A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 27 (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 – There seems to be some amount of irony in the back and forth between Maya and Shaan. They both have had difficult relationships in the past and have clearly become cold and distant towards any sort of intimacy. There are mostly bitter moments but once in a while, a sweeter one also slips in between them, leaving an impression that perhaps Maya and Shaan are not so different from one another after all.
+ Low Points
i – The show has rapidly become such a disappointment. It seems to have outlived its expiry date. The plot is forcefully being stretched to squeeze in a couple or so more episodes to artificially prolong its lifespan. Case in point, the Maya/ Tabriaz situation. This should have been the show’s big hurrah, the ultimate climactic moment where all the threads were to be undone and Tabriaz would finally be exposed for the fraud that he really is. But instead, Maya chooses silence for some reason. Not even tell her sister or her parents. Oh for God’s sake, why!? The show already created a flimsy reason for Shaan (her husband) not to find out because he is apparently unaware of Maya’s past. How can she even stand being with Tabriaz in the same house? It is beyond ridiculous at this point and it’s clearly hurting the credibility of this show.
ii – The subplot of Nisar and his sister was somewhat resolved in the last few episodes. Nisar finally forgave her and his nephew for the marriage debacle. So why are we still going back to it? This show genuinely seems to be creatively bankrupt and they keep going back to the old village well for fresh water.
iii – Even if one ignores the lackluster storytelling, Fraud as a show has been working on ‘auto pilot’ since the past few weeks. Episode 27 was just another hour filled with a barrage of dramatic lies and blackmails that are never going to go anywhere. Since it has become obvious that the plot has nothing new to offer, Fraud needs to end soon.
Repetitive, lackluster storytelling indicates the fact that this show has outlived its expiry date and needs to be put to sleep soon.
Rate: out of 5 stars