Hollyoaks actor Rishi Nair, who plays Sami Maalik on the Channel 4 soap, has revealed the “nasty” fallout to the show’s special extremism episode as part of the ongoing radicalisation storyline.
The Maaliks have fallen target to a right-wing group, which newcomer Jonny Baxter is a member of.
Jonny and group leader Stuart are continuing to groom Ste Hay, who has a personal vendetta against the family over his sister Tegan Lomax’s death, encouraging him to take on their extremist views.
In shocking scenes this week, a special episode about the storyline saw an Asian character named Shahid Shirani attacked by the group in a racially motivated attack.
Speaking exclusively to Mirror online, Rishi has revealed the storyline will continue, with things set to get “nasty”.
After his character Sami suspected something might be going on with the group, after his family were stared out by them in the village, the star revealed that his suspicions will soon be confirmed.
Admitting the special episode was the “spark” for the plot, Rishi told us: “It’s this episode when they realise something not quite right is happening and they think, ‘Is it racial?’.
“When it does first happen it’s almost like did that just happen, and is it racism or am I overthinking it. By the end of the episode viewers knew and the Maaliks cottoned on to it.
“As time progresses we’ll see with Sami and Misbah, the kind of heads of the family, how far they are prepared to go to protect the family.”
He added: “It will get worse as time goes on and it’ll become about how the family react to that and whether they will deal with it in a calm manner, or if fire meets fire… we’ll have to see.”
Rishi wasn’t so sure the family would forgive Ste for his involvement, admitting: “I think it all depends on how far does it go. If the Maaliks know he’s been groomed they might be forgiving but if it gets nasty… I don’t know myself how far it will go.
“It will depend, the Maaliks are quite forgiving and I think at this point where Ste has been quite horrible to Misbah at the hospital and the campaign against her… Sami kind of realises why Ste has been like that, he knows he blames Misbah for his sister Tegan’s death.
“Even though Sami doesn’t think it’s right, he’s allowing Ste to grieve and is giving him space, but it’ll get to the point where in the standalone episode it starts to get nasty and Sami thinks enough is enough. I don’t know if Ste can come back from it, it depends how far it goes and how much it affects the Maaliks.”
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6:30pm on Channel 4, followed by the next episode at 7pm on E4.
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