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Fraud Saiyaan teaser: Arshad Warsi looks all happy to be playing a casanova

With the tagline of ‘Every man is a dog’, Fraud Saiyaan shamelessly spells out its lusty intention.

Mayur Lookhar

Boys will be boys. Ever wondered who was the one who came up with this line? It sure must have been a man who wanted to defend the misdeeds, especially the infidel acts committed by his kind. How often do philandering men get away with this line? Immoral it may be, but often infidelity forms the base for many a sex comedies. Masti (2004) and Kya Kool Hai Hum (2005) proved that if this subject is handled well, it can appeal to the target audience.  

In the time of #MeToo, making a film on a philandering protagonist is not such a wise idea. But that’s exactly what you get in director Sourabh Shrivastava’s Fraud Saiyaan. The title is enough to give away the plot. 

The film is produced by Prakash Jha, who is known for making serious, social dramas. The makers released the second teaser of the film, and if you are one who is totally committed to your partner, then Fraud Saiyaan has little to engage you. Those who like such humour, would have a curiosity around the film, but is that enough to attract eyes towards this film? 

Based on the teaser, Fraud Saiyaan doesn’t hold much promise. Bhola Prasad Tripathi (Arshad Warsi) has an innocent name but the man from Lucknow is a Casanova. He is married but Tripathi cannot control his lust. Pakistani actress Sara Loren is one of his prey. 

The film goes with the tagline - 'Every man is a dog'. The problem with the teaser though is that there is a sense of shamelessness attached to it. Even if the moral argument is kept aside, the teaser is not really enticing. The music playing in the background with the chanting of 'Fraud Saiyaan' is annoying. Perhaps, the trailer will offer something better. What cannot be disputed though is that Warsi seems to be reveling in this playboy avatar. Will his fans like him in this role? Well, only time will tell. 

In a new development, director Shrivastava has alleged that the producers have completely changed the film, and that it no longer is one that Shrivastava and Jha had agreed to make. He has now written to Jha asking him to remove his name from the film's credit as writer and director. That the director himself wants nothing to do with the film, does not bode well for Fraud Saiyaan.

The film is set to be released on 18 January.

Watch the teaser below:

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