Kheerat Panesar (Jaz Deol) was destroyed by the death of Chantelle Atkins (Jessica Plummer) in EastEnders, and he’s determined to get to the bottom of what really happened on the night in question.
Chantelle had been planning on leaving abusive husband Gray (Toby-Alexander Smith) prior to her death, and Kheerat had been assisting her.
She’d evidently fallen in love with him, and he with her, and thus they’d resolved to ‘cash in’ on their relationship and start anew elsewhere.
However, Gray sadistically murdered Chantelle in Friday’s episode (September 18), and thus Kheerat was left heartbroken.
He knows there’s more to this than meets the eye, and it’s evident that he believes Gray played a part in the young woman’s death.
Speaking about Kheerat’s determination to expose the truth, actor Jaz Deol said: ‘I think he knew in his gut instinct that something wasn’t right there. In his mind he cannot dispute that feeling and it haunts him to this day. Maybe even the rest of his life.
‘I mean, think about it, Kheerat was about to sacrifice everything to run away with Chantelle and it was cut so short that there can only be one explanation for it.
‘The tragedy is he just doesn’t have the evidence to prove it. He’s an incredibly logical man that is battling the irrationality and impulsiveness of his grief.
‘He knows he can’t act on his anger – Gray is a solicitor by trade so he knows how to exploit the legal system better than anyone else. In a way Gray is Kheerat’s Moriarty and, much like Sherlock, the stage is set for Kheerat to expose the truth.
What’s beautiful about the show is that Jon [Sen, Executive Producer] and Kate [Oates, Senior Executive Producer] sow these seeds and we have no idea where it’s going to go.’
While we haven’t a clue what happens next, what we do know is that Mitch Baker’s (Roger Griffiths) interest was piqued by Kheerat and Gray’s face-off, so could Kheerat find an ally in Mitch?
Jaz said: ‘He needs an ally because he’s well aware Gray is Albert Square’s knight in shining armor. After all he’s helping Whitney in her ongoing trial so how could he possibly be Chantelle’s murderer? If anything, the odds are stacked against Kheerat for even considering it.
‘Knowing Mitch’s history with Gray, Kheerat is playing on the heartstrings of a man that wasn’t able to protect his baby girl because he couldn’t protect Chantelle either.
‘It’s something that they can both connect with. That feeling of helplessness.’
EastEnders continues Thursday September 24 at 7:35pm on BBC One.
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