A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 3 (2022). The new TV series is directed by Saqib Khan and written by Zanjabeel Asim. Fraud is a story of love, innocence and treachery as our protagonist is manipulated into marrying a forged personality. Fraud is an iDream Entertainment and ARY Digital Production.
- Directed by Saqib Khan
- Written by Zanjabeel Asim
- Produced by Abdullah Seja
- Production by iDream Entertainment
Fraud is a case study of Pakistani families who always strive for betterment of their children. Obsession with wealth and power almost always ends up leading to unfavorable consequences. The director Saqib Khan is known for his numerous television projects and his upcoming cinematic film Ghabrana Nahi Hai (2022).
+ Main Cast
- Saba Qamar as Maya
- Ahsan Khan as Tabriaz
- Mikaal Zulfiqar as Shaan
- Rabia Kulsoom as Maila
- Adnan Samad Khan as Nael
- Mehmood Aslam as Nisar
Fraud is a story of Maya whose father wants her to marry into the richest family that he could find. But wealth does not equal character as she ends up marrying a wealthy man named Tabriaz who, through his trickery, makes life for Maya full of deceit and fraud.
+ High Points
i – Episode 3, while displaying nothing new, was a competent one. No scene really stood out but nothing also felt out of place. Rishta gets settled, Maya gets married while Nael contemplates his life. It was a standard episode which promises to lead its viewers into the crux of the plot in the coming weeks.
ii – Good performances from all the main cast. Fraud Episode 3 had almost the right amount of story and melodrama to keep its viewers glued onto their screens for the next coming episodes. Mehmood Aslam and Adnan Samad Khan in particular were very enigmatic each scene that they were a part of. On one hand, we see Nisar’s (Maya’s father) guilt as he cannot even look into Nael’s eyes as he is forced to be part of his love’s marriage to someone else. I’m glad that Nisar wasn’t just reduced to “I’m the evil father who has a superiority complex”. He genuinely feels guilty of destroying his nephew’s wishes but at the same time, believes he made the right decision. But Nael is there, perhaps secretly waiting for all this to blow up in Nisar’s face once he comes to terms with who Maya’s newly wedded husband really is.
+ Low Points
i – Episode 3 was a necessary episode to move the plot along to bigger and more original storytelling but still, the writer could have really condensed the Rishta talk and marriage celebrations to a minimum as we have seen these scenes in practically every Pakistani drama by now. Focus more on characterization instead. How does Maya feel about all this? All we know is that she just approves everything her father does. Maybe she has to on surface level but what about behind the scenes, with her sister? I sincerely feel that there is so much underutilized potential that Fraud is wasting with scenes that can be glanced over with a montage or two.
ii – The subplot with Mikaal Zulfiqar as Shaan seems rather tacked on and uninteresting. Mainly due to the fact that the writing and performances are terrible. As a viewer, I have zero interest in indulging myself into this subplot but hopefully, this will all quickly transition into the main plot.
A standard episode. Nothing outstanding but nothing offensive at the same time. A good transitional episode to the main plot of the show.
Rate: out of 5 stars