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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 28 (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 – I’ve struggled a bit to find a “high point” of the episode but miraculously, there is one. The relationship between Maya and Shaan versus Tabriaz and Tooba. One can see the first one now blossoming, growing in confidence with one another while the latter is solely based on manipulation. And as a viewer, it’s fun to see the contrast of the two. 

+ Low Points

i – Fraud has become incredibly depressing (and I just don’t mean the storyline). From the first scene till the last, the episode portrayed death and malicious beings who just want to ruin others for their own personal gain. Perhaps a little ray of light here and there would be nice? Just to recap; we have the death of Nisar’s sister, Maya’s hidden past, Maila’s tragic loss of her husband, Tabriaz and his dying father… need I say more? The show desperately needs balance of sorts.

ii – I still cannot conceive the fact why the show wanted to prolong the Nisar’s sister subplot. Oddly enough, we did not even get to see her in these last few episodes and now, she is gone. Why was all of this necessary? Their subplot ended months ago. Nisar forgave them both. Nael and his mother outlived their usefulness and have no place in the show anymore.

iii –  So a couple of episodes ago, Shaan’s mother confronted Tabriaz and his devious plan of taking over the family wealth. He even got her blessing of sorts! And since then, nothing has been mentioned of this. Tabriaz is given full confidence and liberty to enter family business and work side by side with Shaan. Apparently this subplot has been completely forgotten by the showrunners. Why? This could have been such a pivotal moment in the show as mother and son in Law work together to take over the family fortune and at the same time (perhaps) see who is the first one to betray the other. Unfortunately, we are continuously running around in circles where Tabriaz is trying to convince everyone how untrustworthy Maya is. This show needs to end soon. 

+ Overall

The show is growing irrelevant with each passing episode. 

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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