If you’ve been keeping up with Ms. Marvel, you most probably know that in the latest episode Bollywood’s Farhan Akhtar made a guest appearance as Waleed. Despite his short appearance, his character received a lot of love online. Now the actor has told Indian media that people must enjoy the show and “Kamala’s journey”.
In an exclusive interview with India Today on Friday, the actor talked about his character Waleed and his abrupt ending in the episode. When asked if he is dead in reference to the scene where Karim tells Kamala “he’s gone”, Akhtar said he is “not allowed to answer it”. He did, however, explain that the reason he took the role is to ensure the representation of South Asians. “People have been invested in the show. For us, it is really exciting because it is culturally representing us. It makes it very special. And that was the most exciting part for me being involved with the show.”
His character, Waleed, is the lead of a group called the Red Daggers that ends up fighting The Clandestines, led by Najma (Nimra Bucha), in order to protect Kamala and her bangle. While fighting, his character gets stabbed by Najma and falls to the ground. Karim (Aramis Knight) says he and Kamala must continue the fight. Seeing his body lying on the ground made everyone question his fate and whether Waleed will live on in the film The Marvels.
Taking speculations into account, Akhtar answered that people “must enjoy the show and should enjoy Kamala’s journey” because to him that’s what’s important. He also mentioned that the story has been focused on Kamala and it has been the same since episode one. About representation, Akhtar said that the show means a lot to everyone because “culturally it represents us (South Asians)”.
“People have been invested in the show. For us, it is really exciting because it is culturally representing us. It makes it very special. And that was the most exciting part of me being involved with the show. Because of what the show represents. Whether it is my family or my friends, my kids and their friends, everyone is very excited to have seen me on this show,” he said.
Opening up about the first Muslim superhero in the MCU, Akhtar said that he considers himself “lucky” to have been part of Ms. Marvel.
“There is so much love coming in for the character of Kamala. I’m sure it is going to open doors and it will create more content. There has to be a first and it happens to be now. We should be thankful that it is happening and we look forward to some more fun times,” said the Bhaag Milkha Bhaag actor.