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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 21 (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 episode had numerous highs and lows, mainly in the sense of drama and storytelling. The first half was dedicated to Shaan, his family and of course Tabriaz weaseling his way into their wealth and stature. The second half was dedicated to Maila and her family. Both subplots complimented each other well and had a natural flow to its storytelling. 

ii – The scenes involving Shaan and his family were very well crafted. The dialogue was sharply written accompanied by engaging drama between Shaan and his devious step mother and sister. Sooner or later, he will unravel the truth hidden behind the motivations of his immediate family. The episode also shed some light towards Tabriaz and the marriage of his sister. The level of intrigue of the viewers will certainly peak once Tabriaz passes the test and he is invited to their family. 

iii – The carjacking scene and the critical gunshot wound was wonderfully displayed by the show. The scene was intense and as someone who has been carjacked, it all felt very real. The critical condition of Talaal has created a new tragic reality for the Nisar family and I am curious where the show will go from here. Also, Rabia Kulsoom’s performance was wonderful.

+ Low Points

i – Although the carjacking scene and the storytelling leading up to it was brilliantly executed, it also felt extremely exploitative how much this show was milking the tragic situation. Also, I do not believe that any relative of the patient is allowed to physically interact with the patient during the first 24 hours. The dark, dramatic lighting, the melodramatic atmosphere took me as a viewer far away from the realistic carjacking scene which preceded it. Fraud needs to make up its mind if it wants to follow realism or cliche melodrama, you can’t have both. In addition, I hope this scene has a sense of purpose for the overall plot and not used as a shock factor for the episode.

ii – So… whatever happened to Nisar’s sister? Is she still alive? I thought she was in a critical condition in the last episode but no mention this week. And also, whatever happened to Tabriaz’s “gang of mischiefs”? Will they ever return in the finale of the show?

+ Overall

An episode full of dramatic twists and turns, Fraud is slowly returning back to its entertaining roots. 

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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