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Things on TV that I've had grievances with - Part IV
Kinnar reveal

What do you think is the problem with the scene?

This was the big reveal on 'Shakti' that deals with a very volatile subject, that of the kinnars. While the show makes a novel attempt to pick up the cause of the disadvantaged transvestite community for national television but it doesn't deliver much on the issues of social ostracizing, gender-role expectations and the greater question of awareness of the myriad overlapping profiles existing  under the umbrella term third gender. The episode showed how a Kinnar shortly after getting married realizes the gender truth about herself only when she's meant to consummate the marriage. While the badly put together subplots do nothing for the larger situation at hand, the very knowledge of her gender-reality was broken under extremely flimsy pretexts, the kind that diluted the gravity of the subject.

Does it happen in real life?

No. Newborns might have no indication of abnormality as far as external sexual organ is concerned but the delivering physician always makes it known to the parents about the anatomy. While growing up hormonal answers deliver for behavioral questions that a transgender individual might have and it's very suspicious that a person will never know of their sexual identity through puberty and after. Here however the mother breaks it to an erstwhile oblivious kinnar.

What is the larger character journey?

This I'm not sure of since I do not follow the show and a social media outrage compelled me to stream this particular episode.

How could we have done it better?

They should have touched upon the questions surfacing during the growing up years and the struggles a typecast social pariah has to face. Involving the parents through the trials and eventual submission is crucial and should have delivered a stronger opinion on the evils of gender-role stereotyping. 

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