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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 30 (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 – At least throughout this whole ordeal, the core character of Tabriaz has always remained the same. Due to his troubled childhood, he can’t distinguish between hatching a scheme and earning something out of trust/ goodwill. One could almost pity his character as he has nothing really left going for him. Just broken bonds and lack of a coherent future.

+ Low Points

i – A disappointing episode to say the least. With the steady decline in quality for the show, it could not even capitalize on last week’s major cliffhanger. Tabriaz has yet again found another ingenious plan to gather the funds for his father’s life threatening operation and at the same time, get back at Maya. Even though it is evidently clear that the show should be ending by now, the writers have doubled down on their storyline and are going to continue beating a dead horse.  

ii – Recycling storylines within the same show! What a novel idea. Due to the well-being of Maila and recovering from her haunting past, Nael has now decided to ask for the other sister’s hand in marriage. And as expected, Nisar sahib is convinced that to be a great idea. Fraud does not have anything original to offer anymore. All the creative storytelling was utilized in the first 10 episodes and the show was never the same thereafter. 

iii –  Speaking of gullible characters, Shaan’s mother is now ready to give Tabriaz another chance to clear himself (and keep her wealth snatching secret in return). Now he has been somewhat welcomed back into the family. Apparently common sense has no place in the world of Fraud.

+ Overall

Just when you thought that the story of Fraud is finally coming to a close, it finds new ways to keep beating a dead horse.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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Mr. Khan’s Review on Meri Shehzadi – Episode X (2022)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 10 (2022). The new TV series is directed by Qasim Ali Mureed and written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah. Meri Shehzadi is a story of a girl with a tragic past but is destined to become Royalty. Can she handle the responsibilities that come with it? Meri Shehzadi is an MD Productions and HUM TV Production.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Qasim Ali Mureed
  • Written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah
  • Produced by Momina Duraid 
  • Production by MD Productions

+ Note

The story of Meri Shehzadi is inspired by the real life story of the late Princess Diana from the United Kingdom. The show explores the expectations that corrupts the innocent and discourages empathy towards the common man.

 + Main Cast

  1. Urwa Hocane as Dania
  2. Ali Rehman as Shehroz
  3. Sabeen Farooq as Bisma
  4. Muazzam Ali Khan
  5. Sonia Mishal
  6. Najiba Faiz
  7. Atiqa Odho
  8. Shabbir Jan
  9. Nauman Maqsood
  10. Qavi Khan as Dania’s Nana
  11. Shamim Hilaly as Dania’s Nani

+ Plot

Raised by her loving Grandparents, Dania is born in a royal family who is destined for greatness in life. After meeting her future husband and entering the political monarchy of Pakistan, Dania must face the trials and tribulations that come along with the life of royalty.

+ High Points

i – The episode started off slow and overly melodramatic but with time, the plot got more engaging and ended on a high note. The scandalous storyline of Shehroz has dire consequences on the family and his political career. The rumors have spread so wide amongst the general public that some shocking decisions need to be made namely Shehrorz out of the contention for a Chief Minister nomination. Episode 10 was clearly divided into two parts; the first dealt with Dania and her ‘betrayal’ towards her grandfather. The other dealt with Shehroz’s political career in jeopardy. Overall, it was an engaging hour of television.

ii – I did particularly enjoy the mental breakdown of Shehroz as his heartbreak went beyond love and career. It was also a great insight from the show how important Cam has been to Shehroz and perhaps, the love that he possesses for her can never be comparable to Dania’s. Dania is an anomaly in all this. She will always remain the ‘outsider’ as she has only served as a pawn in the political game of Shehroz and his family. The next few episodes will be fairly interesting considering the party has now decided to take a different stance as to who will serve as the ‘face’ of their political future.

+ Low Points

i – An intriguing episode all around but the lack of depth in some vital performances was very evident throughout its runtime. Some scenes had fantastic writing but the performances by the main actors such as Urwa Hocane or Ali Rehman did not feel powerful enough to elevate the scenes to even greater levels of success. The dialogue delivery was a tad bit monotone or not in the same tone as was the requirement of the scene.

ii – The writing scenes of Dania’s Nana feel somewhat flat and unnecessary. Personally I do not feel that his inner thoughts contribute much to the overall plot of Meri Shehzadi. I do believe that internal monologues of Dania on the other hand, could provide a whole lot more to the narrative of the show. 

