A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 10 (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 10 covered the aftermath of the previous week and while nothing spectacular, it was still an entertaining hour of television with great performances all around. I like the fact that we get to see repercussions of Nael’s selfish act from last week as he is forced to witness Nasir descend into sudden madness. Did Nael really loved Maya or was it all about his ego at the end?
ii – Mehmood Aslam just dominates each scene that he is a part of. Bear in mind, this is not an easy character to pull off. Nisar is a genuinely kind hearted person and wears his heart on his sleeve for the most part but greed for a better future for his daughter got the better of him. In episode 10, Mehmood Aslam got to flex more of his acting chops but never went into the silliness territory. Nisar is by far, the best and most interesting character Fraud has in its wide cast of characters.
iii – The hospital visit scene was wild in the best possible way. Nisar has probably descended into the point of no return and the production crew did a brilliant job in elevating that scene with great camera work and production design.
+ Low Points
i – Episode 10 was not without its flaws. The story of Shaan and his past married life feels so out of place with the rest of the show. The subplot with Shaan’s ex wife willingly leaving her daughter behind feels forced and unnecessary. Everything about this subplot since the first episode just doesn’t work. The acting is bad, the dialogues feel hokey and worst of all, it is clearly not on the level that the show’s main plot is. I also find it tad ridiculous that Shaan just allows his ex wife to dictate the terms of their child’s arrangement.
So the ex wife is willingly leaving her daughter at Shaan’s place to improve the relationship with her new husband. But at the same time, she will call her daughter once a week and visit her once a year. And Shaan just accepts all of this? Why?? He can easily tell her off that once she is leaving her daughter, that is the end. You cannot just drop off the child and visit her whenever you like. If he agrees to all this then Shaan is an even bigger idiot than I thought he was. It’s ridiculous writing like this that makes this subplot so weak in comparison to the rest of the show.
ii – The episode also felt a bit too exposition heavy and could have really benefited from lesser dialogue heavy moments (particularly the Nael and his mother scene). I genuinely feel that the performances and the images are strong enough not to warrant heavy explanations of how our protagonists are feeling.
Episode 10 has nothing new to offer but strong performances all around makes it an entertaining hour watch.
Rate: out of 5 stars