EastEnders: Ace Bhatti says Yusef Khan isn’t trying to kill Zainab Masood

by Lynn Connolly

In a forthcoming episode of EastEnders, we’ll see Walford baddie Dr Yusef Khan crushing tablets into Zainab Masood’s food, causing her to overdose on sleeping pills.

However, Ace Bhatti, who plays Yusef, has told Soaplife that his character isn’t looking to kill Zainab (Nina Wadia), but he does want to “control” her.

Speaking to Soaplife, Ace said, “He doesn’t want Zainab to die, but he doesn’t want anybody to know he’s been giving her drugs.

“He’s playing with her. He has feelings for her, but his idea of love is slightly different to most people’s.”

Ace went on to reveal that part of his motivation for wanting to disrupt Zainab’s life so much is by way of revenge for her having an affair with Masood (Nitin Ganatra) while she was married to Yusef.

It was because of that that Yusef trapped Zainab in a house fire many years ago.

Of that Ace said, “Yusef’s family put him up to it because Zainab had an affair with Masood.

“He lit the match, but it’s never been established whether it was out of anger, revenge or pressure. Who knows?”

However, Yusef’s plan begins to unravel when Zainab tells him she wants to stop taking the tablets.

Ace said, “Yusef fears he’s losing her. He offers to get her some different drugs, but she wants to stop the pills completely.

“So he secretly crushes the pills into her food. She’s drowsy after dinner and calls out to him, but he ignores her.

“She collapses unconscious on the sofa. Yusef walks over and kisses her gently before putting the pill bottle in her hand.

“Then he leaves the house…

”It’s a calculated risk. If she died there’d be a post-mortem and they’d know somebody was giving her pills.

“He’s trying to make her think she’s tried to hurt herself and that way she’ll be more reliant on him…”

And finally, when asked, “Would he kill Masood if he had to?” Ace replied, “Let’s just say he’d do what he had to in order to get Masood out of the picture.”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.