+ Overall

Since the past couple of episodes, Meri Shehzadi has been consistently engaging and an intense hour of political melodrama.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 29 (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 – Well, the cat is finally out of the bag. Tabriaz is revealed to be the fraudulent husband that he is (and it’s really about damn time!). While nothing spectacular, the reveal was undoubtedly a highlight moment for the show. And as a viewer, I am glad that this “lie” did not evolve in favor of Tabriaz yet again but rather unraveled the whole scheme once and for all. 

+ Low Points

i – Even with its revelation at the end, the show feels like it should have ended at least three episodes ago. This could be the reason why the climax felt a bit flat. Episode 29 just dwindles between Maila’s past haunting experience to Tabriaz trying to convince his ‘In Laws’ why Maya could have ulterior motives of getting her hands on her husband’s wealth. While not terrible subplots, they have long served their purpose to the show and don’t add much excitement to it anymore.

ii – Nael proposing for yet another marriage to the other sister… I can’t even begin to understand why Nisar sahib would even trust him with such a task at hand anymore. Well, considering how gullible Nisar sahib is, he might as well. After all, he agreed to hush Maya into not mentioning her past to her newly wedded husband.

iii –  Up till now, the Maila tragedy has served absolutely no purpose to the plot. Why did her husband die? Why did the show pile upon yet another tragedy to the Nisar family? Maila can hardly be classified as a character but rather a mysterious plot device that never came to fruition.

+ Overall

Even with its climatic end to the episode, Fraud is a shadow of its former self.

Rate: out of 5 stars

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Mr. Khan’s Review on Meri Shehzadi – Episode IX (2022)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 9 (2022). The new TV series is directed by Qasim Ali Mureed and written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah. Meri Shehzadi is a story of a girl with a tragic past but is destined to become Royalty. Can she handle the responsibilities that come with it? Meri Shehzadi is an MD Productions and HUM TV Production.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Qasim Ali Mureed
  • Written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah
  • Produced by Momina Duraid 
  • Production by MD Productions

+ Note

The story of Meri Shehzadi is inspired by the real life story of the late Princess Diana from the United Kingdom. The show explores the expectations that corrupts the innocent and discourages empathy towards the common man.

 + Main Cast

  1. Urwa Hocane as Dania
  2. Ali Rehman as Shehroz
  3. Sabeen Farooq as Bisma
  4. Muazzam Ali Khan
  5. Sonia Mishal
  6. Najiba Faiz
  7. Atiqa Odho
  8. Shabbir Jan
  9. Nauman Maqsood
  10. Qavi Khan as Dania’s Nana
  11. Shamim Hilaly as Dania’s Nani

+ Plot

Raised by her loving Grandparents, Dania is born in a royal family who is destined for greatness in life. After meeting her future husband and entering the political monarchy of Pakistan, Dania must face the trials and tribulations that come along with the life of royalty.

+ High Points

i – Meri Shehzadi portrays politics to perfection. Not only on a regional level but also within the walls of the Shehroz family. Throughout the first half of the episode, Shehroz tried his level best to convince Dania’s grandfather of his innocence. The lies portrayed by the media and the horrid, estranged wife of his; they are all in cahoots just to betray Shehroz’s confidence towards his voters. Nobody ever comes out of political life unscathed and Sheroz also has to play the ‘game’ of lies and manipulation of the innocent in order to stay in power. And by the end of the episode, Dania’s Nana learns that lesson the hard way.

ii – And with that, Episode 9 was categorically dedicated to Qavi Khan as Dania’s Nana. We, as an audience, went along with his journey of being lied to, manipulated in front of the global media and then finally coming across self realization of why the corrupt always abuse the blind. It was tragic for Dania’s grandfather to finally realize that by constant lies and misdemeanors, Dania has in fact become one of them. The innocent grandchild of his has perhaps been forever engulfed in the world of eternal politics and high class stature. 

