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“Pragoitihashik”: Highlighting primitive human instincts


Hridi Haque in Pragoitihashik

The premiere show of theatre troupe Nagorik Nattyangon's latest production Pragoitihashik was staged at Mahila Samity on September 13. Pragoitihashik is the 15th production of Nagorik Nattyangon. Its first production was Kholosh in 1995.
The play directed by Lucky Enam, is an adaptation of a short story by Manik Bandyopadhyay with the same title.
Set in a rural area, the protagonist of the play is not a man of noble character. Bhikhu (played by Mahmudul Islam Selim) is a notorious bandit, who has earned quite a reputation. During a raid, his entire gang is captured. Bhikhu makes a narrow escape with a severe injury and takes refuge at his friend Pehlad's (Sajjad Reza) home. As he starts to recover the animal instincts in him start to take over. In the absence of his friend, Bhikhu tries to rape Pehlad's wife but fails. A furious Pehlad beats him out of the house.
Bhikhu becomes a drifter and one day comes across Pachi (Hridi Haque). Bhikhu takes a liking to Pachi but Bashir (Arbatuzzaman Proloy), another beggar, stands in his way. One night Bhikhu kills Bashir, and taking Pachi with him, sets off for the city.
Depicting rural life, the play addresses the primeval human instincts of lust, rage and desire to possess.
Anisul Haq Borun did the choreography and art direction. Light design was done by Mohammad Jasimuddin.

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