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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 24 (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 – Episode 24 started off timid but ended on a high note. There was some high level of drama throughout its runtime but in terms of quality, the episode was a complete mixed bag. The Shaan/ Maya storyline moved along nicely but some character’s decision making (which I will elaborate in the low points section) is questionable to say the least. But overall, it was a somewhat entertaining hour of television.

ii – The fake assault on Tabriaz by unknown “goons” was a perfect setup/ alibi by Tabriaz to find his way into Shaan’s home and ultimately, his wealth. Although it’s a temporary solution, it was nonetheless smart writing by Zanjabeel Asim. Fraud may have its own set of mishaps, poor writing etc but when it comes to Tabriaz and his hustle towards the good life, the writing and performances have been excellent and undoubtedly carries the whole show forward. 

iii – And now for the crème de la crème of the episode; the confrontation between the mother in law and Tabriaz. Living on lies and deception her whole life, Asma Abbas as the mother in law plays the devil’s game as she recognizes Tabriaz for who he really is; a con artist. This was a fantastic and memorable scene from the episode and opened a whole new scenario of opportunity for the show. A strong ending to a somewhat mediocre episode.

+ Low Points

i – With all due respect, is Nisar sahib really that short sighted? Will he once again roll the dice on his daughter’s fate by agreeing to hide Maya’s past from her future husband? Did he learn absolutely nothing from his two life shattering experiences? Yes, he is desperate to see his daughter have a new home but no, this cannot be. Unless Nisar sahib has completely lost his marbles, this makes no sense. 

ii – The conclusion to the episode was great but one line of dialogue left me a bit perplexed. After the whole conversation of the mother in law understanding Tabriaz’s true motives, she ends up asking him “How is the situation moving along with the legal case regarding his family’s house?”. Was that supposed to be a sarcastic question? If not then how in the world can she still believe all the hogwash? 

+ Overall

A mixed bag of lethargic moments, accompanied by great storyline opportunities, Fraud still has some flair up its sleeves.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 23 (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 – The plot thickens further. I like the way the show is building tension (and eventual collision) between the two parallel storylines of Maya and Tabriaz. Building a connection through props like the gold bracelet I feel is clever writing. Now the seed has been planted in Maya’s mind, the payoff will eventually follow soon.

ii – Although I was not interested in exploring Tabriaz’s background in the beginning, the show has somewhat warmed me up to it a lot more now. The broken, desperate relationship that Tabriaz has with his parents speaks a lot about his actions as an adult. At times, it is undeniably sad how he keeps justifying his actions by repeatedly reminding himself that it is for the good of the future for his parents when in truth, it is solely for himself. The dialogue back and forth between Tabriaz and his mother was also a powerful and telling one as she seems utterly perplexed what lies and misdemeanors has he involved himself into.

iii – This was one of the few episodes where Ahsan Khan seems impressive with his performance. My theory is that Ahsan Khan plays the part of a “desperate” man more convincingly than a suave, swindling one. There were numerous scenes where his performance shined through and held the scenes up on their own.

+ Low Points

i – It still makes no sense to me why the destruction of Maila’s life was necessary for the plot to continue. Not only that but they doubled down on last week’s farce with Talaal’s mother as to how she forcefully rejected Maila from her family for the “good” of “her” future. What kind of twisted logic is this? The Nisar family had already suffered enough, so why turn it into a complete farce? 

ii – Any scene now involving Maila seems very tedious and unnecessary to me. First, the audience had to go through the healing process of Maya and now it’s her sister. What is the point of all this? These scenes only dragged the episode and brought nothing new to the table.

+ Overall

A much needed improvement from the previous week, Fraud is now heading once again into the right direction but with somewhat questionable events.

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 22 (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 – It’s somewhat satisfying to see Tabriaz squirm in desperation as he has to lie a million ways to reach his destination aka marry a rich girl and live a life of luxury. 

