“Parizaad” held an important conversation around being “two-spirited” in their latest episode

“Repression begins when we refuse to understand a person’s identity and it becomes a problem for later generations in the future”

Mahnoor Jalal

Mahnoor Jalal


Parizaad is breaking the stereotypes by going against the demand for Pakistani shows to solely speak on issues regarding divorce, marriage and abuse and instead, it is making a space for marginalized voices and doing so in a beautiful manner. In the previous episodes, fans praised the show for tackling colorism, infidelity and the stigma on being a transgender person in our society. In the latest episode, we witness all the characters having a profound  and emotional conversation around being a “two-spirited” person and how society represses people from exploring their true identity.

In this episode, we watch Bubbly’s parents are searching for him and come to Guru’s house to convince him to come home, but Bubbly doesn’t want to since he doesn’t want to be treated and seen as a girl when he actually is a man. When Bubbly’s mother says that she blames herself for being the reason why Bubbly is “confused” about who he is now, it is Guru then who tells her that being “two-spirited” isn’t a crime but it is something every person is born with, but it is society that represses our desires and tells us to keep following a straight line:

“No sister it isn’t your fault. The world is full of people who are divided in to two people. And it is only one or two people who have the guts to address this torment inside them. Society treats it like a curse rather than a sentiment or a perspective. And our family tells us to treat it like a sin and hide it.”

The episode then discussed how suffocating a person by telling them not to explore their inner desires or identity can repress them and mentally scare them, and which further keeps replicating this trauma on to further generations. Instead of encouraging shame, the main character Parizaad says that we need to be more empathizing and kind towards each other:

“And this is how suffocation begins. Which further goes on to become a problem for the coming generations in the future. Maybe all that one needs to do is try to understand this perspective.”

Twitter users praised this scene for holding an important conversation around a topic that has been viewed as a stigma within our entertainment industry and executing it with empathy.