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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 25 (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 – Even though Tabriaz’s parents do not play a major part in the storyline, they still bring some sense of humanity to Tabriaz’s character. Perhaps a subtle explanation why Tabriaz ended up being the way that he is. It is indeed a clever way to shed some light into a character’s background without having an hour long exposition behind it.

+ Low Points

i – Episode 25 was pretty uneventful. Undoubtedly a filler episode for the show to complete its quota. We had Tabriaz’s fake court case failure which cemented his place in the Shaan family and speaking of Shaan, we had the (once again) forced marriage of Maya. And none of these storylines were even remotely interesting. There was no real storyline development and weaknesses of the writing of Fraud just became more apparent than ever. With a couple of good episodes beforehand, the show has unfortunately shifted back into its ‘zombie’ mode where the episode feels devoid of any sense of originality.

ii – How is it still possible that Maya and Tabriaz have not crossed paths!? This is beyond ridiculous now. They are both part of the same family now, living in the same city and perhaps the same location. The show is milking this catastrophe for all its worth but by now, the event seems more farcical than anything. Whenever Maya is at home, coincidentally Tabriaz is distracted with something else. A couple of episodes back, Maya was slightly suspicious of Tooba’s husband so why isn’t she eager to meet him? Did she not even look at her sister in law’s wedding pictures?? How is any of this logical!?

iii – Speaking of being devoid of logic, why did Maya agree to marry (yet again) under less than ideal pretenses? Is Nisar Sahib and his family greedy for punishment? Do they not realize by now that this could all end very badly for them once again? How did Maya even agree to this? As the show nears its final episode, the storyline makes less and less sense. Fraud started off with such fireworks and is now ending with such farcical storytelling. 

+ Overall

A filler episode which was devoid of any logical storytelling.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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