A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 19 (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 – Episode 19 felt like yet another run on the mill episode but there were some positives to it; namely focusing on Maya and moving forward from her tragic past. As the main protagonist of the show, Maya certainly deserves a lot more attention and we are finally witnessing scenes upon scenes dedicated to her character growth. We actually now get to witness Maya’s work, pouring her sorrows into her career as a fashion designer, perhaps finally realizing that marriage is not compulsory to make one lead a happy life. Yes, Maya will ultimately relent and get married but it is refreshing to see a woman in a Pakistani drama obsess about something else other than a life partner.
ii – Worlds collide as we get to see Shaan and Maya subplots intersecting with one another. And credit goes to its script writing which found a very natural way to bring these two stories together; Shaan’s mother wants a daughter in law who will behave and not ask too many questions and Maya is already doing just that as her employee. Smart writing.
+ Low Points
i – Now that we are nearing the end of the series, the audience is now being introduced to Tabriaz’s real past. The idea is noteworthy but it seems a little too late for that. Nineteen episodes down the line, we do not need to be introducing new characters to the show and I’m not sure if this garners any sympathy from the audience. The script should have introduced Tabriaz’s past about four or five episodes ago where the viewers might have had the chance to digest and feel sympathetic towards Tabriaz (if he deserves any).
ii – Episode 19 did not feel eventful like the previous two weeks. The pacing was a bit lethargic and the setups never had much of a spark to them. For example, Shaan’s mother asks Maya what her thoughts are on settling down. Naturally, Maya avoided answering honestly which led Shaan’s mother to directly call Maya’s father about it. First of all, this seems highly irregular and a textbook example of invasion of privacy but worse, it never really led to anything interesting. Granted, the next episodes will make Maya forcefully change her mind (due to her father’s wish) but they could have tackled the exact same setup if Maya and Shaan got to fall in love on their own. Both are heartbroken, disillusioned from the rest of the world, they are two peas in a pod. That would have been perfect.
Episode 19 does its job but never gathered any momentum to make it an entertaining hour of television.
Rate: out of 5 stars