Khuda Mera Bhi hai is definitely worth a watch

Published: November 5, 2016
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An alarming trend that often puts many people off from Pakistani dramas is how they tend to glorify patriarchy, domestic violence and misogyny. However, with recent dramas like Nanhi, Chup Reho, Udaari, Sang e Mar Mar, we see that the trend is gradually changing and that dramas are delivering clear cut messages that domestic violence is not okay.

Of late, the play Khuda Mera Bhi Hai touches on these forbidden topics and takes extremely bold steps in sending these messages across. The story revolves around Mahgul, played by Ayesha Khan. Thankfully, Ayesha Khan will now be seen in a strong, sane avatar – which is a healthy change from her weepy, psychopathic role from Mann Mayal. Mahgul is the daughter of a woman who runs an NGO, played by Saba Hamid. Saba Hamid portrays her role effectively and in a way that helps many of those in understanding and liking her character who vilify and hate on ‘NGO aunties’.

In the first episode Mahgul attempts to free her friend from an abusive marriage and the play takes a very clear stance that domestic violence is not okay and violence is not a way for a man to show his love to a woman and that while there are things and instances in a marriage that can be ‘compromised’ on, violence is definitely not one of them.

From the trailer we know that Mahgul and Zain (played by Syed Jibran) will be romantically linked and later will get married and have a child. The child will be an ‘intersex’ baby, though I am unclear as to how correct this term will be, considering we don’t really know how the play moves forward.

Nevertheless, the performances are promising and the plot is definitely something worth watching.

Mahwash.Badar.

Mahwash Badar

The author is a clinical psychologist, a mum to two boys and permanently in a state of flux. She tweets @mahwashajaz_ (twitter.com/mahwashajaz_)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • vinsin

    So the show is unislamic.Recommend

  • MR.X

    there are hadith in Sahih bukhari and ibn majah which allow man to hit his wife..And also Verse 34 from surah nisa..I want to hear your views feminist writer…Do you believe? Islam allows husband to hit wife in certain circumstances..Praise be to Allah..i have studied religious books..can you debate me on factual levels ??Recommend

  • Saher

    Yes it says if the wife disobeys, husband should isolate her from himself and if she still disobeys he can ‘lightly beat’. Yes that’s true! But it refers to wives who leave the righteous path and commit adultery or other sinful deeds, not the one who jokingly says to husband that I am as tired as you please get yourself and me a glass of water! Sadly, we interpret hadees and Quran the way we want to. What about the husbands who themselves commit adultery and still find it their religious duty to hit wife even if his clothes have only a few wrinkles after she ironed them?Recommend

  • MR.X

    For adultery there is punishment for both men and women ..and that is stoning to death if they are married .You are actually trying to make your own islam and blaming me, the irony, that is called ‘ulta chor kotwal ko dantay”..And i never said you should hit women when clothes are not wrinkled..How did you come up with that judgemental argument??Recommend

  • farhan

    Read sahih bukhari my sister and you will find out that you can hit wife even for disobeying not adultery..may Allah Guide youRecommend

  • MR.X

    sir you are oppressing women with facts and logic..She wants an islam that suits her..hell with sahih bukhari…her ego must be satisfied at the cost of facts and logic…#women logicRecommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    Quran should be the prime source of religion. Hadith were collected hundreds of years after the prophet. No such thing as stoning to death for anything in Quran or for blasphemy or apostasy. Stop spreading lies about Islam. And spare me your debate. Go study the Quran, not just Read it.Recommend

  • MR.X

    of courese quran is primary source,they reject hadith which dosent match with quranic teachings..Who better to explain the quran than the Prophet himself??ohh.ive studied quran with tafseer especiallly in this regard..It also says that Prophet(SAW) dosent say anything by himself….You are rejecting hadith thus you are also rejecting part of Quran..stop spreading lies that suit your version of islam..Scholars unanimously agree in authenticity of Bukhari..You can reject it because i smell some hypocysy from ur sideRecommend

  • farhan

    leave him..just wants an islam that suits his interpratation ..rejects hadith clearly..Recommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    You believe in Bukhari only, while I believe in Quran, Sunnah and Hadith and in this exact order. You religious order is Bukhari and that is it. Please do not try to confuse the matter here.
    Enough blood has been shed and enough people have been declared Kafir just because of people like you insisting on Bukhari only while Quran and Sunnah tell a different story.
    You are the one whose a hypocrite, not me. All that hue and cry about the Palestinians and Kashmiris while dealing with minorities in Pakistan like Jews and Hindus.Recommend

  • MR.X

    Wow wow wow.. Hold your horses and dont try to manipulate what i said.. Please read above comment again slowlyRecommend

  • Miyagi Jr.

    Not wow wow but shame shame. You couldn’t refute a single argument I have put forward, just wow wow. that’s all you are good for.Recommend

  • MR.X

    youre high or something and still did not understand my first reply. Good luck in understanding it or better manipulating what i said. Take careRecommend

  • farhan

    You sound stupid.. You did not understand..just trying to satisfy your ego because it looks like you lost the argument..I think he must bruised it,Recommend

  • Farukh

    mysogynist. don’t ruin this article with your negativity… brother…Recommend

  • Ammar Naseer

    I don’t think it’s un-Islamic as much as it’s anti-orthodoxy and pro-life and pro-love and pro-therapy. Some people who are unable to think through the issues the show touches might be offended but I actually found it too Islamic in a few scenes. Watch it and decide yourself. ARY has it up on their ARYDigital youtube channel. Recommend

  • liberal-lubna-fromLahore

    i dont get it.

    u CANNOT tell if your baby is going to be a transgender at BIRTH.
    Its ridiculous.

    If this drama aired in the WEST, theyd be laughing at our stupid mentality.Recommend