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Representation of Intersex in Pakistani Drama.


Mahagul and Zain are a newly married couple enjoying their life. Soon they get to know that Mahagul (Mahi) is pregnant.

Mahi gave birth to an intersex baby. Their families want to give that baby to the trans community but Mahi wanted to raise him as her child. Zain was embarrassed and pressurized and did not support her decision he said it would be extremely problematic to raise such a child. They got divorced. Mahagul raised Noor on her own she faced all the challenges, especially Noor struggling with his gender identity, and the education he then had homeschooled by Mikhail (Noor's tutor). When he was growing up he fell in love with a girl and the way he shattered and then gathered himself after ( though the whole drama but this scene has a very emotional dialogue that will make you cry). Noor grows up as a very successful businessman. He works for trans rights, his father accepted him and other people as well and Mahagul died of cancer.

I appreciate this drama because of its daring move to address an issue that everyone needs to be aware of. Despite some unnecessary scenes like the death of Mahi or Mikhail not getting married to support Mahagul and Noor and devoting his life to Noor’s education and upbringing was unrealistic (something that own father haven’t done) . Secondly, there is representation of Trans people in the drama but main lead like Noor is played by Furqan Qureshi it would be more powerful if they cast Kami Sid or any other trans model or activist. Overall “Khuda Mara bhi ha” put together a wonderful idea of representing the intersex community, and the message that children should be accepted by society wholeheartedly and not judged based on their identity and gender.

This drama could have been far more powerful if the writer delved deeper into the intricacies relating to the medical aspect of having such a child in a subtle manner but as a whole it managed to highlight issues which are rarely talked about on television.

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This was a wonderful read. It makes me extremely happy when I get to know that there are such dramas being made which do tackle such important problems which do exist in our society. We really get to see how many problems they face in life and what their life is actually like, Thank you for making me aware of this drama, I would really love to watch it.

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Thank you for writing about this!

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Dramas like Khuda Mera Bhi Hai are important in the sense that they not only have a strong main message but also a positive sub-set story that shows the secondary characters engaging in positive discourse even if they are talking about taboos. Mahgul’s mother in law is a typical and problematic mother in law but the way that her thought process is attacked by the other people in the play is a good lesson for everyone.


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Well, a great post and a great drama indeed.


Mahwash Badar of The Express Tribune called it a "game changer", while praising the themes touched by the drama such as "domestic abuse, how divorce is considered taboo, social pressures, and most importantly, the rights of transgender people and intersex individuals in the Pakistani society.

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Hey friend!


Such a good post. Like I always had a question about why transgenders are misrepresented or if they shown in drama, they're always in evil and negative light. But when this drama came, it addresses all the patriarchal standards of society about trans-community. I wanted to share a personal experience. I once read an article about representation of transgender in mainstream media so it piqued my interest to do a research on it. So, my parents were scared and hesitant too as they had a notion that transgenders are criminal or evil. So, I think media plays a very important role and you see how evil representation of transgender influence the viewers.


I've a question like trans role…

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