The family of Kal Nazir (Jimi Mistry) is to be introduced to ITV soap Coronation Street over the coming months in a plotline that will see Weatherfield’s personal trainer open a gym in the area.
“We’ve already established that Kal’s son and daughter both live with Kal’s mum and dad, so we’re going to bring them onto the Street,” producer Stuart Blackburn told RadioTimes.com “It’ll be the first Muslim family that Corrie has ever had.”
Kal will go into business with his father Sharif (to be played by Marc Anwar) and corner shop owner Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin) when they open a gymnasium at Victoria Court, the complex at the end of Victoria Street where Leanne (Jane Danson) and Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) currently reside.
“We’ve cast Kal’s dad, who I’m already loving on paper. He’s a man who retired some time ago after making enough money,” revealed Blackburn. “You can imagine that he’s had some health problems and his wife has told him, ‘you’re not going to work for 12 hours a day any more, you blithering idiot’.”
Jimi Mistry’s character Kal made his debut back in December 2013 when it was quickly established that he was a widower wth two children. Speaking at the time, the former EastEnders star said: “He’s an alpha male – I think they were keen to bring in a strong male character. I like to think of him as someone who’s quite charming and inspiring, but you can tell there’s definitely another side to him. And this is what we’re going find out.”