A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 6 (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 – Although nowhere near as eventful as the previous episode, the creative team still did a great job in presenting the aftermath. The Nisar family seems utterly destroyed by now (morally and financially). They are now seen licking their wounds and scraping by with whatever help they can get. The past moments are set on repetition as Maya still has hard time contemplating these recent series of events. For the most part, the show has presented a pretty accurate portrayal of how the situation would play out in the real world and hope they keep it this way.
ii – Saba Qamar’s performance was exceptional in this episode. And it is not due to her emotional bursts but rather, her genuine emotions hidden behind her line of dialogues. Maya has been a victim of an evil act, her body and soul have been abused for financial gain and there is absolutely nothing she can do about it. I’m curious to see where her character will end up now but hopefully, this recent occurrence has smarted up now when it comes to blind trust in others.
iii – I also appreciated the scene where Maya’s sister told off her neighbors and relatives as their “sympathy” was nothing more than a disguised gossip update. Sadly, this factor is incredibly prevalent in most societies in the world (especially South Asian). I’m glad that the show had the guts to address it.
+ Low Points
i – I have genuinely zero interest in Shaan’s subplot. Although it is obviously going to play a major role in Maya’s current situation, everything about this subplot has been a total misfire. From acting to writing, nothing feels authentic or natural about it. This subplot almost feels like a different show compared to the main plot. I can’t help but admit that whenever this subplot is on, my mind automatically wanders off to what daily chores I have to accomplish that day and It’s still more entertaining than this.
ii – Fraud needs to tone down on the dramatic music as it doesn’t help the show in any way. When you have good writing and performances accompanying you, let them play out more. Instead of building more emotion through overbearing music, it only ends up detracting genuine emotion from the scene.
Not as eventful but still an entertaining episode with great performances all-around.
Rate: out of 5 stars