Thursday, 12 January 2017

What Zeedan Knows

Another great guest blog post from Coronation Street fan Rob Coates.  Rob recently wrote for us In Praise of Steve McDonald.

This time Rob writes about Zeedan Nazir and his words are poetic.

What Zeedan Knows
With that constant scowling look, Zeedan Nazir definitely Knows Something.
What he knows, nobody knows.
Even when he has nothing to know, he definitely Knows Something.
But what could it be that he Knows?
Perhaps he Knows how a constantly empty kebab shop manages to produce an increase in profits.
Perhaps he Knows that Rita is planning on charging an extra five pence per quarter of Midget Gems.
Perhaps he Knows the reason why Kevin doubled the size of the garage without needing to take on any extra staff.
So, I imagine, as Qasim Akhtar steps from his dressing room - make-up ladies flitting about him applying last-minute touches of powder to his face - as his long, flowing fur coat is removed gently from his shoulders, he steps on set.
His brow sufficiently furrowed, eyes narrowed and his lips thinner than Eva's waist, the director sees he is ready and shouts "action!"
Because in this scene, there is something that Zeedan Knows.
What does he Know?
We may never know.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for another insightful post! (Corrie viewers are so smart.) It's worth asking what makes Zeedan interesting to watch and I agree that he has a "still waters run deep" quality although, at the end of the day, you have to wonder what exactly IS going on behind the scowl and the narrow-eyed gaze. Add to that, it might be worth noting, that the characterization is consistent with a long history of portraying Asians as inscrutable. That doesn't make it bad, just worth noting.

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