The play explores the concept of the eternal masculine and “strong” superhero embodies through Pandava prince Bhima.
In the course of the play complex questions are raised: Who is Bhima really and what is his relevance to contemporary society? Is his version of masculinity still acceptable, or is he just a child-man who seeks a guide? Is he a selfless narcissist?
In the current context how would Bhima fit – as a loyal middle management warrior who can never be CEO? Would he be able to overreach his defined roles of the eternal family man, breadwinner, husband and son, and seek his identity as an individual? And even if he were to, would he even be accepted in a society which perhaps lauds its Arjuna’s only?
Contrasting the heroism of the Kutiyattam form with contemporary dialogue and commentary, using music and poetry as interventions, the play re-examines a version of masculinity and its interaction with modernity.