Nothing ruffles feathers in EastEnders more than the arrival of a new family, and with the Panesar clan on their way to Walford, its safe to say that tensions will likely be running high among Albert Square residents this autumn.
Described by show bosses as charming by nature – but a force to be reckoned with, the Panesar clan are a British Asian family of Punjabi Sikh heritage and is comprised of siblings Kheerat (Jaz Deol), Jags (Amar Adatia) and Vinny (Shiv Jalota). Upon their arrival, theyre set to feud with one of Walfords big families — although which clan it is has yet to be revealed.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about the new arrivals, Executive Producer Jon Sen said: Obviously EastEnders is a show which prides itself on diversity and representing modern London and modern Britain and we were really keen on finding a way of telling stories from the Sikh community, so they arrive —these three siblings who are very different in and of themselves.
The eldest of the three siblings, Kheerat, is a successful businessman who knows exactly what he wants. Jags idolises his brother — although he somewhat lives in his shadow — and nothing ever seems to go right him, something which tends to leave the rest of his family — and Kheerat — rather unimpressed.
Then theres Vinny, who is seemingly sweet — and has been indulged since the day he was born. In other words, hes the golden boy of the family. However, theres a lot more to Vinny than meets the eye as, behind that innocent exterior, hes no angel.
Jon said: Whats really interesting about them is that Kheerats 31, Jags the middle one — a bit younger at 27 — and then youve got Vinny the ingénue, and yet hes got the shortest fuse in history.
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