Who plays Aisha in Ms. Marvel? Who is Mehwish Hayat in Ms. Marvel?

Ms. MarvelKamala’s fifth episode (the penultimate of Season 1) went to the not-so-distant past to finally explain what happened to Kamala’s great-grandmother, Aisha. We see her meet Kamala’s great-grandfather, give birth to Sana, Kamala’s grandmother, and of course, meet Najma, who will later give birth to Kamran.

Throughout the episode, Aisha struggles to balance her obligation to her new family and the Djinn she came to our dimension with. Ultimately, her loyalty lies with Sana and her husband, rather than Najma. During the partition, Aisha tries to leave for newly formed Pakistan with her family and a very special set of bangles. Najma, however, resents this betrayal.

As Aisha clearly wishes to stay with her family rather than return with the other Djinn, Najma kills Aisha, just as her family searches for a seat on the train that will take them to Pakistan. And that’s where we find Kamala, who Najma forced into the past when she hit Kamala’s bracelet in the present.

Kamala sees Aisha and watches her great-grandmother die, but not before seeing Aisha transfer her powers to a set of bracelets, which Kamala later finds in the present day and uses to activate her powers. Before returning to the present, Kamala then helps Sana, her grandmother who is only a toddler during the Partition, to find her father before the train leaves. It was Kamala, we learn, who created the “star trail” we’ve been hearing about since the beginning of Ms. Marvel.

Aisha’s story is one we’ve been waiting for all season, so it makes sense that fans would be curious about who plays such an important character in Kamala’s backstory. Here is what we know about the actress who plays Aïcha in Ms. Marvel.

Who plays Aisha in Ms. Marvel Episode 5?

Aisha, Kamala’s great-grandmother, is played by Mehwish Hayat, a well-known Pakistani actress with a long television and film career. She won a Lux Style Award, a prestigious film and television award in Pakistan. According its imdBShe first appeared in Neeli, a 2006 television series. Ms. Marvel is Hayat’s first major role in an American television series, where she appeared in episode 3 and episode 5. On Instagram (where Hayat has nearly 5 million followers), the actress teased her role in the show over the past month, including a video of her getting ready for the show’s Hollywood red carpet. In one of her most recent posts, she posed in her chair dressed as Aisha to announce her appearance in Ms. Marvelthe fifth episode.

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Talk with game radar, Hayat said the experience was “magical” and loved that the show incorporated a historic moment that was integral to the formation of Pakistan. She wants her role to help people better understand the South Asian experience. “It just brings people together and I think it creates that bridge between them to understand on a human level that, ‘Oh my god, that’s how much they’ve suffered.’ It’s such a beautiful way that Marvel has actually been brave enough, or experimental enough, to incorporate that.”

She also said it was hard to keep her role a secret, especially since Pakistan didn’t get the first two episodes of Ms. Marvel until a week later in the United States “My patience was tested. I was filming in Thailand and had to make sure not to post anything because the whole world was closed due to COVID. I so literally had to hold myself back. I wanted to scream and scream at the top of a mountain to say, ‘Hey, I did it!'”

There is only one episode of Ms. Marvel left (at least in Season 1; Season 2 has yet to be announced), so it’s unclear if Aisha will make another appearance or if this is the end of Hayat’s time on the show. In case you need a reminder, we have a helpful posting schedule so you don’t miss the Ms. Marvel finale, which is sure to tease the MCU’s next major release.

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