A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 23 (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 – The plot thickens further. I like the way the show is building tension (and eventual collision) between the two parallel storylines of Maya and Tabriaz. Building a connection through props like the gold bracelet I feel is clever writing. Now the seed has been planted in Maya’s mind, the payoff will eventually follow soon.
ii – Although I was not interested in exploring Tabriaz’s background in the beginning, the show has somewhat warmed me up to it a lot more now. The broken, desperate relationship that Tabriaz has with his parents speaks a lot about his actions as an adult. At times, it is undeniably sad how he keeps justifying his actions by repeatedly reminding himself that it is for the good of the future for his parents when in truth, it is solely for himself. The dialogue back and forth between Tabriaz and his mother was also a powerful and telling one as she seems utterly perplexed what lies and misdemeanors has he involved himself into.
iii – This was one of the few episodes where Ahsan Khan seems impressive with his performance. My theory is that Ahsan Khan plays the part of a “desperate” man more convincingly than a suave, swindling one. There were numerous scenes where his performance shined through and held the scenes up on their own.
+ Low Points
i – It still makes no sense to me why the destruction of Maila’s life was necessary for the plot to continue. Not only that but they doubled down on last week’s farce with Talaal’s mother as to how she forcefully rejected Maila from her family for the “good” of “her” future. What kind of twisted logic is this? The Nisar family had already suffered enough, so why turn it into a complete farce?
ii – Any scene now involving Maila seems very tedious and unnecessary to me. First, the audience had to go through the healing process of Maya and now it’s her sister. What is the point of all this? These scenes only dragged the episode and brought nothing new to the table.
A much needed improvement from the previous week, Fraud is now heading once again into the right direction but with somewhat questionable events.
Rate: out of 5 stars