Ms. Marvel is the perfect soap to showcase Desi culture. It has a brown lead who we get to see navigate her roots while discovering her magical powers. The representation is on point with presenting mosques as places for people to come together, and spicy pani puri which is served in India and Pakistan both. In the 4th episode Kamala’s grandmother talks about how her roots belong to both India, and Pakistan. But, those roots can now not be traced due to the colonization that took place.
Unlike other superhero troops, She discovers her powers sans a tragedy; but her actual tragedy is the generational trauma she has been born into, because of the partition. Her powers unlock after she puts on a bracelet that is covered with cryptic Hindu words, and is associated with unlocking the actual Noor (meaning literal divine light in Urdu). The actual charm of the show is in the cultural details it has covered minutely.
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That was a given considering the series has been created by British -Canadian screenwriter and stand-up comic Bisha K. Ali and direction has been undertaken by Indian American filmmaker Meera Menon, Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Belgian-Moroccan duo Adil & Bilall. Shows such as Ms. Marvel and Bridgerton are important because they showcase lives that are not always straight white families, and hence, not relatable to all the viewers. Small details, like asking to wear the hulk kurta again so it does not get wasted, show the essence of India, which is not to waste resources and reuse everything.
Lastly, the music of the show which had everything from ‘Peechay Hutt,’ ‘Pasoori,’ to ‘Sage’ made us shake our legs to the musicals as well. From traditional classical, folk, and Sufi to bhangra music, hip hop and pop music; the show has seen an array of cultural mix already, making the fans swoon over its content.