Ms. Marvel EXCLUSIVE: Rish Shah on growing up watching Krrish and Ra. One before landing up with the MCU show
Rish Shah, Matt Lintz and Yasmeen Fletcher spoke to us about their upcoming series Ms. Marvel in an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla.
Marvel is all set to introduce its first female South Asian superhero with the story of Kamala Khan in their upcoming show Ms. Marvel. The show is special for many reasons including that Khan happens to be MCU's first Muslim superhero. Starring Iman Vellani in lead, Ms. Marvel tells a unique story of a teen dealing with her identity and superpowers.Â
Pinkvilla had the humble opportunity to speak to the stars of Ms. Marvel, Rish Shah, Matt Lintz and Yasmeen Fletcher in a group interview ahead of the series' release and we asked them what was the best part about joining the MCU.Â The series stars Matt Lintz as Kamala's best friend Bruno whereas Yasmeen Fletcher essays the role of Khan's other close friend, Nakia and Rish Shah will be seen playing Kamran on the show. Speaking about their MCU experience, Matt was quick to dismiss about them having any inside knowledge yet.Â Matt said, "We know nothing."
Although Rish chimed in further and said, "I think the coolest thing was, all of us, every single day, going to set and the stages and we got to see the set designs and how unbelievably vast the sets are" which his co-star Yasmeen Fletcher instantly agreed. Fletcher also revealed, "The thing that I am most grateful to Marvel is like meeting these guys (pointing at Rish and Matt) and being on set with them every day."
Rish further also opened up on his experience of landing up with an MCU show. The British Asian star was asked about the show's Bollywood connection given how his and Vellani's characters share a conversation about their love for Hindi films on the show. Shah was quick to admit that Bollywood has been a major part for him while growing up in London.Â
Speaking about his connection to India and his Bollywood fandom, the actor said, "My naani (grandmother) still lives in Worli( Mumbai, India) and I used to grow up watching, basically every film I could. I would go to watch them in London with my family or if I was in my dad's hometown in Baroda, so it [Bollywood] has been a huge part of my life."Â
Adding on, the actor spoke about watching Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan's superhero films in theatres and how it all comes full circle as he stars in Marvel's new show and how elements of Bollywood that the MCU show consists of will be relatable to many saying, "Growing up I saw Krrish and Ra. One and it's so amazing that we get to be on a platform where Kamala's story is being told on a really accessible platform and the whole world can relate to it and watch the show on a global level. I think that's the biggest blessing for me."Â
Along with Iman Vellani and Rish Shah, the show also stars seasoned South Asian actors such as Mohan Kapur and Zenobia Shroff. Farhan Akhtar and Fawad Khan are also other popular South Asian celebs who have been deemed to have cameos in the series.
Ms. Marvel is all set to release on June 8 with its first episode following which new episodes will drop weekly on Disney+ Hotstar.
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