+ Low Points

i – Dania is essentially the contrast of Shehroz. Unlike her husband, Dania wants to see the good in others and can never exploit them for her own personal gain. Unfortunately that portrayal of character seems incredibly muddled if one judges based on the conversation they had in the car. So as the story goes, Dania secretly caught her college friend taking cash out of her purse. In order to not make her feel guilty or uncomfortable with this act, Dania purposely let the act occur as planned because she did not want to make anyone feel bad about themselves and their flaws should always be hidden “behind a curtain”. And… this story makes no sense. What lesson did her friend learn from this? Absolutely nothing. She was committing a crime and never got caught for it so her friend learned absolutely nothing from all this and probably will try to do so again. And most likely will get caught by someone who would not be as kind as Dania is!

From my understanding, Meri Shehzadi wants to portray Dania as an open hearted person who wants to see the best in others. Nothing wrong with that but there is a fine line between being a people’s person and being naive. According to the story, Dania could have interrupted her friend during the act, given her the money and told her that next time if she ever needs extra money, all she has to do is ask. That would have been a perfect lesson for her friend; honesty is indeed the best approach.

ii – Almost every episode has too many internal monologues and other time wasting techniques just to lengthen the life of the show. There are also a couple scenes which are generally very identical in their content and dialogues. 

+ Overall

In the past few weeks, Meri Shehzadi has improved its content and pacing. Let’s hope this trend continues.

Rate: out of 5 stars

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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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Mr. Khan’s Review on Meri Shehzadi – Episode VIII (2022)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 8 (2022). The new TV series is directed by Qasim Ali Mureed and written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah. Meri Shehzadi is a story of a girl with a tragic past but is destined to become Royalty. Can she handle the responsibilities that come with it? Meri Shehzadi is an MD Productions and HUM TV Production.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Qasim Ali Mureed
  • Written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah
  • Produced by Momina Duraid 
  • Production by MD Productions

+ Note

The story of Meri Shehzadi is inspired by the real life story of the late Princess Diana from the United Kingdom. The show explores the expectations that corrupts the innocent and discourages empathy towards the common man.

 + Main Cast

  1. Urwa Hocane as Dania
  2. Ali Rehman as Shehroz
  3. Sabeen Farooq as Bisma
  4. Muazzam Ali Khan
  5. Sonia Mishal
  6. Najiba Faiz
  7. Atiqa Odho
  8. Shabbir Jan
  9. Nauman Maqsood
  10. Qavi Khan as Dania’s Nana
  11. Shamim Hilaly as Dania’s Nani

+ Plot

Raised by her loving Grandparents, Dania is born in a royal family who is destined for greatness in life. After meeting her future husband and entering the political monarchy of Pakistan, Dania must face the trials and tribulations that come along with the life of royalty.

+ High Points

i – Although Episode 8 was limited in its diversity regarding storytelling, it was still an entertaining hour of television. A new bombshell has presented itself into the lives of the Sheroz political family as Cam finally decided to reveal her secret marriage with Sheroz to the public. The rest of the episode then deals with the consequences of this act and it’s perfectly understandable why the episode did not want to introduce a separate subplot in the middle of the episode. The focus and attention was rightfully on this new development. It was a big moment for the show and I am glad that the creative team let it breathe a bit or let the characters of the show sink into the moment with the audience.

ii – It is intriguing to see how the “mother” of the Sheroz family is the actual puppet master behind the scenes. Sheroz might be the face in front of the press but it is actually his mother that dictates the terms behind the facade. This characterization brings a lot of depth not just to the plot but one of the main protagonists of the show; Sheroz himself. Such scenes shed a glimpse of light into Sheroz’s upbringing, his character and the curse that he has to live with. He is unwillingly trapped in this political game of power and dominance. Sheroz has no choice but to comply and with that, mistreat innocent bystanders like Dania and Cam.

+ Low Points

i – Even when I praise the potential behind Meri Shehzadi’s storytelling, the lack of better writing is still very noticeable. Poor dialogues spoken by ridiculously paper thin characters who feel more caricaturesque with each passing episode. Bad, evil characters speak ill of everyone around them while good ones are angels without visible wings. The show needs better writing to accommodate an arguably interesting storyline but unfortunately, the writing is a major letdown.

ii – So eight episodes in and already two characters have passed away. Was that really necessary? Such actions in script are usually taken in order to get an emotional reaction from its audience but here it’s not the case because we just didn’t get to really know them. I can understand Sheroz’s father passing away in terms of storytelling but the passing away of the grandmother has made no difference to the plot whatsoever. 

