Stories of women being body shamed, ridiculed and/or being tainted for their physical appearance have come about recently. A number of women have fallen prey to body shaming and celebrities the world forward have also come forward with their stories of being mocked for their appearance. Too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, stumpy, curvy, boney, lanky are just some of the words that have been used to describe women and it’s about time it comes to an end.
While a number of horrific stories have come forth from women who have experienced this misconduct, Pakistan writer Saji Gul took to social media to say that not only women, but men too have been victims of body shaming. Taking to Instagram, he shared a post in which he stated that “men are also victims of body shaming.” He agreed that women are subjected to being shamed for the way they look but went on to add that most men too are subjected to this misconduct at some point in their lives.
In an earlier interview with The Brown Identity, the O Rangreza writer explained that body shaming is most often associated with women. “Whenever we talk about body shaming, it is often associated with women. I myself have been body-shamed since childhood due to a birth defect in my right eye. I have faced it since I was young. There are a few educated people who never ask me about the problem I have been living with all my life but there are some who don’t think before talking and end up hurting you,” he said.
And now, the writer has once again taken to his Instagram and shared a video which he has titled “Lekin Mujhko Rona Nahin hai”. The IGTV video is a poem written by Saji Gul and in the video, actor Bilal Abbas Khan can be seen reciting the poem. The poem starts with its title as Bilal Abbas Khan sits at a desk and peers into a notebook to recite the poem. The poem then goes on to recall Saji’s childhood when he was bullied and other children made fun of his injury.
Throughout the video, the imagery keeps going back and forth to snippets from Bilal Abbas Khan’s drama, O Rangreza and all the different scenes in which he can be seen. The poem then goes on to read, “if I talk about my pain, my friends will make fun of me and laugh at me.” The video shows all the snippets and scenes in which Bilal Abbas Khan’s character in O Rangreza, Qasim, is crying and tearing up. The poetry goes on to talk about how his heart has turned to stone. “I am a man, but not a human,” he goes on to say.
The heartfelt poem continues on a sad note and ends with him once again reciting the title of the poem, “Lekin Mujhko Rona Nahin hai”. We love that the poem started and ended with its title and you can watch it here for yourself: