“It’s definitely one of the most exciting experiences"
British Pakistani actress Zoha Rahman is set to make her Bollywood debut in the upcoming movie 83 (2021).
She will share the screen with superstar husband-wife acting duo, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.
Directed by Kabir Khan, the biographical sports drama is based on the story of former Indian cricket captain, Kapil Dev.
The film takes its name from when he led his team to victory in the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
Singh, who plays Dev, and Padukone who plays his wife Romi Bhatia, have appeared in a number of movies together in the past.
These include the major hits, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela (2013), Bajirao Mastani (2015) and Padmaavat (2018).
Meanwhile, Rahman will play a first-generation UK immigrant who can be spotted watching the match in a teaser for the film.
Sharing the teaser on his Instagram, Singh wrote: “The greatest Story. The greatest Glory.”
While this is her first major role in Indian cinema, Rahman previously played a character’s girlfriend in Mr Majnu (2019).
After appearing in the Telegu the rom-com, she went on to feature as an extra in the star-studded comedy Housefull 4 (2019).
Following these minor roles, the actress was then cast as the character Radha in Zee5’s London Confidential (2020).
However, she is best known for portraying the first hijab-wearing character in Hollywood’s Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The 27-year-old was seen in Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019).
The movie featured Tom Holland and Zendaya in the lead roles.
Speaking about her latest role, she said:
“It’s an honour to be part of such a huge project next to some of the greatest stars of our time.
“It’s definitely one of the most exciting experiences of my life.”
The movie, 83, was set to be released on April 10, 2020, but had to be pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It has had several release dates since then but has now been scheduled to hit cinemas on December 24, 2021.
Rahman was born and raised in Jhelum, Pakistan and moved to the UK in 2012, where she finished her education.
The actress originally began working as a model while studying for her law degree and then made her way into acting.
She studied at the Identity School of Acting in London, the city in which she is currently based.
Zoha Rahman is currently starring as Ainee in the hit Sky Entertainment serial, Dil-e-Momin (2021).