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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 22 (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 – It’s somewhat satisfying to see Tabriaz squirm in desperation as he has to lie a million ways to reach his destination aka marry a rich girl and live a life of luxury. 

+ Low Points

i – This week’s episode was an unfortunate exploitation of the viewer’s sentiments towards tragic events in life. And no work of fiction should ever take advantage of their audience’s personal dark events. But Fraud did the exact same thing without restraints in this episode. They milked every amount of despair, hopelessness that they could from Maila’s tragedy. Filled with long, mourning scenes that went a lot longer than they should have, the show used every cheap tactic available in order to make the viewers shed some tears along the way. Regardless if the scenes were realistic enough or not, it was all in poor taste with no real thought process behind it. Did the Nisar family really need YET ANOTHER tragic episode in their lives? Yes, Nisar was, in the beginning, greedy towards a financially secure future for his daughter Maya but geez… this really takes the cake!

What purpose can Talaal’s death serve to the plot of the show? The endless number of tragedies are becoming a tad bit ridiculous now.  All this could have been conveyed in a classy, silent manner through silent scenes, accompanied by a touch of music in the background but apparently, the showrunners do not know the meaning of the word subtlety!

ii – And accompanying this barrage of overtly melodramatic scenes, comes a complete senseless one. Apparently Talaal’s mother threw a fit towards her daughter in law Maila, proclaiming her to be the indirect murderer of her son. Later on, it was revealed to be all a work! Why you may ask? Because that was (apparently) the only way she could have forced Maila to move on with her life, not worrying the fact that accusing her of murder might force her to commit suicide instead. What kind of logic is this show using here? That sometimes false guilt and accusations can motivate you in life? And to top it all off, the sisters of Talaal praise their mother for such a brilliant stroke of genius! Such a generous heart she has… logic died a thousand deaths in this week’s episode people! 

iii – This show has yet again gone back to its desperation roots. Trying its hardest to make their viewers feel something. But as the show’s name suggests, it is all but farce. The overreliance on death and deeply emotional scenes suggests instead the lack of creativity the writer has for this show to continue.

+ Overall

An emotionally exploitative episode which strongly suggests that Fraud lacks originality to garner emotional response from its viewers. 

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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