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  • Bollywood’s Nimrat Kaur to star in Homeland

    Actress Nimrat Kaur is to play a role in the next series of the hit American TV show Homeland. She is currently filming Season Four of the drama in Cape Town with the rest of the cast.

    Nimrat Kaur

    Nimrat's career is certainly on the rise, as she takes on her biggest role yet.

    Nimrat Kaur has so far made her name in Indian cinema, but now the Bollywood star is set to appear in the next season of the American hit TV show, Homeland.

    Homeland has gained much critical acclaim, as well as being incredibly popular in the US and around the world.

    The show is a dramatic thriller which centres on a CIA officer named Carrie Mathison and a United States Marine Corps Scout called Nicholas Brody, who was killed off in the season three finale.

    These characters are played by Claire Danes and Damian Lewis respectively, and so Nimrat will join these famous actors as she takes to the screen in the show’s fourth season.

    Nimrat Kaur

    Nimrat originally began her career as a model, but soon progressed to acting. Interestingly, she originally gained public attention through a television advert for Cadbury.

    Nimrat has also worked on number of theatre projects with directors such as Sunil Shanbag and Manav Kaul in Mumbai.

    In 2013, the actress starred in The Lunchbox with Irrfan Khan, and received a large amount of publicity after the film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Now, Nimrat’s career is certainly on the rise, as she takes on her biggest role yet.

    When asked how she found herself working on Homeland, which has won both Emmy and Golden Globe awards, Nimrat said: “I was in London for some work and my agents got me this screen test… the audition went well.”

    In fact, Nimrat was only in London for a brief stop on her way from Slovenia back home to India. Even in this short time, the casting director of Homeland made the decision to involve her in the show, and her role was confirmed only a few days later.

    Nimrat will play a character called Tasleem, who is a Pakistani ISI agent. Speaking about her role, she says: “The character I am playing is an enigmatic woman and an antithesis to a typical Pakistani woman. She is strong yet very sensual.”

    32-year Nimrat acknowledges that Homeland is a very different experience to anything she has worked on previously.

    FilmingYet she says that she is enjoying the challenge: “It is a very different environment. I think it is important to be out of your comfort zone.

    “There is a lot to learn for an actor. It is very exciting to be in but there is a long way for me to go.”

    As Nimrat has previously never worked in Hollywood, this role marks a big break in her career.

    The shift of Homeland to a Pakistani setting, which is being recreated in CapeTown, also marks a move towards the show involving different cultures and being more aware of its South Asian audience.

    This next instalment of the thriller will also feature Art Malik from True Lies and Suraj Sharma from the movie Life of Pi.

    After her part in Homeland, Nimrat is returning to India for a while. There are also rumours that she may soon be taking a starring role in a new film with Rajkummar Rao, though Kaur says that nothing has yet been finalised.

    She has however said that she would love to star in a Hindi film next, and so hopes that production for this movie can be arranged.

    Whatever Nimrat decides to do after Homeland, we can be certain that we will be seeing a lot more of her on our screens very soon, in both America and South Asia.

    Eleanor is an English undergraduate, who enjoys reading, writing and anything media related. Aside from journalism, she is also passionate about music and believes in the motto: “When you love what you do, you’ll never work another day in your life.”

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