+ Low Points

i – This week’s episode was an unfortunate exploitation of the viewer’s sentiments towards tragic events in life. And no work of fiction should ever take advantage of their audience’s personal dark events. But Fraud did the exact same thing without restraints in this episode. They milked every amount of despair, hopelessness that they could from Maila’s tragedy. Filled with long, mourning scenes that went a lot longer than they should have, the show used every cheap tactic available in order to make the viewers shed some tears along the way. Regardless if the scenes were realistic enough or not, it was all in poor taste with no real thought process behind it. Did the Nisar family really need YET ANOTHER tragic episode in their lives? Yes, Nisar was, in the beginning, greedy towards a financially secure future for his daughter Maya but geez… this really takes the cake!

What purpose can Talaal’s death serve to the plot of the show? The endless number of tragedies are becoming a tad bit ridiculous now.  All this could have been conveyed in a classy, silent manner through silent scenes, accompanied by a touch of music in the background but apparently, the showrunners do not know the meaning of the word subtlety!

ii – And accompanying this barrage of overtly melodramatic scenes, comes a complete senseless one. Apparently Talaal’s mother threw a fit towards her daughter in law Maila, proclaiming her to be the indirect murderer of her son. Later on, it was revealed to be all a work! Why you may ask? Because that was (apparently) the only way she could have forced Maila to move on with her life, not worrying the fact that accusing her of murder might force her to commit suicide instead. What kind of logic is this show using here? That sometimes false guilt and accusations can motivate you in life? And to top it all off, the sisters of Talaal praise their mother for such a brilliant stroke of genius! Such a generous heart she has… logic died a thousand deaths in this week’s episode people! 

iii – This show has yet again gone back to its desperation roots. Trying its hardest to make their viewers feel something. But as the show’s name suggests, it is all but farce. The overreliance on death and deeply emotional scenes suggests instead the lack of creativity the writer has for this show to continue.

+ Overall

An emotionally exploitative episode which strongly suggests that Fraud lacks originality to garner emotional response from its viewers. 

Rate: out of 5 stars 

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

A review on Pakistani drama TV series, Fraud Episode 21 (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 – The episode had numerous highs and lows, mainly in the sense of drama and storytelling. The first half was dedicated to Shaan, his family and of course Tabriaz weaseling his way into their wealth and stature. The second half was dedicated to Maila and her family. Both subplots complimented each other well and had a natural flow to its storytelling. 

ii – The scenes involving Shaan and his family were very well crafted. The dialogue was sharply written accompanied by engaging drama between Shaan and his devious step mother and sister. Sooner or later, he will unravel the truth hidden behind the motivations of his immediate family. The episode also shed some light towards Tabriaz and the marriage of his sister. The level of intrigue of the viewers will certainly peak once Tabriaz passes the test and he is invited to their family. 

iii – The carjacking scene and the critical gunshot wound was wonderfully displayed by the show. The scene was intense and as someone who has been carjacked, it all felt very real. The critical condition of Talaal has created a new tragic reality for the Nisar family and I am curious where the show will go from here. Also, Rabia Kulsoom’s performance was wonderful.

+ Low Points

i – Although the carjacking scene and the storytelling leading up to it was brilliantly executed, it also felt extremely exploitative how much this show was milking the tragic situation. Also, I do not believe that any relative of the patient is allowed to physically interact with the patient during the first 24 hours. The dark, dramatic lighting, the melodramatic atmosphere took me as a viewer far away from the realistic carjacking scene which preceded it. Fraud needs to make up its mind if it wants to follow realism or cliche melodrama, you can’t have both. In addition, I hope this scene has a sense of purpose for the overall plot and not used as a shock factor for the episode.

ii – So… whatever happened to Nisar’s sister? Is she still alive? I thought she was in a critical condition in the last episode but no mention this week. And also, whatever happened to Tabriaz’s “gang of mischiefs”? Will they ever return in the finale of the show?

+ Overall

An episode full of dramatic twists and turns, Fraud is slowly returning back to its entertaining roots. 

Rate: out of 5 stars