“Choita Pagol”: Mahfuz Ahmed’s latest venture | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, May 07, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 07, 2010

“Choita Pagol”: Mahfuz Ahmed’s latest venture

Mahfuz Ahmed

Popular TV actor Mahfuz Ahmed has moved towards direction over the last few years. “Amader Nurul Huda” was the first drama serial that he co-directed with Aranya Anwar. “Tomar Doa-e Bhalo Achhi Ma”, directed by Mahfuz, was much admired by the TV viewers. Both serials were aired on ATN Bangla. Besides serial, the actor-helmer has directed several single-episode plays. Currently, Mahfuz is busy directing a new serial, “Choita Pagol.” Aside from direction, he is also playing the protagonist in the 104-episode serial written by Brindabon Das.
The Daily Star (TDS) recently caught up with the actor:
TDS: Updates on your latest production?
Mahfuz: Twenty episodes of “Choita Pagol” have already been shot. Shooting is on at Lauhojong, Munshiganj. Channel i will air the serial twice a week, starting from next month.
TDS: What is the plot?
Mahfuz: A naive young man, Choita, whom the villagers call “pagol” (crazy), remains well for 11 months. For a month every year, Choita turns insane. The villagers exploit Choita and make him do all kinds of work but when he turns “mad,” he is shunned by all. Even when he goes without food for days, no one comes to his assistance. The story addressed the conscience of our society.
TDS: Do you find it challenging to direct and act in the same serial?
Mahfuz: It's not a major problem. However, sometimes there is extra pressure. Mosharraf Karim was going to play the role but we changed our decision four days before shooting began.
TDS: What triggered the recast?
Mahfuz: Mosharraf Karim is not only a prolific actor but is also one my favourite people. As he is busy on many fronts and couldn't give us the time we needed, we had to recast.
TDS: James has recorded the theme song for the serial?
Mahfuz: Yes, this is the first time James has done the theme song for a TV serial. I'm very excited about this! I hope the song will be popular.
I'm hopeful that viewers will find something new and fresh in the serial.

Translated by A Correspondent

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