A solo act of a Punjabi play ‘Pagla’ was presented by Goldy Lamba at the open air theatre of Punjab Kala Bhavan as part of the ongoing ‘7 Wonder Solo Theatre festival’ organised by Citi Entertainment Network and Theatre Arts here on Thursday.
Written by leading playwright late Gursharan Singh and directed by Ashish Sharma, the play depicted the psyche of a man driven to poverty by circumstances beyond his control and the unwarranted humiliations he had to bear.
Set in the vicinity of a city chowk, the play’s protagonist essayed by Goldy Lamba, shared the pain and anguish caused by the abusive behavior of his rich landlord with many people like an office-goer, a couple and finally a professor. No one was able to sympathise with and support the protagonist who was undergoing mental agony, but he continued to seek answers, apparently from the audience which is a segment of society. The play suggests that being poor is not a sin, especially when every individual in the world is both poor and rich in comparison with any other person. However, no one has the right to humiliate a person merely because of his economic status.