Rashid Farooqi’s character of Malik continues to grow stronger and important in the story of “Ab Dekh Khuda Kia Karta Hai”. Sadly, he turns out to be the one paying for Jaan-e-Alam’s sins. Malik’s wife abandons him and after a few days, he receives the news of her death and of her burial as well, resulting in his becoming a single-parent who has to take care of his daughter all alone. Realizing that these are but punishments for what he had been doing for Jaan-e-Alam, Malik decides to help Maryam and her mother and instead of taking Maryam to the minister once again, shows sympathy towards them and plans a move to disclose Jaan-e-Alam’s acts. He suggests that Marryam and her mother should go to Jaan-e-Alam’s house in Karachi and amidst the function of his sister’s engagement, reveal his real personality in front of his relatives. This they do and while the engagement is taking place, enter in the function and start showing Jaan-e-Alam’s pictures with Noor-us-Sabah to the relatives, creating a panic and a call for the dismissal of the function. It is at this call that Jaan-e-Alam turns around to see the problem and the episode comes to an end.
A very interesting situation has been set for the very start of the next episode. This episode told how being cruel to others comes back to you in one way or the other. We do think that Jaan-e-Alam should have been the first person to face a punishment, but Malik being the first one tells that any sort of involvement in an act of brutality is a sin. Malik was being ordered to do all this, but being a human, a husband and a father, he did have the mind and situations to analyse his actions and to decide if he is wrong. But the good thing is that Malik has learnt his mistake and is making up for it by helping Maryam out. Rashid Farooqi’s acting, however, seemed lacking in the scene in which he is told about his wife’s death. Considering that he received two sad news, that of the death and of the burial, his expressions and reactions could have been more intense but there was a lack of that intensity one looks forward to in scenes of death.
The look of “Ab Dekh Khuda Kia Karta” is very fine and bright. The decoration for the engagement was beautiful and a fine depiction of Jaan-e-Alam’s family’s good financial status. The dressing, the lighting and the aura created was well-done. A good direction was also proven by the fact that in a function of a rich family, the two poor women arrive in very simple clothes and with miserable expressions, depicting a fine difference between the class, between the concerns and between the experiences the families are going through.
It was an interesting episode on the whole with a lot of messages to imbibe and a lot of scenes to look forward to.