Director- Sourabh Shrivastava
Producer- Sohail Sen, Tanishk Bagchi
Cast- Arshad Warsi ,Sara Loren, Flora Saini ,Saurabh Shukla, Nivedita Tiwari ,Peeyush Suhaney
Bollywood Times Reporter Harnidh Kaur asked the public to review Arshad Warsi Flick Fraud Saiyaan and seems like audience is not impressed with Arshad’s role in the movie. The audience gave ‘not so good’ reviews for the movie. The comedy drama failed to get response from the audience.
Let us have a look at honest reviews of the movie by some movie reviewers.
The Times Of India
Fraud Saiyaan is the story of Bhola Prasad Tripathi (Arshad Warsi), a conman who is married to multiple women. He has as many as 12 wives across Lucknow, Varanasi and Allahabad. In a surprising turn of events, he meets ML Chaurasia (Saurabh Shukla), the uncle of one of his wives, on a train to Varanasi.
While one expects Shukla’s entry to be the film’s turning point, it takes an absolutely bizarre route from here on to ultimately get trapped in a self-created coil. Even at 1 hour 50 minutes, Fraud Saiyaan takes ages to complete its runtime. By the interval, you, as a viewer, are certain that you have been on a pointless journey so far.
The fundamental problem with Fraud Saiyaan is that it features a conman who has an IQ less than that of a 6-year old. He thinks that he is too smart but we are never introduced to his clever antics. The women here are inexplicably dumb and it is only because of them that our main man comes across as intelligent in certain scenes. In this context, Maneesh Sharma’s Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, starring Ranveer Singh in the lead role, was a much better take on the subject, despite all its flaws.
The thing about Fraud Saiyaan though is that it gives these two talented artistes little to do. Bhola’s deception is detected by one wife, and then another, and then another, and then … yawn … who needs sleeping pills? Warsi’s charm is hard to resist and his comic timing sometimes lifts lines that do not deserve him, but there is only so much even a gifted actor can do with a script that is running on empty.
Never mind the hero’s attitude to women. The film’s own attitude to women is exemplified by the shooting of the ‘Chamma Chamma’ remix featuring Elli Avrram in microscopic clothing, executing a series of crude dance moves. The problem here is not the choreography or her outfit — the problem is, the human being in the outfit matters so little to the director that he has chosen graceless, awkward attire for a graceless, awkward dancer who seems to have been deemed irrelevant beyond her willingness to be semi-nude in the scene. Avrram’s limitations as a dancer are underlined when Warsi joins her briefly on stage — his relatively fluid movements show her up for the poor dancer that she is. In comparison, Rajkumar Santoshi may claim to have delivered high art via Urmila Matondkar in China Gate where this song was originally featured.
The climax of Fraud Saiyaan reminds us of another dictum on which many Bollywood comedies rest: men who cheat on their wives are funny and worthy of redemption, while women who cheat are irredeemable, despicable, contemptible jerks. Warsi’s continuing career struggles may explain why he agreed to be a part of this formulaic, dull, misogynistic rubbish. But what is worse is that Fraud Saiyaan is a Prakash Jha Productions presentation, with the senior producer-director’s daughter Disha Prakash Jha as one of its producers. Seriously Jha-saab, why?
Arshad Warsi tries his best to fit in something where he doesn’t belong. He’s good in some scenes but you literally can’t do anything when you get a script like Fraud Saiyaan.
Saurabh Shukla is totally out of his zone. Never for a single sequence, you feel he’s the same person who brings the house down in every of his movie. There are a dozen actresses and none of them has anything substantial enough to stand out.
Sourabh Shrivastava’s direction is a disaster. Because of the cheap production values and a horrendous script, nothing really shines. Prakash Kutty’s camera walks in sleep without maintaining the alignment of a single frame.
Amidst the tsunami of bad songs, Tanishk Bagchi’s recreated Chamma Chamma (which, also is a bad song) comes in as a relief because of Elli Avram. Background score is equally bad as the songs.
All said and done, Fraud Saiyaan is a movie that should be shown in criminal detention centres to torture the lying people. I’m going with one star just it’s a ready-to-watch movie & and I know how tough it’s to be able to create one.