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.
Absolutely mind blown by this scene in Parizaad which speaks of being two spirited and queer.
Please don’t @ me telling me what’s problematic in the drama I know all of that yet I believe this is just so phenomenal. pic.twitter.com/yZhhoEJQtq
— Tooba Syed (@Tooba_Sd) October 26, 2021
Queer issue has been raised so empathetically and sensibly. Hatts off!!
Pakistani dramas are way ahead of Indian soaps https://t.co/jEHd8NPMBs
— A.Void (@Unapologeticurs) October 27, 2021
Today’s episode was so powerful. https://t.co/KFZgV1FP1i
— ملنگ (@serastragedy) October 26, 2021