CHENNAI: Bollywood actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar made a brief appearance as Waleed in Episode 4 of Marvel's new show Ms Marvel.
Farhan is just one of the many South Asian actors to appear on the MCU show, which has also featured Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, and stars Mohan Kapur in a recurring role.
Given that two-time Oscar winner Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy directed the episode, it is not a surprise that Ali Sethi’s popular song Pasoori, and Pakistani chartbuster--Nazia Hassan’s iconic Disco Deewane made into the episode as well.
The show now has a unique blend of MCU and South Asian masala films, embracing the desi vibe from showcasing a grand Bollywood customed weeding, autorickshaw chase in Karachi streets, talks and portrayal on Partition of India, Shah Rukh Khan references to featuring music by Indian and Pakistani talent.
Before the episode was out, Farhan Akhtar tweeted, "It's my pleasure to introduce you to Waleed! Catch me in the latest episode of Ms. Marvel on @DisneyPlusHS. Marvel Studios' #MsMarvel four episodes, now streaming in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and English." (sic)
Ms Marvel tells the story of Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), a brown girl from New Jersey who hates school and have high regards for Captain Marvel. She gets superpowers due to a bizzare event from her great-grandmother Aisha's bangle and whether she turns out to be the superhero's she imagined to be fighting evil forces or stays grounded due to her parents is what the show explores on.