‘Pagalpur’ unfolds madness for money, power and discrimination


National Theatre Festival continues to pull crowds

Zubair Qureshi

The young team of Lahore-based curtain call staged ‘Pagalpur’ successfully unfolded the people’s madness for money, power and discrimination as well as violation of basic rights of the marginalized communities suffering in our society.
The play indeed turned out to be a meaningful experimental performacne at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in connection with the 12th National Theatre Festival to mark the 70th anniversary celebration of the country. Islamabad’s residents are displaying quite an enthusiasm and passion in attending these plays particularly with their children and in having some positive fun.
Written and directed by Muhammad Anis and Aziz Zulfiqar, the play turned to be one of the best in terms of performance and content while depicting the ‘the haves and the have nots’. Starring in the play were Muhammad Amin, Muhammad Nadeem, Muhammad Ahmed, and Asad Asif.
The story revolves around the five inmates of a mental hospital who reflect upon the crazy behaviours of the people living outside the room in the open world. Symbolically, the play highlights the contrary notions about the people that is making the society a hypocritical and insane one.
Another play ‘Satroo Nakhan’ was a grassroots level story reflecting the passion and love for the motherland. Directed by Sabir Khan and adapted from a folk tale by Shabbir Hussain, the play promoted the traditional values and ethnic indentity of the Gilgit-Balitistan through different situations, costumes and music. The play was concluded with the recitation of national anthem that reflected their association with the land. Talking about the plays and the theatre festival, PNCA senior official said, “National cohesive thinking and identity could only be emerged through frequent exchange of cultural realities of the federating units. It would help in developing integrated federalism based on the shared respect and honour for the ethnic diversity and cultural assets of each region. National Theatre Festival is a bouquet of blossoming colours of the regions to make a rainbow of the cultural understanding and harmony.”

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