+ Overall

Meri Shehzadi needs better writing to accommodate an arguably interesting storyline.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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

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.

+ 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 – 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.

+ Overall

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 

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Mr. Khan’s Review on Meri Shehzadi – Episode VII (2022)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 7 (2022). The new TV series is directed by Qasim Ali Mureed and written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah. Meri Shehzadi is a story of a girl with a tragic past but is destined to become Royalty. Can she handle the responsibilities that come with it? Meri Shehzadi is an MD Productions and HUM TV Production.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Qasim Ali Mureed
  • Written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah
  • Produced by Momina Duraid 
  • Production by MD Productions

+ Note

The story of Meri Shehzadi is inspired by the real life story of the late Princess Diana from the United Kingdom. The show explores the expectations that corrupts the innocent and discourages empathy towards the common man.

 + Main Cast

  1. Urwa Hocane as Dania
  2. Ali Rehman as Shehroz
  3. Sabeen Farooq as Bisma
  4. Muazzam Ali Khan
  5. Sonia Mishal
  6. Najiba Faiz
  7. Atiqa Odho
  8. Shabbir Jan
  9. Nauman Maqsood
  10. Qavi Khan as Dania’s Nana
  11. Shamim Hilaly as Dania’s Nani

+ Plot

Raised by her loving Grandparents, Dania is born in a royal family who is destined for greatness in life. After meeting her future husband and entering the political monarchy of Pakistan, Dania must face the trials and tribulations that come along with the life of royalty.

+ High Points

i – When it comes to building up a character, I appreciate the show’s depiction of Dania’s father. As he sat next to his ex Mother in Law at her deathbed, he finally admitted that the memories of his late first wife haunted him which ultimately made him make a clean break with everything associated with her. Although the name of his late wife was hardly ever present on his lips, the memory of her will forever live strong within him. Sometimes, the show has portrayed Dania’s father as a soulless monster who exploits his daughter for political gain but one can truly see that he is somewhat forced into all this. It is sadly the nature of politics.

+ Low Points

i – The death scene of Dania’s grandmother was handled with much maturity… till it wasn’t. As the scene went on, it indulged further and further into overdramatic and frankly speaking, pretty insulting methods of getting a reaction from the viewer. It glorified the final moments of a person’s life with nonsensical overacting and terrible writing. Anyone who has witnessed a person on their deathbed would realize the absurdity of the scene and how the show milked every possible moment to get the viewer’s sympathy while at the same time, so far removed from reality.

ii – The scene involving Cam and her mother in law was ridiculous to say the least. The whole exchange of insults back and forth was just a great example of how bad the writing of Meri Shezadi is at times. This show likes to present its characters with such less depth that it’s almost a parody at this point. The Mother in Law is just there to play the part of an antagonist; every word she speaks oozes of malice and spite. She calls her son an idiot because he loves someone and does not utilize them as pawns for their political agenda. Yes, such people do exist but it is important to also make your antagonist feel real. Regardless of their outlook towards the world and society, they also have certain personalities hidden behind their facade. The antagonists in Meri Shehzadi feel incomplete and cartoonish in their depiction. And this brings the quality of the show down.

+ Overall

Overly dramatic with exploitative agendas, Meri Shehzadi desperately needs a new path of storytelling to make it interesting enough to tune in every week.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 26 (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 – Unfortunately I can’t defend this week’s episode too much. There were hardly any high points throughout its runtime but at least the episode was coherent, the storyline moved along nicely and there were some dramatic twists and turns.  

+ Low Points

i – Since the past few weeks, the quality of writing from Fraud has really gone the drain. It is absolutely clear that the show is being forcefully pushed on to milk every dramatic scenario from their premise. And hence, the show has become stagnated and lackluster. It clearly lacks the charm and intensity that the earlier episodes had. In short; the show has reached its boiling point and its time to take it off the stove. 

ii – So finally… FINALLY, Maya meets Tabriaz after their fraudulent marriage and…. It wasn’t epic or dramatic as one would have hoped for. For some odd reason, this meeting wasn’t even used as an episode cliffhanger! Isn’t that basic 101 soap opera storytelling? And even though Maya instantly recognizes Tabriaz, she quickly flees the scene and does not even discuss this either with her husband nor her family! Why are characters in Pak dramas so devoid of logic? This should have been the climax of the show, how long are they going to prolong this?

iii –  The chemistry between Shaan and Maya is non-existent. I still cannot fathom why they are even together. Yes, their respective parents practically forced them together but was the situation so desperate for Shaan to agree to this marriage? Was the situation so worrisome for Maya and her parents that they agreed to hide her past from her fiance? The scenes between Shaan and Maya lack any sort of dramatic tension and are just there to prolong the life of the show. 

