'Bohipir' sends out a strong message | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 24, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:50 AM, December 24, 2018

'Bohipir' sends out a strong message

Through the story of a young girl named Tahera, who was a victim of forced marriage, the play 'Bohipir' conveys a strong message for society. Based on Syed Waliullah's story, 'Bohipir' was recently staged at the Experimental Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.

The play was directed by Afrin Huda, a lecturer at Jagannath University. She also played the role of Khodeja, the wife of a zamindar. Her headstrong, vocal and confident attitude stood out throughout the play.

The crew of the play consisted of promising artistes. The older characters, such as the Pir, zamindar and his wife, were portrayed by young artistes. While the characters tried their best to give a believable performance, a few elements of the play, including the make-up and demeanour did not look as natural as intended.

However, the crew successfully managed to portray the struggles of a young girl living in a rural area of the country.  Aronika Sraboni Athoi, who played the character of Tahera, seemed extremely passionate while portraying the helplessness and impatience of her character, who escaped her village after being forcefully married to an old Pir.

The serious issues grappling today's society were manifested in the play in a humorous way. Audiences were emotive throughout the performance, which proved that the production did justice to Syed Waliullah's story.

After the play concluded, a short documentary including pictures of women, who were victims of child marriage and forced marriages were shown to the audience in order to create awareness about the issue.

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