When men are opinionated – they are called ‘leaders’. When a woman is opinionated – she is told that she can’t be a good wife.
In the recent most episodes of Khuda Mera Bhi Hai, which revolves around a strong, confident protagonist “Mahi” (played by Ayesha Khan) and her significant other Zain (Syed Jibran) – who have an intersex child, we see that Zain’s mother does not want Zain to marry Mahi. She cites the reason, “Women like her cannot have fulfilling marriages.”
Mahi’s character however is shown as someone who is practical as well as principled. She is subversive only when her principles are attacked – but she is kind hearted (she adopts a street child called Sona and pays for her lodging/education) and tells her mother in law that she has no ill will towards her. Yet she does not stand down in front of the bullying behavior that her mother in law shows.
In Mahgul we see a new type of heroine being shaped – a modern woman who trusts her traditional values but knows and yet also knows what’s regressive and stands against it.
It will be interesting to see how the playwrights and directing team take the plot forward – especially since in the upcoming episodes the main conflict will be surfaced. Here’s my review of the second and third episodes: