True heir to Bhutto’s dynasty: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Jr is an artist and much more


With all these self-made Bhuttos, claiming to be the heir to the Bhutto dynasty; do people wonder what became of the actual descendant of the Bhutto’s dynasty? Son of Mir Murtaza Ali Bhutto, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, is now a famous artist and much more than that.

Recently, a video of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Jr being interviewed have been seen floating around the internet in which he talks about his work, his drag performances, his life choices and his family.

The video starts with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto telling the interviewer that he is a South-Asian artist of mixed Pakistani and Lebanese heritage who works for a queer subject matter, being a queer Muslim himself.

He talks about how hard it is to perform as a queer Muslim and how he attracts his audience by presenting the serious issue more lightly and funnily to break the stereotypes. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto says that it interests the people to see a Muslim talking about real life issues that Muslim face or the myths that are going around related to their religion and beliefs.

Zulfikar said,  “There is this stereotype that the representative of religion or a nation has to be a strong man who is ridiculous.”

‘What for me is masculine is softness and gentleness,’ he told the interviewer. He told how he found a book that was written by Arnold Schwarzenegger which was translated into Urdu with all the images of Arnold depicted as masculine as ever, so Zulfikar Ali Bhutto replaced the strong muscle in those images with flowery patterns to promote his idea of masculinity.

He also talks about the violence he experienced as a child, watching his father and grandfather die, formed his personality. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto believes that all the identities are formed as a result of violence and are strengthen through war and bloodshed.

He talks about how other nations and religions tell Muslims why they are Muslims and how we should behave as Muslim. He believes he is making a difference by portraying a different side of Muslim community as a queer Muslim. His views, however, might not be supported and celebrated by many Muslims around the world.



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