Actors Arif Zakaria and Ira Dubey’s first look from Freedom at Midnight unveiled

Actors Arif Zakaria and Ira Dubey’s first look from Freedom at Midnight unveiled

Nikkhil Advani serves as the showrunner and director for the series  

The first look of actors Arif Zakaria and Ira Dubey from Nikkhil Advani’s Freedom at Midnight was unveiled by the makers on Saturday. Arif is set to showcase the various facets of Muhammed Ali Jinnah in the series while Ira plays his sister, Fatima Jinnah who played a significant role in supporting and influencing his journey.

Speaking about playing Jinnah in the series, actor Arif Zakaria said in a release, “In preparing to portray Muhammad Ali Jinnah, I realized how important it was to depict him as a flawed and complicated human being rather than an untouchable hero. I intend to add dimensions to Jinnah's persona by delving into the depths of his psyche, bringing forth his complexity and revealing the motivations that inspired his acts. I hope to give a more genuine and comprehensive picture of Jinnah by adopting this method.”

Ira spoke of the challenge in portraying the character and said in a statement, “My role in this series is unlike any other I have played in the past, bringing me a unique yet challenging opportunity as an actor. Fatima’s bond with her brother, Jinnah, and her influence on him is a lesser-known aspect. She played a significant role in his life, standing by him from the start until the end, and the series will shed light on this dynamic relationship."

Nikkhil gave some insights into casting the two for the series and said in a press note, "When casting for the roles of Jinnah and Fatima in the series, I was immediately drawn to Arif Zakaria for his striking physical presence - gaunt, towering, with piercing eyes and a commanding voice that exuded authenticity. His baritone and clipped British accent embodied the essence of Jinnah. In a similar vein, I chose Ira Dubey for her ability to embody the grace and strength of Fatima.”

He added, “Both actors effortlessly brought these characters to life, capturing the essence of their personalities and historical significance. Working with Arif and Ira was a testament to their talent and dedication, solidifying my belief that they were the perfect choices for these roles."

Earlier, the first look from the series was shared by the makers introducing actors Chirag Vohra as MK Gandhi, Sidhant Gupta as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajendra Chawla as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Adapted from the book by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins, Freedom at Midnight is Produced by Emmay Entertainment (Monisha Advani and Madhu Bhojwani) in association with StudioNext and Sony LIV. Nikkhil Advani serves as the showrunner and director of the series and it is written by Abhinandan Gupta, Adwitiya Kareng Das, Gundeep Kaur, Divya Nidhi Sharma, Revanta Sarabhai, and Ethan Taylor.

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