Is it really time to add fortune-teller to the list of screenwriter Khalilur Rehman Qamar’s many talents? Some Pakistani social media users think so. A recent clip from Qamar’s popular drama serial Tau Dil Ka Kya Hua surfaced on Instagram and fans are claiming it may have predicted Melinda and Bill Gates’ much-talked-about divorce.
The Billionaire benefactors and co-founders of one of the world’s largest private charity foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, filed for divorce earlier this week after 27 years of marriage. The duo asserted their legal union was "irretrievably broken," but they had reached an agreement on how to divide their marital assets. However, no details of the accord were disclosed in the petition of the dissolution of their marriage.
A clip from Khalil’s Tau Dil Ka Kya Hua starring Ayeza Khan and Sami Khan in lead roles, has taken on a rather Simpson-esque afterlife. The short video from the TV serial follows a conversation in which Hajra Khan’s character speaks to Ayeza’s character about unfaithful women. She talks about how when a man has a loyal wife, even poverty feels likes an abundance of riches. “Even when a man’s pocket is empty, he’ll put his wife’s loyalty in his pocket and say ‘I am the richest man’,” reads the dialogue.
Hajra’s character goes on to add, “I swear upon you, if Bill Gates’ wife was to run away with someone else, it’ll seem as though he is the poorest man in the world.” While Melinda and Bill did not cite unfaithfulness as a reason for their split, several fans are convinced the video offered a prediction. A commenter, convinced of Qamar’s prophetic powers (not exactly in a good way), said, “What else can you expect from kaali nazar aur kaalay qalam wala Khalilur Rehman Qamar (Bad vibes and bad words).” Other viewers did not buy it either, with one adding a comment under the video saying, “Oh please, that’s not the Simpsons show.” Another called out the unfair allegation towards Melinda, sharing, “‘Kisi ke saath bhaag jaaye’ – that’s not the reason behind every divorce. Taaliyan inki soch pe (What kind of thinking is this? Running away is the not reason for every divorce).”