Muneeb Butt sheds light on controversy of transgender and intersex depiction in 'Sar-e-Rah'

04:42 PM | 2 Mar, 2023
Muneeb Butt sheds light on controversy of transgender and intersex depiction in 'Sar-e-Rah'
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In Pakistan, male actors are often typecast into similar roles with a typical depiction of tall haircuts, finely shaped beards, and extravagant suits portraying the hyper-masculine hero who saves the damsel in distress. Due to this narrow portrayal, actors are limited in their performance and offered a restricted range of stories and scripts.

However, Muneeb Butt broke this mold by portraying the character of Sarang Shabbir, an intersex boy, in the limited series Sar e Rah. The series showcases the struggles and challenges faced by Sarang before becoming an Assistant Commissioner in Pakistan. This performance by Butt highlights the need for more diverse roles in the entertainment industry, allowing actors to showcase their talent and break free from stereotypical depictions.

A scene from the drama became viral when taken out of context, leading to a widespread discussion across several social media platforms. Maria B also expressed criticism towards the drama, as certain netizens accused the scene of promoting the transgender agenda in the country.

"Muneeb Butt clarified the situation during his guest appearance on The Kult podcast with Obaid Attique. The Baandi star stated that he is playing the role of an intersex character, known as "Khawaja Sira" in Urdu, and provided details on the character's journey, including the role of his father."

Additionally, he pointed out the difference between trans individuals, who choose to change their gender, and intersex individuals, who are born with their unique biological makeup, which is the category his character falls under. 

On the professional front, Butt was last seen in Mast Mohabbat, Made For China, Baddua, Wedding Virus, Yeh Na Thi Hamari Qismat and Mujhay Vida Kar. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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