Gone are the days when heroes could get away despite having more than one-wife onscreen. The act made popular by director David Dhawan and his frequent collaborators Govinda and Salman Khan died with the last millennium as Social Media took over, leaving no difference between public and private life. In such an era, to make a film like Fraud Saiyaan where a conman married as many as 12 women at the same time is not just criminal but also detrimental to the brain.
The film follows the adventures of a Bhola (Arshad Warsi) who marries women, takes their money and then lives his life as he wants until one day he falls in love himself. His apprentice (Saurabh Shukla) has his own agenda whereas the women he marries wants him to clear the air which he does, in his own style. How Bhola manages to avoid the deadline set by his gangster wife and fall in love for the 13th time is what makes the subject interesting, but only if you take it as a film made in the 90s.
Arshad Warsi is the ‘man’ of the film because he does more or less what Ricky Bahl (Ranveer Singh) does but a decade back; in the era of mobile phones, Facebook and Instagram, one can’t hide from two wives let alone twelve, that too without changing appearances. He and Saurabh Shukla try to recreate the magic of Jolly LLB but in the absence of a renowned female cast, Fraud Saiyaan falls flat and leaves without making a mark. Pakistani actress Sara Loren might think of herself as Mona Lizza but she is as weak as the other girls despite being more experienced.