‘Fraud Saiyaan’ Movie Review: A meaningless, annoying and misogynistic fest
Directed By: Sourabh Shrivastava
Produced By: Prakash Jha, Disha Jha, Kanishk Gangwal
Cast: Arshad Warsi, Flora Saini, Sara Loren, Sourabh Shukla, Nivedita Tiwari
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 1/5
One of the worst things about ‘Fraud Saiyaan’ is the inherent misogyny prevalent in the story. Rana Bhola Pratap Singh (Arshad Warsi) has many wives, and he gets exposed red-handed as well. Still, his wives do not disown him. He is the end all, be all for these women who cannot imagine a life without him. There are scenes where he forces himself on a widowed woman despite her clearly resisting his advances. Are the makers even serious? Are they living in the 21st century?
That aside, the script and the dialogues of the movie are equally outrageous. There’s one dialogue when Arshad Warsi doesn’t want to make love to his wife. He says, “Main koi bail thode hi huu, ki aate hi chaara khaa lu.” Saurabh Shukla is referred to as gulab jamun (body shaming be damned) by a policeman and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The plot is simple – Bhola is a scamster who marries women for their money. He is able to sustain this scam, and his confused and stressed state of mind while doing so is what constitutes comedy. His wives have little do (except look hot in sarees and fawn over Bhola’s innocence) and their performances are too over the top. Saurabh Shukla’s acting is consistent as always, and Arshad Warsi is convincing in some scenes, annoying in others.
The climax is plain outrageous and it’s shocking that a serious filmmaker like Prakash Jha has backed this film.
Do not watch this film even if you are the biggest Arshad Warsi fan alive. Enough said.