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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 16 (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 – This week’s episode was undoubtedly an improvement from the previous five episodes. The narrative flowed flawlessly, never stagnated nor dragged on unnecessarily. There were some major developments in two of the three ongoing episodes and even though it was unintentionally comical at times, it was nonetheless very entertaining. The show has finally managed to bring in some life back into the plot and we finally are now going to witness a crossover between the two parallel stories.

ii – Speaking of intertwining the two stories, I genuinely like how they have managed to bring the two narratives together. Now, will they be able to make an engaging premise out of this? That still remains to be seen but push comes to shove, Ahsan Khan manages to carry the scenes almost single handedly. Granted, the script and dialogues were cheesy as hell but I can’t deny the entertainment factor that came along with it. 

iii –  I am glad that the show finally reveals the fact that the character of Shaan is nothing more than a grown up man child. Even though the show established earlier on to hate on his ex-wife, his character seems utterly clueless about what is happening around him. His mother, his sister and now his lover, they successfully mock him behind his back and he’s too naive to notice any of this. In short, Shaan has terrible judgment of character and this episode proves it.

+ Low Points

i – I may have enjoyed the episode but the dialogues were just too hard to digest. Especially during Tarbiaz (Sharjeel or whatever his name is) with his new pet project. And Naeema Butt’s stiff performance made the scenes even worse to watch.

ii – Unfortunately, I cannot care less about Maila and Talal’s relationship. The opening scene was not good and continued the trend of lackluster storyline. Luckily, the show picked up as soon as the storyline shifted towards Tabriaz and some rapid new developments in Shaan’s life. Maya and her father are not in the forefront of the plot anymore but rather relegated to the back burners of the plot. 

+ Overall

Finally, a welcome change in storyline for the show. 

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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