This Stunning Song About The Hard Life Of Transgenders In Pakistan Will Give You Goosebumps

By Iman Zia | 23 Jul, 2017

Indie musician Jimmy Khan’s ‘Madam’ is an ode to one of the most marginalized communities in Pakistan – transgenders. The song tells the tale of two transgender best friends with a glimpse into a day in their lives. The music video is a far cry from your sugar-coated glitz and glamour. It radiates a vibrancy but is an oxymoronic facade. The upbeat look is a cloak to a darker, far more morbid undertone of an alienated pocket of society and their grappling with struggles.

 

Posters of Bollywood icons are plastered on the walls of a pink and blue room, with fairy lights draped around as we are introduced to the two protagonists

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They get dolled up before they begin their day

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As they take the streets both are immediately subjected to manhandling by two men

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Throughout, we see both protect each other as they are each subjected to prejudice.

Their resilience and fearlessness have both molded them into pillars who remain unfazed.

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A quick montage shows various altercations with people from all walks of life

Be it with a policeman, followed by a stroll in a local bazaar where both are scrutinized by a female shopper, transgender community lives their lives always on the defensive.

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Then an uncomfortable eye-up by an aged religious man perched outside the masjid,

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Both return home later that evening, and it is at this point we see one breaking. Some days are harder than others.

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And it’s even more profound when it’s just the two, battling a raging storm

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As one reminisces over an old photograph of her loved ones, consolation promptly arrives in the arms of her friend who warmly embraces her

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The message is clear – all that matters is to have someone by your side – someone who is your backbone in pressing times

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The day isn’t over – a mujra with overly-zealous guests exhausts both and here, too, they’re both severely manhandled

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It’s all very quick, but paints a hapless reality – respect for transgenders dwindles in a proliferating belittling society

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But they both depart after gathering ample money, because they still have to feed themselves

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Watch the brilliant video below

 

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