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Mr. Khan’s Review on Fraud – Episode XV (2022)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 15 (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.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Saqib Khan
  • Written by Zanjabeel Asim
  • Produced by Abdullah Seja 
  • Production by iDream Entertainment

+ Note

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

  1. Saba Qamar as Maya
  2. Ahsan Khan as Tabriaz
  3. Mikaal Zulfiqar as Shaan
  4. Rabia Kulsoom as Maila
  5. Adnan Samad Khan as Nael
  6. Mehmood Aslam as Nisar

+ Plot

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 – The best thing I can say about Episode 15 is that it wasn’t boring and was (admittedly) entertaining in a few places (whether intentional or not). And at least it’s nice to see the main cast still trying to give their best performances for the show.

+ Low Points

i – … they ruined the only good thing that was going for the show. The Tabriaz group of con artists have officially broken up (well, at least Tabriaz got kicked out) and I genuinely feel that this was way too early. The show should have let this play along for at least another con job as it is still a fresh and novel premise for Pak television. 

ii – This week’s source of drama in Maya’s life was that the mom wanted to keep her away from any wedding celebrations of her sister. Not only was this a ridiculous point of tension but seriously, who cares? The audience wants to see conflicts that have consequences to them. Thankfully this subplot was contained in a single episode and did not overstay its welcome. But that’s not all. Apparently Nisar is now forcefully retired from his job so… I guess that’s a problem now? Didn’t feel like it as the wedding went along as planned. Seems like this show is utterly desperate to make new conflicts and hurdles in order to keep the show interesting.

iii – This week continues Shaan and his new found love. Or in other words, the secretary is forcing her way into Shaan’s life by proclaiming that she will be the new step mother for his child (whether he likes it or not). And if that sounds ridiculous then you really need to hear the dialogues of the scenes mentioned above. The script is awful in every sense of the word (“A poor girl is always afraid of poverty”. What does that even mean??). I will be extremely surprised if this new secretary/ future wife doesn’t turn out to be a con artist herself as she will “fraud” her way into Shaan’s life and steal all of his monetary assets.

iv – In addition to the point mentioned above, the scene in the car was incredibly cringeworthy. But admittedly, I did laugh out loud.

+ Overall

Every week, it is becoming increasingly difficult to watch the show due to its massive decline in writing quality (ever since the big Fraud revelation to be precise). Seems like Fraud is proving itself to be a one trick pony.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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