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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 24 (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 – Episode 24 started off timid but ended on a high note. There was some high level of drama throughout its runtime but in terms of quality, the episode was a complete mixed bag. The Shaan/ Maya storyline moved along nicely but some character’s decision making (which I will elaborate in the low points section) is questionable to say the least. But overall, it was a somewhat entertaining hour of television.

ii – The fake assault on Tabriaz by unknown “goons” was a perfect setup/ alibi by Tabriaz to find his way into Shaan’s home and ultimately, his wealth. Although it’s a temporary solution, it was nonetheless smart writing by Zanjabeel Asim. Fraud may have its own set of mishaps, poor writing etc but when it comes to Tabriaz and his hustle towards the good life, the writing and performances have been excellent and undoubtedly carries the whole show forward. 

iii – And now for the crème de la crème of the episode; the confrontation between the mother in law and Tabriaz. Living on lies and deception her whole life, Asma Abbas as the mother in law plays the devil’s game as she recognizes Tabriaz for who he really is; a con artist. This was a fantastic and memorable scene from the episode and opened a whole new scenario of opportunity for the show. A strong ending to a somewhat mediocre episode.

+ Low Points

i – With all due respect, is Nisar sahib really that short sighted? Will he once again roll the dice on his daughter’s fate by agreeing to hide Maya’s past from her future husband? Did he learn absolutely nothing from his two life shattering experiences? Yes, he is desperate to see his daughter have a new home but no, this cannot be. Unless Nisar sahib has completely lost his marbles, this makes no sense. 

ii – The conclusion to the episode was great but one line of dialogue left me a bit perplexed. After the whole conversation of the mother in law understanding Tabriaz’s true motives, she ends up asking him “How is the situation moving along with the legal case regarding his family’s house?”. Was that supposed to be a sarcastic question? If not then how in the world can she still believe all the hogwash? 

+ Overall

A mixed bag of lethargic moments, accompanied by great storyline opportunities, Fraud still has some flair up its sleeves.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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