Mir talks about playing Arjun Batra in ‘Resident Evil’

Mir talks about playing Arjun Batra in ‘Resident Evil’

The first Pakistani actor to star in a Netflix original, Ahad Raza Mir has opened up about playing Arjun Batra (Arj) in the OTT adaptation of the zombie game series. demonic resident. He also talked about how OTT is helping artists break down geographical and conventional boundaries in an interview with Khaleej Times.

The show marks the second time that Ahad, popularly known for his television roles, will be seen in the OTT arena. Following the success of his portrayal of Hamlet as part of The Shakespeare Company, the actor, who is currently shooting the second season of BBC World on Fire in Ireland, he thinks he is ready to take on bigger challenges. And he plans to be as unconventional as possible with his choices. “OTT gives you this avenue to explore anything and that’s quite liberating for an actor,” the 28-year-old actor said before Resident Evil release.

“When you work on television, there are things you can’t do. But the great thing about OTT is that it gives you this avenue to explore anything. And that’s quite liberating for an actor. But the best part of OTT is that it is global. You can see it from anywhere. That is why platforms like Netflix are really valuable for everyone. As an actor, it’s exciting for people to see your work, but I think it’s also great for the audience to interact with each other from different parts of the world, watching the same content,” he added.

Netflix’s interpretation of the demonic resident The franchise is “a completely new retelling of history that follows tradition,” Ahad said. Variety. The actor, who is guilty of having played all demonic resident games and watched all the movies, he describes his character as someone who plays a more pivotal role in emotional moments. “I really have a great understanding of the tradition and history that demonic resident presents But what’s really interesting about this show is that it’s taking that tradition and turning it on its head, giving it a whole new presentation,” said the Ehd-e-Wafa added the actor.

He shared that because viewers already have a great understanding of the show, because of the franchise’s large fan base, the creators have created “these new characters for people who may not have played the games and don’t understand the show of before. And now you have this opportunity to connect with that.” So it was a great honor for Ahad to “create a new character for the franchise” on screen.

When asked if the creators made a conscious effort not to stray too far from the essence of the original, Ahad said Khaleej Times, “The core is there by name itself. The story, the characters that people have met in the games are all there, but what’s interesting is that they’ve created new ways to tell the same story. For example, if you look at Shakespeare productions, we all know the stories. We all know what happens in Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. But for some reason, we still find ourselves going to the theater or seeing new versions. So, it’s us taking the same story and exploring new ways to tell it.”

Despite being set in 2036, Resident Evil The story arc is contemporary in that it takes place after a deadly virus, Ahad said. Variety. “In this world of a zombie apocalypse or a virus like this, people react in ways that you may not be able to justify when you’re living a normal life. A really interesting thing to play as an actor was living in this very extreme world,” he shared. “It’s fun but it can be challenging because you’re trying to create this world in your mind, a do-or-die extreme. Whether it’s an action sequence or an emotional scene, every moment is heightened.”

The actor, however, feels that the real success of the show is in his performance. “Sometimes on a show you have the symbolic brown guy or the symbolic Asian guy, but what Netflix is ​​doing is getting rid of that. People are there on the show, not based on a stereotypical skin-based idea of ​​that character; it’s more about “this is the right person for the role.” And I like that that’s happening.”

Ahad has also revealed that there could be a second season for demonic resident and expect to be in it. “From what I’ve heard, I think there will be a follow-up series. Obviously it depends on how the show goes the first time. But I am hopeful.”

In 2019, Ahad starred in Hamlet: A Ghost Story. His portrayal of Hamlet earned him Canada’s Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor. He is looking forward to producing another stage version of Village at a 1,200-seat theater in Toronto later this year.

demonic resident has been streaming on Netflix since July 14.

In Pakistan, Ahad has earned considerable praise for his performances in Parwaaz Hay Junoon (2018), Aangan (2018), Ehd-e-Wafa (2019) and Yeh Dil Mera (2019). your series Dhoop Ki Deewarwhich sees him star alongside Sajal Aly, was a worldwide success for the streamer ZEE5. In Canada, Mir has made a name for himself as a stage actor, especially after playing Hamlet, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (2014) and Lennox in Macbeth (2015).

A story-telling scripted live-action series based on Capcom’s hit video game franchise, demonic resident sees Lance Reddick star as Albert Wesker, while the cast also includes Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph and Paola Nuñez. Constantin Film, which previously produced the six-feature film franchise based on the games, acts as the studio behind the series. Andrew Dabb serves as writer, executive producer and executive producer, with Mary Leah Sutton also serving as writer and executive producer.

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