+ Overall

It is high time that the show should reach its natural conclusion and not overstay its welcome.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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Mr. Khan’s Review on Meri Shehzadi – Episode VI (2022)

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Meri Shehzadi Episode 6 (2022). The new TV series is directed by Qasim Ali Mureed and written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah. Meri Shehzadi is a story of a girl with a tragic past but is destined to become Royalty. Can she handle the responsibilities that come with it? Meri Shehzadi is an MD Productions and HUM TV Production.

+ Crew

  • Directed by Qasim Ali Mureed
  • Written by Zanjbeel Asim Shah
  • Produced by Momina Duraid 
  • Production by MD Productions

+ Note

The story of Meri Shehzadi is inspired by the real life story of the late Princess Diana from the United Kingdom. The show explores the expectations that corrupts the innocent and discourages empathy towards the common man.

 + Main Cast

  1. Urwa Hocane as Dania
  2. Ali Rehman as Shehroz
  3. Sabeen Farooq as Bisma
  4. Muazzam Ali Khan
  5. Sonia Mishal
  6. Najiba Faiz
  7. Atiqa Odho
  8. Shabbir Jan
  9. Nauman Maqsood
  10. Qavi Khan as Dania’s Nana
  11. Shamim Hilaly as Dania’s Nani

+ Plot

Raised by her loving Grandparents, Dania is born in a royal family who is destined for greatness in life. After meeting her future husband and entering the political monarchy of Pakistan, Dania must face the trials and tribulations that come along with the life of royalty.

+ High Points

i – It’s fascinating how Sheroz is literally toying with both of his life partners and playing them against each other. For Cam, Dania is the culprit; the fraudulent wife who is only there as a public display for the press. On the other hand, Cam is the devil incarnate for Dania who is solely there to keep Sheroz’s affections away from her. There are some negative implications attached to this storyline but I have to admit, the psychological catfight does make for some engaging onscreen drama.

ii – I like the way the show has fleshed out Sheroz’s character. With the last couple of episodes, he has shown a lot of depth and emotions behind his actions. At times, he comes off as cold and unsympathetic but on the other, he kneels next to you and makes you emotionally comfortable with his sweet talk. And in both instances, you never can figure out which is the genuine Sheroz. Is he really trapped and forced to lead his political family or he just likes emotionally abusing people around him? It’s a great source of argument and that is what good writing should do.

+ Low Points

i – This show makes its two female protagonists weak in spirit. At least for Cam, it is understandable since she does not live in Pakistan and her marriage has been kept secret from the world but it’s disappointing to see Dania run after the double faced Sheroz like that. I hope that Dania grows out of this soon as all of this drama makes her look very gullible and a tad bit pitiful. And she should be neither of those. Dania should be above Sheroz’s lies and misdemeanors and live her life the way she imagines it. 

ii – A perplexing decision by the show to have two back to back episodes with the exact same premise; the tale of two wives. Could we at least have a ‘B story’ accompanying all this? With Sheroz’s background, there could be numerous side stories like political intrigue, power struggle and family drama; why is the show forcing us to just focus on the tension between the two wives? I hope we get to see a more diverse storyline in the next coming episodes as this could get old real fast.

iii – The “evil” characters of Meri Shezadi are really daunting and not in a good way. As I mentioned in my previous reviews, they all lack any sort of depth in their writing and are just portrayed as evil for the sake of it. At least Sheroz has been depicted a bit desperate and frustrated at times, the rest of the characters do not seem realistic in the slightest bit. 

+ Overall

A bit of a repetition from the previous week but Meri Shezadi has some strong redeeming factors to its unoriginal storyline.

Rate: out of 5 stars