As we reported earlier this week, in upcoming episodes of EastEnders, Masood is set to be tested to this manly limits when his sexy lodger Ayesha (Shivani Ghai) makes it clear to him that she’s his for the taking…
She’ll do so via the medium of making a pass at him while wearing just a towel, and as Masood is increasingly sick of his wife Zainab’s constant nagging and snobbish attempts at social climbing, it seems that he may find it hard to say no to smitten Ayesha.
While speaking to Inside Soap about the plot twist, Nitin Ganatra, who of course plays hen-pecked postie Masood, explained, “Whether you’re a man or a woman, if you’ve been in a relationship for 30 years, it does take the excitement out of things.
“So for a young lady to emerge from his bathroom and say, ‘Take me, I’m yours’ – well, of course he’s tempted.”
Gentlemanly Nitin then revealed that he’d generously offered to get naked for the scenes, in order to make Shivani less self-conscious.
He said, “I offered to take my own clothes off if it would help – and I insisted that the crew took their clothes off too!
“But seriously, Shivani’s new to EastEnders and was possibly in a more vulnerable position than I was. You have to be the gentleman.
“We took the edge off the tension by joking around, as I wanted to make sure she didn’t feel nervous.
“Saying that, she handled herself just fine!”
It remains to be seen if Masood will in fact take Ayesha up on her offer – in the long run that is – but as we do know that Nina Wadia, who of course plays Zainab, is leaving the show, perhaps there could be a future for Masood and Ayesha!
For now though, here’s a look at Masood getting fed up with Zainab and her new – and expensive – water feature…