Exciting to be a part of culturally inclusive ‘Ms Marvel’: Farhan Akhtar

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It wasn’t the length of the role but the excitement of being part of Marvel Studios’ first steps into the South Asian subcontinent that motivated actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar to join ‘Ms. Marvel”, a show he considers a landmark in the way it represents ”our cultures and our people”. Akhtar is known for directing acclaimed films ”Dil Chahta Hai”, ”Lakshay” and ”Don” as well as his on-screen performances in the films ”Luck by Chance”, ” Rock On!!’ and ”Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, made his Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) debut with the Disney+ show Hotstar.

When she was first offered ”Ms. Marvel’ actor said he was overwhelmed by the cultural inclusiveness and diversity of the show, which centers on Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, a Pakistani-American teenager growing up in Jersey City.

“When I found out that the show was the very first step that Marvel is taking in the subcontinent, creating a superhero from the subcontinent that will represent our cultures and our peoples, I was very excited,” said Akhtar at PTI in a virtual video. interview.

”I really wanted to be part of it because it’s a historical spectacle. And I think that’s important because it’s diverse. There’s an incredible amount of cultural inclusivity that happens through the show,’ he added.

Led by newcomer Iman Vellani, ”Ms. Marvel’ is the coming-of-age story of a Muslim teenager who discovers she has superpowers and a family history dating back to the Indo-Pakistani partition in 1947.

‘Bad Boys for Life’ directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, two-time Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Meera Menon, who has worked on shows like ‘The Walking Dead’, have directed the episodes of the series.

Akhtar features in the fourth episode of the series, titled ”Seeing Red”, directed by Obaid-Chinoy. He tries out for the role of Waleed, a senior member of an organization called Red Dagger. Waleed acts as a mentor for Kamala when she lands in Karachi to meet her maternal grandmother and uncover the mystery behind her superpowers.

The actor said he wasn’t concerned about the length of his role on the show, as the focus was to be on a culturally diverse story.

”I didn’t stop to think whether it should be longer or not. I was really happy. “According to Akhtar, Marvel Studios has worked hard to bring family artists its movies and now its TV shows.

“What Marvel has done over the years, even before the show, they’ve always been striving to provide really good, clean family entertainment. And this series is in the same vein. I don’t think there’s a point to make as such, but it’s a new experience for the audience.

“It’s a new experience for the viewer who is connected to the universe and committed to watching what they’re doing,” he added.

Akhtar teased viewers about some exciting things to look forward to in the upcoming episodes of the show.

”As you may have already noticed, she has returned to the subcontinent. She’s gone home, there’s a lot more fun ahead of her, and a lot more exciting things for the public to watch.” As for her involvement in future Marvel projects or her return to this role, the 48-year-old actor said he was open to any offer from the studio.

“I feel like I’m already a part of the MCU playing Waleed… Of course I wish more things happened because I had an amazing time working on the show. I leave that to their best judgment. But from my side, whenever they want me to come back and do whatever they need for this character, I’ll be there,’ Akhtar said.

There has been considerable buzz surrounding the casting of Akhtar and Pakistani superstar Fawad Khan in the series which has been hailed for its portrayal of a culturally rich history of India and Pakistan, through its many references to Bollywood and Shah Rukh Khan, his positive focus on Islam and family values. . ”There are many generations that are affected throughout history, as you may have already noticed. Family plays a very important role in the series,” Akhtar said. While the Bollywood actor-director has a sizable role in the series’ fourth episode, Fawad Khan makes a wink-and-miss-you appearance in a family portrait Kamala’s grandmother shows him.

”Mrs. Marvel” also includes Nimra Bucha, Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, Azhar Usman and Travina Springer.

The show is available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.

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