than 50 Theatre Productions performed all over India.

As a script writer he had written a Film called Chakkar Chandu Chameli in which actress Sarika was at the lead. 

He was also a part of the Production of Richard Attenborough's Historic Film Gandhi.

Yuwaraj Shah is a prolific writer and a journalist. he is regularly invited by prestigious Newspapers to write columns on the existing socio political and cultural scenario throughout the Country.

He is an Environmentalist and landscape artist and has developed Rock mountains into into lush green beautiful garden for which he has received many accolades from the Government .

As an actor he has acted in Serials like Avantika, Gharkul Films like Manya Sajjana, Pune TC.

He has the background of student movementand has been part of many progressive movement under eminent leaders.

He has been organising biggest Diwali Pahat Concert at Saras Park in Pune from last 17 years where about 10,000 audiences gather to experience the concert.

The Mega Dandiya Event organised by him also holds a record of attendance of maximum Youth participation.

He has recently authored a Book, Jeena Isika Naam Hain which is in high demand and is one of the best sellers in Marathi Language.

In his college days he initiated a satirical publication called 'Feksatta' which was very popular amongst college students.